UBC library with fall trees

Prepare to arrive

There’s a lot to think about before you start classes, this page will help to get you ready.

Pre-arrival checklist for all students

Getting to UBC from the airport

You have several options to get to UBC from the airport:

By taxi

If you want to take a taxi from the airport to UBC, there is 24-hour taxi service from the airport. The fare to UBC is around $50-65 Canadian dollars.

By public transport

You can also take the Canada Line, a rapid-transit system that runs frequently from the airport to downtown Vancouver. The Canada Line does not go to UBC but it runs directly to downtown from the airport. To go to UBC, get off at Broadway City Hall and take the 99 bus to UBC campus.

Depending on the day of the week and time you are leaving the airport, the cost of public transit from the airport ranges from $7.75 to $9.00. 

When to arrive

It is a good idea to plan to arrive at UBC on a weekday, between 9 am and 3 pm, as many university offices are closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and public/university holidays. If you are arriving in December, you should be aware that most offices and services on campus are closed between Christmas (December 25) and New Year’s Day (January 1).

Information for international students