UBC’s Vancouver Campus Plan places top priority on having people use transit, bicycles, e-bikes, carpools or car shares to travel to, from and around campus rather than using their personal vehicles. Most people take sustainable modes to get to, from and around campus.
If you commute every day by car, consider sharing your ride with colleagues. Carpooling is an excellent way to save instantly on costly gas and parking fees.
If you only need a car for the odd errand or grocery trip, car sharing may be for you. Zipcar and Modo, Evo, and Car2Go have cars available at UBC and all across the city, giving you access to wheels when you need them.
Reducing Driving on Campus
Here are examples of projects that have been implemented with the goal of reducing driving to, from and on campus:
- Elimination of more than 3,000 commuter parking stalls on campus since 1997, a reduction in the commuter parking supply of approximately 25%
- Increasing daily parking rates in surface lots from $2.00 in 1997 to $14.00+ in 2017, and prices for parking permits and other parking on campus have also increased
- Reclaiming surface parking lots for institutional and mixed-use development (e.g. at the Ponderosa Commons and Pharmacy buildings)
Over time, surface parking lots at UBC are being discontinued and replaced with buildings or recreational areas. The Vancouver Campus Plan stipulates that no surface parking (such as parking lots) be provided at new academic buildings, excluding any special requirements like service deliveries or ensuring universal access.
If you do drive to campus:
There are a range of parking locations and rates available for parking on campus.
- If you’re bringing your car to BC from another province or country, or driving in Vancouver for the first time, check out these tips for drivers.
- Find out about the latest road and weather conditions.
- Learn about options available to you if you want to go car free.
- You might consider car sharing or car/vanpooling.
- Learn about ride-hailing services