UBC is building a vibrant community by providing campus housing and childcare options for students, faculty, staff and other campus residents, and by developing recreation facilities, community centres, parks, and open spaces within our neighbourhoods and academic spaces. Our Housing Action Plan and Childcare Expansion Plans are designed to meet the growing needs in our community, including up to 30% of future housing designated for rental, and 1,200 childcare spaces by 2041.
As of January 2021, we've increased child care inventory at UBC Vancouver to 763 child care spaces and 237 out of school care spaces. The Child Care Expansion Plan aims to create an inventory of approximately 1,200 spaces by 2041, with a focus on delivering more child care spaces for children under 3 years of age.
Housing Action Plan
UBC’s Housing Action Plan includes targets and goals for affordable housing projects and programs – guides development of this housing, balanced with responsible management of UBC’s land.
UBC Vancouver Child Care Expansion Plan
UBC is committed to providing and expanding child care on both academic and neighbourhood lands to ensure that child care services are available on campus for families who live, study and/or work on campus.
Stadium Neighbourhood Plan
In 2011, with community input, the UBC Land Use Plan was changed to shift future housing from the UBC Farm to other parts of campus, including the Stadium Neighbourhood.
Vancouver Campus Plan
The Vancouver Campus Plan provides the framework for where and how future academic and research activities, student housing and services will be accommodated at UBC’s main campus in Vancouver.
Growth in student beds and faculty, staff units
UBC’s Housing Action Plan is part of the university’s overall strategy for academic excellence and sustainability leadership, integrating the responsible management of our campus land with these goals.
The chart below illustrates the growth in student beds over the past 10 years in response to the changing needs of our campus community.
Key elements of the Housing Action Plan to improve rental choice and affordability for faculty and staff include creating 30% of future housing on campus for rental – with at least 20% restricted rental for faculty and staff at below-market rates.
At UBC Vancouver, 400 new student beds were recently added via the completion of the Pacific Residences project - raising the total number of student beds above 12,000. Faculty and Staff rental units now make up 39% of all neighbourhood rental units, including 156 of the 405 new units added this year.
Here are some of the datasets for Housing and Amenities available via our online sustainability data portal.
Exchange Residence adds 651 student beds
The Exchange Residence and UBC Bus Exchange combine transit and student living in a mixed-use environment. The building showcases livability and accessibility, while targeting sustainable design goals such as building LEED gold certification, energy performance, and support for sustainable transportation.