On-campus work

Make sure you're eligible to work on campus

What is considered "on-campus" work?

Employment within the boundaries of the campus or in facilities owned, operated, or affiliated with UBC is considered on-campus work. This includes UBC’s Robson Square campus.

Your employer can be:
  • The University
  • A student organization
  • A private contractor operating within the boundaries of the campus, such as a business in the University Village or Wesbrook Village
  • Yourself, if you are self-employed and have a business registered on campus

On-campus work also includes university-related work at facilities such as teaching hospitals, clinics, and research institutes, which may be located off campus but have a formal association or affiliation with UBC; according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), you must be working as a teaching or research assistant and your work must be related to a research grant.

You can only work at the campus where you are studying full-time or at the campus within the same municipality. For example, if you are enrolled full time at the UBC Vancouver campus, you can work at the UBC Robson square campus. However, work at the UBC Okanagan campus is considered on-campus work only for students studying full time at that campus.

Make sure you're eligible to work on campus

You can work on campus starting on the first day of the term you begin studies at UBC if:

  • You have a valid study permit
  • You are a full-time international student at UBC, including exchange & visiting students

Full-time has many definitions at UBC. Visit UBC's definitions for immigration purposes.

How many hours can you work on campus per week?

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) does not limit the number of hours you can work on campus. Some UBC employers may restrict the hours students can work.

Benefits of working on campus

By working on campus, you can expand your social and professional networks, be more involved in the campus community and enhance your learning through work experiences in an academic setting. A portion of international undergraduate student tuition fees goes towards subsidizing on-campus work opportunities for eligible international students through Work Learn.

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