Our work

The Vice-President, Students office provides institutional leadership in the areas of housing and food services, student health and wellbeing, student engagement, and athletics and recreation - engaging students everyday where they study, live, eat, play, and grow.

Athletics & Recreation

UBC recognizes that physical activity positively contributes to students' overall wellbeing, and offers them the opportunity to participate in numerous group and individual fitness activities on campus. All UBC students have access to free public skating, swimming, and drop-in sports, as well as discounted rates for recreation programs, classes, leagues, events, and fitness memberships.

At UBC, 25 varsity teams proudly wear the Thunderbirds logo. Consistently excelling at the highest levels of national and global competition, the UBC Thunderbirds have more national championship wins than any other varsity program in Canada. With a full calendar of tournaments and fan events, the UBC Thunderbirds generates pride and school spirit among the entire UBC community.

From large-scale varsity sport festivals to a huge variety of fitness classes and intramural sports, UBC Athletics and Recreation is dedicated to providing all students with the means to engage in healthy physical activity, and to experience entertaining sports events that build school pride and give students a fun way of connecting with each other. Students enjoy world-class facilities and high caliber sports events while making friends, learning new skills, and having fun.

Student Engagement

UBC welcomes new students from around the world every year, delivering equitable programming and leadership opportunities, regardless of who they are, where they’re coming from, or where they’re going following graduation.

Starting with robust orientation and transition programs like Jump Start and Collegia, students are actively encouraged to get involved in opportunities outside of the classroom throughout their time at UBC.

Our team partners with faculty and academic departments to support students in applying their course knowledge to challenges faced by their local and global communities. Through these opportunities, students gain the skills to help them prepare for work or future studies. Further, UBC offers diverse experiential learning opportunities such as Co-op or part-time jobs, the Work Learn program, volunteer roles, and student leadership or mentorship positions in many areas. 

Additionally, our office oversees several student services to ensure that all students receive the support they need for a successful university experience. From accessibility services to international student advising, to our equity and inclusion office, our team is continuously working to make sure UBC is a safe and welcoming place for everyone. 

Health and Wellbeing

UBC is committed to supporting and enhancing the health and wellbeing of all students as a necessary foundation for learning and involvement. One of the University’s top priorities is to help students thrive mentally, physically, and emotionally on campus.

At the Wellness Centre, trained students offer tips and resources on managing stress, studying, or navigating life as a student. On both campuses, students can also book appointments with doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals. Additionally, counselling is available in person on campus, or any time through Empower Me.

UBC is a safe space, and our support services welcome students of all gender identities, expressions, and sexualities.

Student Housing and Community

Every year, UBC provides accommodation for more than 12,000 students, across 14 residences on the Vancouver campus and 4 residences on the Okanagan campus.

Our housing and residence teams offer extensive resources dedicated to supporting the health, wellbeing, and safety of our students living in residence, and create unique residence community experiences throughout the year. At UBC, living in residence makes it easy for students to develop new friendships and engage deeply in all that the University offers.

Healthy eating is also a key component of supporting student wellbeing at UBC. UBC Food Services aims to create memorable and healthy food experiences in a socially and ecologically conscious manner. Many food services on campus source local ingredients and prepare plant-based options in house.

Student Housing and Community Services also oversees operations for UBC Conferences and Accommodations, and UBC Childcare.