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UBC Collegia: a home away from home for first-year commuter students

Will you be driving, taking transit, or biking to campus? You are not alone! Over two thirds of UBC students are commuters.

Did you know?

The UBC Collegia are dedicated spaces where first year commuter students have access to a range of amenities and programming, specially designed to ease the transition to university life.

A place to connect and make friends

If you are looking to to meet other first-year students, the UBC Collegia are a great place to start. In addition to being a welcoming space to make friends, eat, study, or nap, UBC Collegia spaces offer programming, that connect commuter students with on-campus services, faculty members and peer support.


  • Bright, open space with floor-to-ceiling windows inviting natural light
  • State-of-the-art kitchen facilities with an oven, two refrigerators, small appliances, dishes, and cutlery
  • Study spaces with desks, lamps, and shelves
  • Comfortable lounge chairs and fireplace
  • Lockers
  • Electrical outlets to charge wireless devices
  • Secure wireless Internet 
  • A social area with board games, cards, and a big-screen TV

What students are saying

Collegia made my transition into university one hundred times easier. It was amazing having a community I could retreat to that was inclusive and welcoming. Thanks to Collegia I made many friends and felt a sense of belonging in a campus that would have been overwhelming otherwise.

I love the UBC Collegia Program because it gave the the opportunity to interact with people I would have never gotten a chance to be around. I've met so many incredible people that have changed and become a big part of my life- Collegia becomes a home away from home, with strangers from the first day that become family by the end of it.

It allowed me a safe space to feel comfortable and know was consistently available when I didn't have any idea where else one could spend time. It allowed me to make friends because of the small space and small group of people, and I was able to eat healthier food because I could cook it myself (or at least have a place to heat it up without waiting an hour)!

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