Campus Life

With more than six million volumes, the UBC Library is a vital support for research, learning and teaching excellence at UBC. For hours and locations, please follow this link.

Finding informal learning spaces that meet your needs is easy. Whether you are looking for space for conversation and collaboration or a quiet corner to study, you can find a variety of facilities across campus. Further information can be found here.

On-campus. You can find so many food options, refreshing beverages, and handy snacks on campus. A list of places to eat can be found here.

Off-campus. Kerrisdale and Kitsilano are areas that are filled with tasty, more Western-style food and they are not far from campus. If you’re feeling adventurous, try going to Downtown Vancouver or even Richmond by transit. Robson St. in Downtown is full of Korean and Japanese Cuisine. If you want more Hong Kong style dishes, Taiwanese, Japanese or Korean cuisine Alexandra Rd. is known as Richmond’s eat street.

Depending on what you’re craving, we suggest looking up places on or asking one of our cultural ambassadors.

On-campus. The famous West Coast coffee shop culture is alive and well at UBC. You’re never too far from a good cup of mocha or mint tea. UBC has a wide range of popular coffee shops. Browse through the options online.

Off-campus. Vancouver has no shortage of aesthetic coffee shops and world-class coffee. Below are just a few options.

  • Breka Bakery and Cafe. A 24-hour coffee shop, perfect for late night studying. They have the best treats and coffee. Try their Belgian Chocolate mousse cake, you won’t regret it.
  • Grounds for Coffee. A small, cozy little coffee shop that is always busy. Get there early to try their famous homemade cinnamon buns.
  • Good Earth Coffeehouse. An environmentally friendly coffee shop, with a lot of space inside. Great for studying alone or in groups.

As a student of Arts VSP, there are endless options:

  • Join the Cultural Ambassadors on our pleasant after-class trips around Vancouver. Check out our Gallery page for past pictures of the field trips we’ve done.
  • Shop! Pacific Centre, Richmond Centre, Aberdeen Centre, McArthur Glen Outlet, Tsawwassen Mills Outlet are all good options to explore.
  • Why not try taking a weekend trip to Victoria?
  • Stanley Park is one of Vancouver’s biggest attractions, you can ride bikes, rollerblade, visit the Vancouver Aquarium or just walk around and enjoy nature.

On-campus. The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) is a great place to start if you’re interested in the history of Canada. This museum is located right on campus, past the UBC Rose Garden. You can find a list of museums and art galleries located on campus here.

Off-campus. For off-campus museums, the Museum of Vancouver and Maritime Museum are all great places to learn about Vancouver’s past. There is also the Chinese Cultural Centre to learn about the history of Chinese-Canadians as well as the Nikkei Museum that holds exhibits on Japanese-Canadian history and culture. The Vancouver Art Gallery is one of our most famous art galleries and Tuesday evenings 5-9pm are by donation.