UBC is building a vibrant community by providing campus housing options to students, faculty, staff and residents, and by developing recreation facilities, community centres, parks, and open spaces within our neighbourhoods and academic spaces. Driven by UBC’s vision to be a world-class community of scholars with access to a beautiful, functional, and sustainable campus, we are committed to increasing housing choices and growing amenities.
MORE SCHOOL-AGE SPACES OPERATED BY THE YMCA (VANCOUVER)
NEW CHILD CARE SPACES IN DEVELOPMENT (VANCOUVER)
ADDITIONAL BELOW-MARKET RENTAL UNITS UNDER CONSTRUCTION (VANCOUVER)
ADDITIONAL STUDENT BEDS COMING SOON (VANCOUVER + OKANAGAN)
Child Care Expansion Plan — new spaces | The UBC Child Care Expansion Plan aims to create an inventory of approximately 1,200 spaces by 2041, with a focus on new spaces for children under 3 years of age. The plan reflects a balanced and sustainable approach to child care expansion: balancing quality of service with growing demand.
Last year the University Neighbourhoods Association opened a 24-space school age care program in the Old Barn Community Centre, and added a 15-space school age program in the Wesbrook Community Centre. In addition, three new modular buildings in Acadia Park and the new Wesbrook Childcare Centre are in development. These projects will add up to 149 new child care spaces.
Housing Action Plan on track | UBC’s Housing Action Plan is the University’s strategy for improving housing choice and affordability for faculty, staff and students. Highlights of the Housing Action Plan implementation this year include:
- UBC is on track to deliver more than 2,000 new student housing beds from 2019-2025
- The UBC Exchange, a new mixed-use student residence and bus terminal, will open in September 2019, providing 630 new student housing beds and supporting UBC’s 52% transit mode split
- Construction of 156 affordable rental units for UBC faculty and staff is underway in Wesbrook Place, and an additional 243 rental units will be made available to UBC community students, faculty and staff
Increasing student housing and childcare spaces | The Nechako Housing Commons and Skeena Residence, currently under construction, will increase student housing from 1,670 beds to just over 2,100 beds by 2021. In addition, upcoming renovations to UBC Okanagan’s existing childcare facility will add 20 new spaces by fall 2020.
Creating new communities on campus is one way UBC helps to reduce commutes, diversify the campus experience, and demonstrate leadership in sustainable development. UBC Vancouver’s Stadium Neighbourhood is an opportunity to complete the south campus, connect destinations, and create a next generation sustainable community.
Phase 3 of Stadium Neighbourhood public consultation took place in fall 2018. Two neighbourhood plan options were presented. This phase informed the public about the options, highlighted similarities and differences, gathered feedback, and communicated the next steps for our neighbourhood planning process. Stadium Neighbourhood demonstrates UBC’s leadership on an important institutional and regional challenge. The plan focuses on expanding affordable housing by dedicating up to two-thirds of the neighbourhood to the UBC community.
It also considers community service levels, including school space, retail (including grocery stores), child care capacity, and how to strengthen our important relationship with the Musqueam community.