Outside view of Museum of Anthropology
August 13, 2018
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Music, theatre, and art right at your doorstep

There’s a good reason UBC is often considered a city within a city—it has an Arts & Culture District all its own!

You can experience amazing music, go to the theatre, and see incredible artwork right here on campus. Even better, most of these opportunities are super cheap (or even free) for students. Here’s some of the awesome stuff you can check out:

Take in some music

The UBC School of Music holds concerts throughout the year, from jazz to full-blown symphony orchestras. All of these events have special student discounts and often have first-come first-serve tickets available for free at the door.


If what you really want are the headliners, Thunderbird Arena occasionally hosts popular artists, but it might hit your wallet harder. Just lay off the late-night study snacks for a week or so, and you’ll have enough saved!

A night at the theatre

Throughout the year, UBC Theatre and Film puts on all kinds of plays—everything from Shakespeare to more contemporary shows. Not convinced? Student tickets are $11.25—that’s half off the regular price!

Dress up and pretend to be a high roller—just don’t mention the price of your ticket. Tickets for on-campus shows are cheap for students and feature the chance to meet the cast and crew at opening night (plus, there’s free food).

Check out the galleries

There’s a lot of art on campus, from outdoor sculptures to official art galleries that offer exhibits all year long. Plus, admission is free for students!

Admire internationally acclaimed work at the Belkin Gallery or head out for a self-led tour of the wide array of outdoor art installations on campus.

You can also check out the AHVA Gallery to see what your fellow students are creating. With so much art all around, you’ll never have a dull lunch break again!

Get educated

Not all learning happens inside the classroom. UBC has some super cool museums where you can go to expand your mind.

As you get to know the campus, it’ll be hard to miss the iconic giant whale skeleton at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. The inside of the museum is just as fascinating (plus admission is free for students!).

There’s also the world-renowned Museum of Anthropology (MOA), which is also free for students. Head over there to learn more about Canada’s Indigenous people and check out rotating exhibits on other amazing cultures from around the world. It’s a great way to spend a productive break between classes or a rainy weekend day.

Museum of Anthropology

Find out more

Check out the UBC Arts & Culture District Events Calendar for a full list of events and attractions.