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

Vice-President, Students Office

The Vice-President, Students Office is committed to supporting student-focused initiatives both within the VPS and across campus, particularly in the areas of equity, diversity, inclusion, inclusive excellence, anti-racism, Indigenous engagement, mental health and wellbeing, affordability, and student communications.

The following units are housed within the Vice-President, Students Office:

  • Student Communications
  • Student Conduct and Safety
  • Respondent Resource Specialist
  • Strategic and IBPOC Initiatives
  • Investigations Office
  • Human Resources
  • Executive Administration
  • Finance

Student Strategic Plan
Read the 5-year plan outlining the shared purpose and priorities in fostering an outstanding student experience across both campuses.

Anti-racism task force
Learn about UBC’s commitment to build a more inclusive university community and support those who are traditionally, systemically, and historically marginalized.

Beyond Tomorrow Scholars
The program supports academically qualified Black Canadian students in their transition to UBC from secondary school or another post-secondary institution.​​​​​​

Inclusion Action Plan
The plan identifies 5 goals and a series of action to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion on both campuses.

Investigations Office
The Office responds to formal reports of sexual misconduct and discrimination involving UBC students, faculty, and staff through investigations and alternative resolution processes.

Indigenous Strategic Plan
Launched in 2020, the Plan outlines 8 goals and 43 actions in the implementation of Indigenous peoples’ human rights.

Student Health and Wellbeing

Student Health and Wellbeing provides integrated health and wellbeing services, programming, and resources to help students thrive mentally, physically, and emotionally.

The Wellness Centre is a friendly, peer-hosted space that offers many wellbeing programs for students, including drop-in or virtual advising, a Sexual Health Shop, and wellbeing training and education. At Student Health Services, students can connect with a doctor, nurse practitioner, nurse, or other medical professional virtually or in-person at multiple locations across campus. Counselling Services offers mental health support to students in person, online, and over the phone.

In addition, staff, faculty, and students can participate in or book wellbeing events and workshops on navigating health resources, minimizing harm in situations with substance use, helping a friend in distress, and more. The Student Recovery Community provides a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for students who are in recovery, or curious to explore their relationship with alcohol, drugs, and/or addictive behaviours, including disordered eating, gaming, gambling, and more.

Students talking

Student health and wellbeing services
See on-campus, community, and online resources for students.

Wellbeing Strategic Framework
Review UBC’s vision on promoting health and wellbeing on campus.

Finding support tool
Get health and wellness options specific to your needs and location.

Assisting students in distress
Recognize the common signs of distress and what to do.

Student Affairs

Student Affairs provides comprehensive, student-centred support, resources, and programming to help students make the most of their time at UBC. Working in partnership across the university and with the wider community, Student Affairs helps students navigate university life, develop personally and academically, and connect to experiences and opportunities that prepare them to be engaged, global citizens. 

The Centre for Student Development and Leadership provides student leadership and involvement opportunities, as well as orientation programs like Jump Start and Collegia to welcome new students. Additionally, the Centre for Community Engaged Learning offers community grants, workshops, programs, and competitions around today’s most critical social and environmental issues.

The Centre for Accessibility offers disability-related accommodations to support students with disabilities or medical conditions. Additionally, International Student Advising provides visa and immigration information and resources to international students.

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office extends a safe and confidential space and support options to students, staff, and faculty who may have experienced sexual or gender-based violence, harassment, or harm.

Students laughing during discussion

Student Services Vancouver
Browse resources, services, programs, and support for Vancouver students.

Centre for Student Development and Leadership
Learn about orientation, student leadership, and experiential learning programs.

Centre for Accessibility
Connect to support if you have a disability or ongoing medical condition that may impact your student experience.

International Student Guide
Find everything you need to know about life as a UBC international student.

Global Lounge
Visit the space for student-led global, intercultural, and social justice initiatives.

Mastercard Scholar program
The program enables young people from economically disadvantaged communities to complete quality education.

