Accessibility on Campus

We are committed to improving the way students, faculty, staff and visitors access and navigate our campuses. Regardless of age, background, or ability, we aim to remove any significant barriers that would prevent people from being able to participate as independent members of the UBC community.

UBC Accessibility Shuttle
Accessibility Shuttle

Accessibility Shuttle

The UBC Accessibility Shuttle is for people with conditions that impact their mobility who need assistance traveling to and from main pedestrian areas on campus. The shuttle is a free, shared ride service available only by reservation.

Book a ride on the Accessibility Shuttle

Campus Accessibility

Accessibility plays an important role in the design and development of UBC’s physical environment. At UBC Vancouver, our geography can present challenges for people, particularly for those who live with a disability or use mobility aids.

We recognize that accessibility is an important part of being a safe, healthy and sustainable campus community. A truly accessible campus environment enables people of all abilities to lead full, active lives and thrive socially and intellectually.

Campus and Community Planning works to resolve physical accessibility issues on campus. For example, by conducting physical-access audits of campus facilities, we can address the specific accessibility needs of individual students and fast-track renovations that improve access to buildings, public spaces and campus services. For more planning information, further detail is available in sections 2 and 3 of the Vancouver Campus Plan.


UBC Wayfinding can help you identify accessible entrances and distinguish between power and manual doors.

Accessible Transit

Not all TransLink stops are wheelchair-accessible. Plan a route that works for you.

UBC’s bus routes 68 and 70, which are wheel-chair accessible, are available for trips between key campus locations and the UBC Bus Exchange. Learn more.

If you require assistance to take transit, you can use HandyDART, a door-to-door shared ride service.

Accessible Parking

Accessible parking spaces are available across campus for those with a SPARC decal.

A special needs permit will allow you to park in UBC parkades at reduced rates. Please contact the Centre for Accessibility.

The Centre for Accessibility 

The Centre for Accessibility facilitates disability-related accommodations and programming initiatives designed to remove barriers for students with disabilities and ongoing medical conditions.

It might be for you if...

  • You are a student and getting around campus is a challenge due to a disability, and may qualify for early course registration or be eligible to request that your class is moved,
  • You have a visual impairment that requires mobility training on campus,
  • You are unable to take transit for disability-related reasons, and may be eligible for a U-Pass fee exemption,

Contact the Centre for Accessibility