Visiting UBC is one of the best things to do in Vancouver. Here’s what you need to know before you go, from weather and wi-fi to safety and security.
Located on the ocean, UBC’s Vancouver campus is subject to coastal weather patterns. It’s a little wetter, a little windier and a little more changeable than elsewhere around the city. Summers are mild — highs of 22°C (72°F), lows of 14°C (57°F) — but even on a sunny summer day it’s wise to bring a windbreaker, especially if you plan to be near the sea. In winter, average temperatures range from highs of 10°C (50°F) to lows of 4°C (39°F); be prepared for heavy rain or an occasional snowfall.
What to Bring
Day-trippers will want to prepare for fast-changing weather conditions at UBC — especially in the winter. Vancouver’s temperate coastal climate warrants the precaution of a raincoat or water-repellant windbreaker in spring, summer and fall, and a warm coat in winter months. (Packing a collapsible umbrella is a good idea too.) Wear comfortable walking shoes — it’s a big campus — and waterproof footwear is strongly recommended in the fall and winter.
Safety and Security
Whether you arrive on campus by car, bus, bike or foot, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and UBC Campus Security are on duty to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit.
- The central Lost and Found on campus is located at the Access Desk at the back of the UBC Bookstore (6200 University Boulevard). To check on a lost item, call 604 822 6786.
- You never have to walk alone. Use a UBC Blue Phone or call 604 822 5355 to arrange for a Safewalk team to escort you anywhere across the UBC campus. (After 2 am, call the UBC Campus Security non-emergency line at 604 822 2222.)
General questions or concerns?
- RCMP (non-emergency): 604 224 1322
- UBC Campus Security (non-emergency): 604 822 2222
- In an emergency, dial 911 for immediate police, fire and/or ambulance assistance.
- On campus, use a UBC Blue Phone (located on distinctive blue pillars across campus) to be immediately connected with campus security. These phones are available 24/7.
Visitors to UBC have free access to wi-fi all across campus: just select the ubcvisitor network on your wireless device, open up a web browser, and you’ll be directed to the log-in page.
Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in Vancouver and by UBC-based businesses. When only cash will do, there are several ATMs conveniently located on campus in the AMS Student Nest and the UBC Bookstore. There are also several bank outlets in the University Village and Wesbrook Village.
UBC is a growing campus, so visitors may run across roadblocks near construction sites. The Construction and Detours website will help you find your way around any barriers.
Are you a UBC graduate? If so, pick up your Alumni Card from alumni UBC and start enjoying the perks. Save on performance tickets, museum entrance fees, café purchases and more. You can also use your Alumni Card to check out items from UBC’s libraries.
UBC’s Welcome Centre’s knowledgeable staff can answer your trip-related questions, provide maps and directions, offer helpful tips and free guided tours, and let you know what events are happening during your visit to UBC.