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UBC Life Building
April 4, 2018
2 mins read

The UBC Life Building: Your hub for student life

Just a few weeks after opening, the UBC Life Building is already a popular student hangout.

Maybe you’ve heard of it as the new home of the expanded Wellness Centre, the new fitness centre and studios in the ARC, Go Global, and International Student Advising. Or maybe you’ve gotten your coffee fix at the new Starbucks inside. Either way, UBC Life’s already filled with students looking for places to hang out and hoping to find little-known study (and sleeping) nooks.

In case you haven’t visited yet, here’s a helpful guide to what’s inside:

The expanded UBC Wellness Centre

The UBC Wellness Centre, which has been a welcoming and friendly place to take care of your wellness at UBC since 2001, is at the heart of UBC Life.

In its new location, the Centre features significantly more space for workshops, activities, and wellness staff. Drop in and talk to knowledgeable people about your health and wellness.

What you’ll find at the expanded Centre:

  • Wellness Peer educators: get help from fellow students with things like stress, time management, sexual health, and more
  • Nurses: drop in during “Nurse on Campus” hours twice a week to ask your questions
  • Safer sex products: buy items like condoms and lubricant at cost
  • Workshops and events: build skills and strategies for better health
  • Information about health and wellness resources on and off campus

The Wellness Peer educators who staff the Centre are part of the longest-standing peer program on campus. After 20 years, these passionate student volunteers are still a great go-to resource for information and advice about anything health and wellness related.


If you need a good sweat session—or just a simple stretch—head down the bright yellow stairs to the ARC, UBC’s new state-of-the-art gym. It’s as big as the Birdcoop, doubling the fitness facilities on campus, has tons of new options for your workout, and a membership is good for both facilities.

The ARC has the same commitment to your health and fitness as other UBC Recreation facilities. Have a look at the new space through a quick video tour of the ARC.

Go Global and International Student Advising

If you come from or want to go abroad, the UBC Life Building’s got you covered too.

Go Global can help you find great options for learning, studying, or researching outside of Canada. No matter how much (or little) time or money you’ve got, they probably have a great opportunity for you.

For international students just getting used to life in Canada, International Student Advising can help you navigate some of the challenges that come with it.

Check out the International Student Guide as well. It’s an online resource with info and tutorials to help you study, work, and live in Canada as an international student.

Both Go Global and International Student Advising recently moved from UBC’s International House, which was officially opened by Eleanor Roosevelt in 1959—a sign of how important international community has always been at UBC.

What's next?

UBC Life’s got lots of options to help you round out your student life. By September 2018, there will be more wellness supports and services available for you in the UBC Life Building.

Stay tuned to find out what (and who) is moving in next to help you have a great experience at UBC.

UBC Life Building