UTown@UBC not only supports ecological and social sustainability through innovative green building practices and community-building, it drives economic sustainability as well! Since development of UTown@UBC began in the 1990's, land lease proceeds have contributed over $343 million to various endowments; that's approximately 30% of the total value of the UBC Endowment! These funds help support UBC's academic mission, to be a globally significant university and a leader in student experience, teaching and research, by supporting a range of academic and infrastructure initiatives.
Programs like the UTown@UBC Community Grants help build community on campus by encouraging students, staff, faculty and other residents to share their talents and interests with one another, while programs such as UTown@UBC Youth Fit and the UTown@UBC Kids Fit bring together students at the UBC School of Kinesiology, with residents on campus. And while a campus community is great for students, faculty, staff and other residents who live on campus, it also benefits the campus as a whole. As the UTown@UBC community grows, so do the opportunities for more shops, services and amenities, that can be used and enjoyed by all. (source: ubc.ca)
In 1907, the government of British Columbia passed an Endowment Land Act, which gave the Lieutenant Governor the power to set aside land that could be sold to fund a provincial university. In 1910, a site commission recommended that UBC be build at the tip of Point Grey, and years later, in 1920, roughly 3,000 acres of land on the Point Grey peninsula was set aside to turn the dream of a provincial university into a reality with the creation of The University of British Columbia. (source: utown.ubc.ca)
The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world. (source: ubc.ca)
UTown@UBC is a complete, sustainable community which provide residents with access to a similar range and quality of services available to residents of other Metro Vancouver municipalities.
UBC's academic activity is organized into "faculties" and "schools". UBC Vancouver has two academic colleges: Interdisciplinary Studies and Health Disciplines. At the Vancouver campus, the Faculty of Arts, which dates back to the 1915 Fairview Campus, is the largest faculty with twenty departments and schools. With the split of the Faculty of Arts and Science in 1964, the Faculty of Science is the second largest faculty with nine departments. The Sauder School of Business is UBC's Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration. The School of Architecture offers a program accredited by theRead More...
Family Housing is located in five neighbourhoods in the UTown@UBC community: Hampton Place, Chancellor Place, Hawthorn Place, East Campus and Wesbrook
Nearby shops, services, cultural and recreational facilities and amenities make it easy for students, faculty, staff and other residents to meet their daily needs without leaving campus, supporting UBC's vision for a sustainable community where peoplecan live, work and
Located 30 minutes from the heart of downtown Vancouver, the Vancouver campus is a spectacular location that is a ‘must-see’ for any visitor to the city — where snow-capped mountains meet ocean, and breathtaking vistas greet you around every
UBC is now home to a wide range of eateries; from beloved BC chain Triple-O's, to pubs, to coffee shops. Services include a dentist's office, hair salon, clinic and more. From quick, tasty treats in the Student Union Building (SUB) to full-service restaurants, UBC Food Services provides a wide range of sustainable, affordable and nutritious dining options to our community through excellent service, skillful food preparation and a commitment to our environment. UBC is Canada’s first Fair Trade campus, seafood is Ocean WiseTM certified, and Food Services feature fresh produce from our veryRead More...
At UTown@UBC, the use of sustainable transportation are encourage to help reduce the environmental impact of commuting, and the community has been developed with this in mind. Since 1997, UBC's Tranportation Planning Department has aimed to reduce automobile trips to and from campus, making it easier than ever to choose sustainable and active tranportation options, including public transit, carpooling and carsharing, walking and