Before You Start the BEd Program Vancouver

Here’s a handy checklist for UBC Vancouver campus students:

Get your UBC card.
This is your ticket to getting your U-Pass/Compass Card, borrowing books from the library, qualifying for student discounts, and so much more.


Pick up your U-Pass/Compass Card early.
This card gives you access to ride local transit (bus, skytrain, seabus, community shuttle) throughout the Greater Vancouver area — and it’s already included in your student fees. After getting a Compass Card, you will not have to pickup a U-Pass from machines every month. All future U-Pass BC interactions will be online!


Send in your UBC Housing application if you want to live on campus.
Year-round housing at UBC.


Check out Rentsline if you want to live off campus.
Learn about the cool neighbourhoods in Vancouver.


Make sure your contact information is up to date on the Student Service Centre (SSC).
If you moved in the last three months, you’ll need to update your address on the SSC.


Shop for your back to school needs.
Visit the UBC Bookstore to buy or rent textbooks, get UBC branded clothes and stationary, or purchase computer equipment. Join the UBC Teacher Education Bargain Books Facebook Group to purchase used books from previous UBC BEd teacher candidates.

Books for all courses and/or sections may not be available before school starts.


Get to know your campus.
To get started, visit out the UBC Welcome Centre (located in the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre), Neville Scarfe building, the Chan Centre, AMS Student Nest, and Brock Hall. We also recommend exploring the Rose Garden, Museum of Anthropology (MOA), Nitobe Memorial Garden, Irving K Barber Learning Centre, and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.


Figure out your transportation needs.
How will you get to and from UBC? Some take the bus, others carpool, and many bike!


Get ready for your first day of school.
There are 3 orientation events on Thursday, August 27. All teacher candidates are expected to attend! Find out where you need to be on Orientation Day.


Useful Links:
BEd Program Advising

New to UBC Resources and Services

Enrolment Services — Brock Hall Pay your tuition and talk to counselors about student loans here

Student Financial Matters Find out about tuition fees, deadlines for payment, student loans, bursaries, and all things pecuniary

UBC Campus Tours

AMS Extended Health Plan

UBC Food Service

AMS Food Outlets