About Vancouver and UBC

About Vancouver

Located on the west coast of Canada, Vancouver has been consistently voted by the United Nations as one of the world's most desirable places to live. With a population of about two million people, Vancouver is British Columbia's largest and Canada's third largest city.

Vancouver is a multicultural city with social and cultural activities to appeal to every taste. Parks and public beaches surround the city's harbour, offering plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities year-round. Attractions include Granville Island Market, Vancouver Aquarium, Stanley Park, and shopping along South Granville, in Chinatown, on Robson St, and in Gastown.

About the University of British Columbia

Established in 1908, the University of British Columbia (UBC) serves a student population of over 50,000 on two major campuses in two cities, and holds an international reputation for excellence in advanced research and learning. Independent international rankings have placed UBC among the world's top universities. UBC is a world leader in advanced research and instruction offering students the opportunity to engage in research and bring new knowledge and expertise to their fields.

Along with its breathtaking vistas of the ocean, forest and mountains, UBC boasts some of the city's best attractions, including the Museum of Anthropology, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, the UBC Botanical Garden, and forested trails in the adjoining Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

UBC has campuses and facilities throughout British Columbia:

How to Find UBC Extended Learning

UBC Extended Learning hosts classes at the UBC Point Grey campus, in downtown Vancouver at UBC Robson Square and online.

UBC Point Grey

UBC Robson Square

Resources for Visitors

Please refer to the information below to help you plan your stay in Vancouver.


On the UBC Point Grey Campus: Consider on-campus accommodation. UBC Conferences and Accommodation offers a wide range of options, from deluxe rooms at the West Coast Suites, to standard and premium suites at Gage Towers, as well as cost-effective single rooms in shared apartments. Please view the UBC Conferences and Accommodation website or call 1.888.822.1030 for more information. Green College, also located at the UBC Point Grey campus, has other accommodation available. Please view the Green College website for details.

Off-Campus: There are a variety of off-campus accommodation options available, many of which are located in the downtown Vancouver area, which is about 10km from the UBC Point Grey campus and is accessible by public transportation. Please view the Tourism Vancouver website for more information.

Homestay: Homestay is another accommodation option available to international students registered in a program through the UBC Extended Learning English Language Institute. Learn more about Homestay.


To and From the Airport (UBC Point Grey Campus or UBC Robson Square): The Vancouver International Airport is located 25-30 minutes to either the UBC Point Grey campus or UBC Robson Square by car or taxi. Travel options to and from the airport include public transportation, the Airport Shuttle Bus, as well as taxi and limousine services. For detailed information, please view Getting to and from YVR.

Vancouver Public Transit: Translink's free Trip Planning Service allows you to plan your trip to UBC from virtually any Lower Mainland location by bus, Skytrain, or Seabus. View Translink's Transit System Map. Route and schedule information, including bus frequency listings and route maps, are available on the Translink website, or call 604.953.3333.

UBC Point Grey Campus Parking: There are six parkades available on the UBC Point Grey campus. Please consult UBC Parking and Access Control Services for detailed parkade locations and fees. All parking areas are available on a first come, first served basis.

UBC Robson Square Parking: Enter Robson Square's underground parkade from Howe Street, just north of Nelson Street. Hourly parking charges apply. There is also limited, metered parking nearby. For more information, view UBC Robson Square.