Build it and they will stay

The signs of a growing residential community on UBC’s Vancouver campus are everywhere, but numbers speak even louder to the sustainability aspirations of UTown@UBC.

Inspired by iconic college towns such as Cambridge and Harvard, UBC is transforming from a commuter campus to a complete sustainable community, where shops, services, parks and public transportation are all within walking distance.

A wildly successful universal transit pass, new housing for students, faculty and staff, and increased financial support are all part of a plan to make UTown@UBC a vibrant community to learn, work and live




With more than 9,000 students living on the Vancouver campus, UBC has more student housing on one campus than any university in Canada.


Currently 29 per cent of undergraduates and 22 per cent of graduate students live on campus.


More than 50 per cent of campus households include someone who works or studies at UBC. Of the nearly 3,100 units built since 1991, 20 per cent are rentals and 10 per cent are offered at non-market rates.




Automobile traffic coming to and from campus has decreased by 15 per cent since 1997 despite a 42 per cent growth in daytime population.


Thanks largely to the U-Pass, transit trips have more than tripled during this period, from 19,000 to 63,000 trips per day.


Financial Support

$300 million

Family homes on campus have contributed over $300 million to UBC’s Endowment Fund—approximately a third of its total value—which finances scholarships, bursaries, professorships and research.


UBC’s Student Housing Financing Endowment will direct a large portion of land lease proceeds from creating residential communities on the Vancouver campus toward student housing projects.

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