University of British Columbia Vancouver

The University of British Columbia Vancouver (abbreviated as UBC Vancouver) is the main campus of the University of British Columbia, located on the Point Grey Peninsula in British Columbia, Canada.

University of British Columbia Vancouver
Coordinates: 49°15′54″N 123°14′31″W / 49.265°N 123.242°W / 49.265; -123.242
ProvinceBritish Columbia
Regional DistrictGreater Vancouver
 • MPJoyce Murray
 • MLADavid Eby
 • Total402 ha (993 acres)
 • Estimate 
 • Daytime Population

The campus is home to close to 55,000 undergraduate and graduate students.[3] The 402-hectare (993-acre) campus is also home to a numerous residential housing developments that were built by UBC in conjunction with private developers.[4] The campus is adjacent to, but not part of, the City of Vancouver and the University Endowment Lands.[5][6]

Housing edit

Private residential neighbourhoods edit

The following residential neighbourhoods are situated on UBC's campus:[7]

  • Chancellor Place
  • East Campus
  • Hampton Place
  • Hawthorn Place
  • Wesbrook Place

Student housing edit

There are numerous student housing residences throughout UBC's campus. These residences serve varying demographics. For example, some serve just first-year students, while others serve students with families and visiting scholars.

First-year housing edit

  • Place Vanier
  • Totem Park
  • Orchard Commons

New and returning student housing edit

  • Ritsumeikan–UBC House
  • Walter Gage

Upper-year and graduate housing edit

  • Fairview Crescent
  • Marine Drive
  • Iona House
  • Brock Commons Tallwood House
  • Fraser Hall
  • Ponderosa Commons
  • Thunderbird
  • Acadia Park
  • Green College
  • St. John's College
  • Exchange
  • tə šxʷhəleləm̓s tə k̓ʷaƛ̓kʷəʔaʔɬ (The Houses of the Ones Belonging to the Saltwater)

Campus academic facilities edit

AMS Student Nest edit

The Nest is home to most of the student clubs at UBC, as well as UBC Food Services, two convenience stores, a RBC Bank, a salon, both a bar and a pub, a movie theatre, and other student services. It is owned and operated by the Alma Mater Society of the University of British Columbia.

Peter A Allard School of Law edit

The Peter A Allard School of Law is UBC's faculty of law. Founded in 1945, it was renamed after an alumnus in 2015 after a $30 million donation. The Allard School of Law is one of Canada's most prestigious law schools and offers a wide range of courses, especially in Indigenous law, environmental law, and business law.

Museums and galleries edit

There are also several museums and performing arts theatres on campus, including the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, the Frederic Wood Theatre, and the Chan Centre.

Sports and recreation edit

There are many sports facilities located on the UBC campus. UBC's sports teams are called the UBC Thunderbirds and they play at various locations on campus, including War Memorial Gym, Thunderbird Stadium, UBC Aquatic Centre and Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre. The Student Recreation Centre (REC) is home to intramural sports for students.

2010 Winter Olympics edit

For the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, the Thunderbird Winter Sports Centre was replaced by a newer building, named the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre. Demolition of the old arena began in April 2006 and the arena opened on July 7, 2008. The new structure houses three ice rinks, with the main rink accommodating 6,800 spectators.[8]

Economy edit

Film industry edit

Wind Chill filming on location at the UBC campus
Chan Centre at UBC as "The 4400 Center" during filming of The 4400
Fringe filming at UBC

Because many films require university scenes, the campus area is a desirable filming location. Combined with the fact that the Vancouver area is the third-largest film production centre in North America, this has made UBC a popular location for many productions. Production companies that wish to shoot on-campus must pay a fee to the university, which goes to the film and theatre departments[citation needed].

Some notable movies and television shows shot on campus include:

  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine: Buchanan Tower
  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose: UBC's MacMillan Building as the courthouse, Kenny Building as the dorm and Buchanan Building
  • 88 Minutes: UBC's Koerner Library area
  • Taken: UBC's General Services Administration Building for hostage scenes
  • Try Seventeen: UBC's Chan Centre for student orientation scenes
  • She's the Man: UBC's Thunderbird Stadium for soccer stadium scenes
  • The Butterfly Effect: Koerner Library area, Room 100 of the UBC Geography Building as the lecture hall, and the main mall.
  • Wind Chill: UBC's Main Mall
  • The 4400: Chan Centre as "The 4400 Center," University Marketplace
  • Antitrust: Chan Centre
  • Smallville: Koerner and Main Libraries, for exteriors
  • Battlestar Galactica: Rose Garden and Chan Centre exterior for "Cloud Nine"
  • MacGyver: Various campus exteriors
  • Fringe: Flagpole Plaza, Chan Centre exterior and interior, Macleod and Brimacombe Buildings exterior

References edit

  1. ^ "The University of British Columbia Vancouver Campus Plan". Campus + Community Planning. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  2. ^ "UBC COMMUNITY PROFILE" (PDF). UBC Planning. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  3. ^ "UBC Overview & Facts". UBC. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  4. ^ Parry, Malcolm. "Trade Talk: UBC Properties has been a money-maker". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Areas of the city". City of Vancouver. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Boundary of the University Endowment Lands" (PDF). University Endowment Lands. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  7. ^ "UBC Neighbourhood Plans + Planning Process". Campus + Community Planning. Campus + Community Planning.
  8. ^ UBC Thunderbird Arena