PREPARING FOR ARRIVAL
Once you've accepted your UBC Vantage One offer, you MUST complete the following tasks before your arrival:
- Accept student housing offer
- Have study permit confirmed
- Register for courses via SSC
For more information on these three key items, visit our Getting Accepted page.
Once the above is confirmed, it's time to pack and prepare for your arrival at UBC on August 20, 2017.
- BOOK YOUR FLIGHT
- WHAT TO PACK
- PRE-ARRIVAL LEARNING PROGRAM
- DOWNLOAD OUR ARRIVALS APP
- AIRPORT TO CAMPUS
- JUMP START
- IMAGINE DAY
If you haven't booked your flight already, you will need to arrive at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on August 20, 2017.
Vantage College is offering complimentary transportation for students from the airport to their UBC Residence on August 20, 2017, from 12-4.30pm. Scroll down for further details and how to register for this service.
In addition to your clothes, toiletries, and electronics, there are several important documents that you need to bring with you as an international student:
Letter of Introduction (issued by Canadian visa officers as the approval of your study permit application)
Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), depending on your country of citizenship (if you applied for your study permit from a visa office outside Canada and you require a TRV, your TRV will automatically be issued and affixed into your passport)
UBC Letter of Acceptance
Proof of funds
Make sure these documents are carefully stored in your carry-on luggage, not your checked-in luggage.
The above information is only a guideline, please refer to UBC's 'What to Bring' page for up-to-date advice.
To help you prepare for life at UBC and the Vantage One program, we've created the Vantage College Pre-Arrival Learning Program (PAL). An invitation to join this program would have been sent to your email after you accepted your UBC Vantage College offer.
The Pre-Arrival Learning Program is packed with useful advice and information, including:
- important information about how to succeed at UBC
- online modules designed to improve your English language skills
- student clubs and fun activities to do on campus
- information on settling into life at UBC and in Canada
We expect all incoming Vantage students to complete all modules of the app before arrival.
In addition to the Pre-Arrival Learning Program (detailed above), you can download our UBC Vantage College arrivals app, featuring:
- tips and information to assist your arrival in Canada
- strategies to meet new people and make friends
- student clubs and cool activities around campus
- interesting facts about Canada, Vancouver, and UBC that you should know
Vantage College is offering complimentary transportation for students from Vancouver International Airport to their UBC Residence on August 20, 2017, from 12-4.30pm.
Students who wish to use this service need to fill out our survey to indicate when they will be arriving Vancouver, so that we can accommodate their arrival. The survey will be emailed directly to students in July, at the email address listed in the UBC SSC portal. Otherwise, you can fill out the transfer survey here. It must be completed before August 17.
If your flight arrives in Vancouver before or after August 20, you will need to make your own transfer arrangements. Other transport options include:
If you want to take a taxi, there is 24-hour taxi service from the airport. Taxis leaving the airport for destinations around the region, including UBC, use a set price zone fare system.
The Canada Line is a rapid-transit system that runs from the airport to downtown Vancouver. The Canada Line does not go to UBC but to get to campus, get off at Broadway City Hall and take the 99 B-Line bus to the end of the line.
Depending on the day of the week and time you are leaving the airport, the cost of public transit from the airport ranges from $7.75 to $9.00.
Jump Start is UBC's first-year orientation and transition program for new students at the Vancouver campus. Designed for domestic and international students alike, Jump Start cooincides with the beginning of the Vantage One program, running from August 20-30, 2017.
When you register for on-campus housing before your arrival, you are automatically registered for Jump Start too, as the cost is included in your housing fee. However, if you will not be living in a UBC student residence, you will need to register and pay for the program yourself here.
To find out more, you can read frequently asked questions about Jump Start.
On the first day of classes, UBC's Vancouver campus is transformed and over 9000 new-to-UBC students and over 1000 faculty, student, and staff volunteers come together to welcome you to your new academic community and celebrate the start of the school year.
In this lead up to this event, each Vantage student is assigned an Orientation Leader. You'll be notified who your leader is via email before your arrival.