Centre for Community Engaged Learning
If you’re passionate about addressing social and environmental issues, there are many projects, programs, and experiences for you to consider.

Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office
UBC Sexual Violence Response Specialists are here to support you if you’ve experienced any form of sexual or gender-based violence, harassment, or harm.

Student Careers

The Student Careers team supports students in every aspect of their career development, from the moment they begin their studies to graduation and beyond.

Programs and services in Student Careers help students apply their learning to real-world settings through paid work experiences and volunteer roles, including Co-op, on-campus jobs, and the Work Learn program.

The Student Careers team also offers career advising, mentorship programs, events, networking opportunities, and workshops to help students reflect on their skills and interests while exploring their career path.

Two UBC students in Science lab looking at a specimen under a microscope

Career Advising
Walk through your resume and cover letter with a Career Advisor or receive support on developing your career.

Work full-time in your area of study while completing your degree.

Work Learn
Develop valuable skills through a part-time, on-campus job and expand your professional network.

Career resources and information
Start here for the tools and help you may need to grow your career.

What can I do with my degree?
Learn about potential careers related to your major or program.

Student Housing and Community Services

UBC provides accommodation for more than 13,000 students across 15 residences on the Vancouver campus and 10 residences on the Okanagan campus. The student housing and residence teams offer extensive resources and events that support the health, wellbeing, and safety of our students living in residence.

UBC Food Services plans healthy, innovative dining options for students with a focus on local ingredients, sustainable packaging, and creating welcoming spaces for students to share meals and build community. 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, UBC Childcare, Campus Mail, the UBC Bookstore, and UBC Parking.

Two UBC students have a coffee in a UBC residence

Vancouver Residences
Learn what it’s like to live in residence at the Point Grey campus.

Food Services
Browse places to eat on campus, student meal plans, and catering options.

UBC Bookstore
Shop for textbooks, school supplies, UBC merchandise, and more.

UBC Parking
Buy and renew parking permits, find parking, or pay your tickets.

Conferences and accommodation
Host your group, event, or conference in campus venues and rooms.

Child Care Services
UBC operates licensed group care for children from infancy through elementary school age on the Vancouver campus.

Campus Mail
Mail sorting and delivery services are offered to UBC departments and student residences.

Athletics and Recreation

From varsity sport to fitness classes and intramurals, UBC Athletics and Recreation is dedicated to making sure all students can engage in healthy physical activity, access world-class sport facilities, and attend high-caliber sporting events while making friends, learning new skills, and having fun.

UBC Recreation helps the campus community to get active with a wide variety of options, including Intramural sports, the Get Moving Program, and major events like Day of the Longboat and Storm the Wall. The UBC Rec team also has a wide variety of fitness programs and classes, and the Inclusive Recreation program works to improve access to programs and services, and remove barriers to participation for the entire UBC community. 

UBC is home to the Thunderbirds, who have won more national championships than any other varsity program in Canada. With 26 teams and over 600 student athletes, the Thunderbirds excel at the highest level of national and global competition and generate pride and school spirit amongst the UBC community. They also bring Thunderbird pride to students and the UBC community with marquee events like Homecoming, Winter Classic, and Courtside.

UBC student high-fives his teammates after completing the Storm the Wall tradition

UBC Thunderbirds
Learn more about our varsity athletics programs, and view the full event schedule for the UBC Thunderbirds.

UBC Recreation
Browse fitness and recreation experiences available at UBC for students.

Associate Vice-President, Students Portfolio, Okanagan

The Associate Vice-President, Students Portfolio provides services, programming, and support to students on the Okanagan campus including:

  • Office of the AVP Students
  • Athletics & Recreation
  • Indigenous Programs and Services
  • Global Engagement Office
  • Student Wellness
  • Sexual Violence and Prevention Response Office
  • Student Engagement and Learning
  • Academic and Career Development

Student resources and support
From wellness options to international student advising, to career development, UBC Okanagan is here to support you.

UBC Okanagan Food Services
Find budget-friendly eats and nutrition resources for Okanagan students.