What kind of accommodation do you want during your studies with us? The UBC ELI offers you several choices, and each choice has its own unique benefits.
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When you arrive in Vancouver, you can take a taxi cab to your destination usually a UBC Residence or an assigned Homestay. To take a taxi after you have cleared Customs and Immigration at Vancouver International Airport please go outside through the "glass doors" on your LEFT. You will see many taxi cabs lined up. Please go to a cab and give the address to your driver and he will take you to your destination. The approximate cost from the airport to UBC is about $40-$46. Each taxi cab has a taxi meter on which you will be able to see the exact amount once you arrive.
For groups of ten or more, when you come to study English at the UBC English Language Institute you may choose to have us meet you at the Vancouver International Airport and escort you to UBC. Our staff will greet you in front of the two large wood totem poles in the International Arrivals area. UBC staff will be holding a sign identifying them as UBC-ELI representatives.
NOTE: At the END of your program, when you are returning home, please have ADDITIONAL $40-$46 in cash or a credit card to pay for your taxi to the airport. Another option is to take the Canada Line rapid transit train to the airport. This train runs along Cambie Street from Downtown Vancouver to the airport. For more information connect to Translink's Trip Planner.
You may choose to stay in a dormitory on the UBC campus for your one or two nights in Vancouver before you move in with your Homestay host family.
For our summer short programs students who are 19 years of age and older can choose to stay in a campus dormitory (residence) at The University of British Columbia and meet other students at UBC.
From mid-May through mid-August only, you may choose to live in a UBC campus dormitory (subject to availability). In dormitories, you have the opportunity to meet both Canadian and international students and experience life on campus. Bed linens are provided in the dormitory, but you should bring your own towels. There are no cooking facilities (kitchens) available in the dormitory and the campus accommodation fees do not include meals, but there are many cafeterias and restaurants nearby.
You may be placed in a single or shared double room.
- Campus placement fee: $100 CAD (non-refundable)/$150 CAD (as of Jan 2018, non-refundable)
- Campus accommodation fees: $35 CAD/night subject to availability (meals and towels not included)
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Would you like to arrange your own accommodation in Vancouver? Students may also choose to stay with relatives, in a hotel, or in their own apartment. The UBC Student Housing website offers off-campus housing choices, including hostels and apartment rentals.
Note: The UBC ELI does not endorse any of the accommodation services listed on the UBC Housing and Conferences site; they are offered for your information only.
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