Your UBCcard is your official student identification, and this year, it comes in 2 forms—both are free to get.
1. Digital UBCcard (valid until Apr 30, 2021)
No matter where you’re located in the world, you can apply for your digital UBCcard, starting Aug 4 (Tue) at 12:00 am PDT.
After your application is processed (which takes around 3 business days), you’ll be able to access your digital UBCcard by logging into your UBCcard account—and you’ll need to show it in cases where you’re:
- Proving your identity for a course (e.g. when writing your exams)—as needed, your profs will provide specific instructions on how to do so
- Proving your identity when picking up physical materials from a UBC Library that are not available online
- Requesting discounts at particular campus food vendors (check if they’re open first!)
Note that your digital UBCcard will expire on Apr 30, 2021. Rest assured that before it expires, you’ll get an email explaining how to get a new card (or, as applicable, how to extend your current one). The email will go to the address you entered when applying for your UBCcard online.
2. Physical UBCcard (valid for 5 years)
This year, you’re eligible to also receive a standard physical version of your UBCcard if:
- You will be living in residence, or
- You’re registered in in-person classes
Fulfilling either or both of these requirements will mean that you can get both the digital and the physical versions of your UBCcard, and they will concurrently be active for you. The online application for the physical UBCcard also opens Aug 4 (Tue) at 12:00 am PDT.
Plus, if you’ll be on campus this fall, you can use your physical card when printing via Pay for Print at various locations across campus.
If you’re living in residence
Apply for your UBCcard by Aug 14 (Fri) at 11:59 pm PDT and receive it in your residence welcome package.
Meal plans: If you have a Residence meal plan (first-year students) or a Chomp meal plan (upper-year students), you’ll need your physical UBCcard to make purchases at the residence dining room and at participating locations on and off campus.
How to apply for your UBCcard
Whether you’ll be getting a digital and/or a physical version of the UBCcard, you need to apply for the card online (for safety reasons, in-person applications are not available this year). Luckily, applying online is quick and easy!
If you’ll be living in residence, be sure to apply by Aug 14 to have your card in your welcome package when you check in to residence.
If you won’t be living in residence but are still eligible for a physical UBCcard (i.e. you’re taking in-person classes), you will receive specific pick-up instructions after you submit your application online.
Where you can use your UBCcard
You can show your UBCcard to get discounts both on and off campus, and free entry to certain campus attractions—however, check with each vendor in advance to see if the digital version of your card would suffice.
And, of course, remember to follow physical distancing protocols wherever you go!
In terms of campus attractions, your UBCcard grants you free admission to places like:
- The Beaty Biodiversity Museum
- The Museum of Anthropology (MOA)
- UBC Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden
Check out the COVID-19 safety measures of any attraction you plan to visit. Your health and the health of all other UBC community members are of utmost importance during this time, so please visit these places responsibly.
Off-campus spots and online businesses where you can enjoy student discounts—typically by showing your UBCcard as a form of student ID—include:
- Retail stores like Topshop, Banana Republic, adidas, and Champion
- Tech venues like Henry’s and Nikon
- Publications like The New York Times
- Music platforms like Spotify Premium and Apple Music
- Nerdy niches like the Vancouver Aquarium
- Various spots in Wesbrook Village
(Honestly, wherever you shop, it can be worth it to ask about student deals—you never know when a discount might be available!)
If your physical card goes missing
Can’t find your card or suspect it’s been stolen? Uh-oh. Visit the UBCcard “Lost/Stolen Cards” webpage to apply for a new one—you will be required to pay $15 for this replacement (unless you have a police file number to indicate that your card was stolen).