I’ve been accepted. Now what?

Congratulations! You’re in!


1. Accept your offer

You must formally accept your offer of admission by the deadline stated in your offer letter.

Undergraduate students

You must confirm your acceptance and pay a deposit in order to accept your offer of admission. You can log in to the Student Service Centre to confirm your decision and pay your deposit.

Graduate students

Confirm your acceptance via email to your program.

M.ARCH and MLA students

You must also pay the SALA Introductory Workshop fee by the acceptance deadline in order to fully accept your offer.

2. Apply for a study permit (international students only)

If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you will need a valid study permit to study at UBC. Obtaining a study permit can take several months so make sure that you submit your study permit application as soon as you receive your offer of admission.

3. Find a place to live

On campus

If you didn’t apply for student housing when you applied for admission, make sure you visit the Student Housing website and submit an application as soon as possible. You may want to have a back-up plan as the demand for housing on campus is very high.

Off campus

If you prefer to live off-campus, you can find helpful resources on the Student Housing website as well.

4. Plan your finances

Research and apply for scholarships and awards. Opportunities may differ for graduate and undergraduate students.

Apply early for student loans and bursaries.

Apply for a job on campus.

Familiarize yourself with your program’s specific fees. Prepare a financial plan to ensure that you are prepared for associated tuition, student fees, and living expenses. Contact UBC Enrolment Services for financial advice and support.

5. Register for courses

Your SALA admit guide includes a list of courses to register in as well as other important information to prepare you for your program. Contact your program office directly for advising or help with degree planning.

6. Apply for your UBC student card

Your UBCcard is your official UBC ID and library card. It also allows you to access athletic facilities and secure areas on campus. Apply for your UBCcard online to avoid line-ups during the beginning of term.

7. Load your U-Pass

Get a Compass Card and load your U-Pass. The U-Pass provides unlimited bus, SeaBus, SkyTrain, and Canada Line transit services within Metro Vancouver. The monthly fee is part of your UBC student fees.

8. Get to know UBC

Attend an on-campus orientation session for undergraduate or graduate students. Book a campus tour or visit your program office during the summer for a tour of our facilities.

9. Contact us

Get in touch with your program directly. Make sure you include your full name and UBC student number when you contact us.