UTown @ UBC

UTown@UBC works to fulfil the goal of transforming UBC from a commuter campus to a vibrant, complete and sustainable campus community. We deliver dynamic programs for all ages, build community capacity through grants, and create engaging events and animation projects.

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UTown@UBC works to create complete communities at UBC

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Here are a few of the things we do to help support Campus + Community Planning's goals to create a vibrant, complete community at UBC. 



Community Grants

Inspiring Community Grant


Have a great idea for a grant project that grows community? Apply for an Inspiring Community Grant, and you could receive up to $500 to make it happen. Offered in collaboration with the Vancouver Foundation Neighbourhood Small Grant program. 

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UTown@UBC Community Services Card 

Blue whale skeleton at Beaty Biodiversity Museam

Have you seen the 25-foot whale skeleton at Beaty Biodiversity Museum? How about the totem poles at the Museum of Anthropology? The Community Services Card gives eligible UTown@UBC residents the opportunity to get to know their campus community and access attractions and amenities for free or at reduced rates! 

Apply for a Community Services Card

Community Events 

Thrive by the Fire events at UBC Vancouver

UTown@UBC collaborates with departments and units across campus, student organizations, and community members to host events and initiatives that grow community by bringing people together. 

From our annual Thrive by the Fire outdoor concert, to Movie on the Mall, to Kids Takeover UBC, there are lots of great opportunities to connect with others, enjoy the campus, and create community. 

Learn more about community events 


Placemaking Initiatives 

Lighting Animation projections in Lee Square

Placemaking is all about creating connections between people and places. UTown@UBC is committed to providing opportunities to transform spaces into places through innovative installations, events, and initiatives in support of UBC's Public Realm Plan. 

Take a walk around campus, and you might come across our #UBCBlossoms frames in the spring that inspire you to stop for a picture-perfect moment among the cherry blossoms, or community-created lighting projections shining down in Lee Square, as part of our annual lighting design competition.  

Learn more about UTown@UBC placemaking initiatives 

Community Programs 

Kids at UBC participate in the KidsFit program

UBC Vancouver is home to hundreds of families who live on campus year-round in UNA neighbourhoods, as well as Acadia Park student family housing.

We collaborate with the UNA, faculties, departments, and facilities across campus to create and deliver community programs to bring UBC residents together and provide opportunities to enjoy everything living at UBC has to offer. From the UTown@UBC Youth Leadership club, to our KidsFit collaboration with the School of Kinesiology, to the UTown@UBC Nature Club with Beaty Biodiversity Museum and more, there's always something to do at UBC! 

Learn more about Community Programs at UBC