Filming and Photography at UBC

The Film & Events Office in Campus and Community Planning is responsible for managing and approving all commercial, documentary, student, UBC-related and other filming and photography requests for UBC.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) AND UBC’S RESPONSE: Information and FAQs available here.  Filming activity has been cancelled to May 30th. 

Booking requests include those for both the Vancouver and Okanagan UBC campuses, Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge, BC, the Alex Fraser Research Forest in Williams Lake BC, UBC Robson Square, the UBC Boathouse in Richmond, BC, and the Marine Mammal Research Unit in Port Moody, BC.

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Commercial Fees

The commercial filming location rate is currently $2,500 per day. Commercial photography rates are $1,250 per shoot day, and $1,250 per prep/wrap day.


Contact the Film & Events Office or see below for FAQs:

Filming Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Location fees are waived for bona fide student class productions. Students are required to pay all the other applicable fees such as parking, security, plant operations, building rentals, etc.

Standard fees, excluding taxes, are:    

Location Fee: $2,500 per shoot day, or $1,250 per prep or wrap day.

Parking: $1.25 per linear foot; $20.00 per day per parking space in parkades.   

Security/Liason: $60 per hour. At least one security person or department liaison is required during filming.  

Plant Operations: Hourly rate for personnel for air conditioning units, electricians, etc.    

Facilities Rental Fees: Additional contracts and room rental fees are required for locations, such as the Chan Centre, Cecil Green Park, Athletic facilities, etc.


Other fees may be incurred depending on location and filming requirements.

Will you give us a break on your fees?

Fees are standardized for the entire industry. Rates will be negotiated for film shoots that are longer than two weeks, still photography shoots with minimal impact.

We believe you are best served by dealing with us primarily by phone in the initial stages.   We can accompany you on a location scout if requested or if you are unfamiliar with campus and are looking for something specific. A location liaison can be provided at an hourly rate.

Most buildings owned and/or operated by UBC are available for filming depending on their schedules and scheduled activity occurring on campus. However, some buildings are not available for filming or photography. Each location must be contracted individually to determine availability. For detailed information and contacts for different locations please contact the Film & Events Office.

There are some areas that are not under UBC's jurisdiction, such as TRIUMF, BC Research, UBC Hospital, and the Vancouver School of Theology. Contact these facilities directly.