Students living in residence

If you plan to live in student housing on campus (known at UBC as "residence"), Jump Start gives you the opportunity to move in early, get to know campus, and meet new friends.

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Make friends

Meet other first-year students who will be living in residence. Through fun social and academic events, get used to your new home, share meals, and hang out with friends and senior students.

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Learn how to learn at UBC

Get comfortable with university learning environments before classes start. Connect with a professor and senior peers from your faculty who will support your academic transition from high school to university.

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Explore your new home, university and city

Learn how to navigate campus, find classrooms, and places where you can study. Become familiar with resources and amenities before other students arrive. If you’re new to Vancouver, you can discover the city with people who know their way around.


Take care of the essentials

Set up your room, buy textbooks, or get banking and phone accounts organized. Explore work and volunteer opportunities, and find activities that interest you. By taking care of the essentials early, you’ll have more time to focus on what matters later.


Because of how important Jump Start is to your success at UBC, all programming costs are covered by the University.

The only cost to you for Jump Start (Residence Program) is approximately $500 CAD, which covers housing and food costs for the duration of the program.

Find answers to other Jump Start questions here.

Your Jump Start week

Filled with activities and important information, Jump Start will provide you with a foundation for success in your first year at UBC.

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