World-Class Attractions, Right at Your Workplace
UBC’s campuses are among the most beautiful work environments in the province, with lush landscapes, stunning vistas, and numerous forested trails to explore. Faculty and staff enjoy employee discounts for many world-class attractions and campus services. Take a break from your workday to explore all that the University has to offer.
- Arts & Culture
- Annual Events for Faculty & Staff
- Fitness Centre Discounts for Faculty & Staff
Watch: Theatre at UBC is recognized as one of Canada’s foremost Theatre programs. Plays feature artists on faculty and guest companies from around the world, as well as graduate and undergraduate theatre students. Faculty and staff receive 2 for 1 tickets to any Theatre at UBC season production at the Frederic Wood Theatre or TELUS Studio Theatre. Visit www.theatre.ubc.ca for more details.
Experience: Take a trek toward Southwest Marine Drive and visit the Museum of Anthropology, the largest teaching museum in Canada. Show your UBC Card and receive free admission. Admission to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is also free to UBC Faculty, Staff and Students.
Listen: The UBC School of Music is home to various distinguished composers, scholars, and performers, many of whom have gained international recognition. The School provides various free concerts throughout the year – some during lunch time and some in the early evening. Many of the School’s premium performances are also very inexpensive. View the events calendar for full details each season.
Explore: Faculty and staff can become individual members of the UBC Botanical Garden for $5 (a $50 value). Membership includes free admission to the Botanical Garden and Nitobe Memorial Garden, a discount at the Shop in the Garden, and member prices for garden courses. For the ardent botanist, the membership also provides reciprocal entry with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Download the UBC Botanical Garden membership form (PDF).
Eat: Enrolment through the UBCcard program entitles faculty and staff to 5% off all food and non-alcoholic beverage purchases at all UBC Food Service locations on campus, in-store specials, faster transaction speeds, and the convenience of having your meal paid through a debit-card system, rather than carrying cash. No more going through loose change to pay for that latte!
Cook: UBC Continuing Studies offers many courses in the culinary arts and understanding wine (tuition waivers can be used for these courses in some cases). If you’re working on campus at UBC Vancouver, it can be really convenient to take these courses after work. Some courses are also offered at UBC Robson Square.
Play: UBC’s Athletic and Recreation department provides various discounts and activities for faculty and staff, including fitness classes, weight room, gymnasium courts for renting, two olympic-size swimming pools (one indoor and one outdoor), league sports, and instructional programs. Bring your UBC Card for ID purposes. Visit www.rec.ubc.ca or www.ubc.ca/okanagan/athletics/ at the beginning of each semester for programming details.
Team Spirit: Catch the excitement at our varsity games with the UBC Thunderbirds. From men’s and women’s soccer to swimming and track, you can cheer on UBC’s best and brightest athletes. Bring your faculty / staff identification with you as admission to some events is free for UBC employees, or discounts may be applicable.
UBC faculty and staff are eligible for complimentary subscriptions to the University Affairs magazine, as UBC is a member of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), the publisher of the magazine. University Affairs provides news, and in-depth articles about university trends, as well as advice and tools for university administrators, faculty and grad students. University Affairs is the largest source of higher education job postings in Canada. UBC employees can sign up for a subscription to University Affairs on their website, as long as the mailing address is a UBC campus address (subscriptions sent to off-campus addresses are $39/year).
Park Here: Faculty and staff can purchase their parking permits through UBC Parking and Access Control Services. For more details, visit www.parking.ubc.ca/faculty_staff.html (Vancouver campus) or www.ubc.ca/okanagan/parking/welcome.html (Okanagan campus). Parking permits for motorcycles are also available.
Park There: UBC has reciprocal parking agreements with Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria. Faculty and staff who have current parking permits may park in faculty / staff lots at these academic institutions.
Alternative Transportation Options: To learn more about your sustainable commute options, including the staff and faculty transit discount program, carpooling, and cycling, visit www.trek.ubc.ca.
Surf: UBC faculty and staff receive academic prices on most name-brand hardware and software purchases through the UBC Bookstore. Purchases should be made at the faculty / staff cash desk only – please ask for assistance. Visit www.bookstore.ubc.ca to view new hardware and software products.
Mark It: Our Vancouver Campus Security offers a free engraving and property registry service. Engrave your bike with your (or another related person’s) driver’s license number and register your property in the department’s database, in the event of theft or loss. Call Campus Security at 604.822.5200 to arrange for engraving and registration.
Welcome Back BBQ: Each September, UBC staff are invited to a Welcome Back BBQ hosted by Human Resources and produced by Ceremonies & Events. More than 2,400 staff enjoy a great complementary lunch from UBC Food Services and live entertainment during the afternoon. Watch for the email invite notice every August.
Celebrate Research Week: Celebrate Research Week takes place annually, drawing attention to the outstanding research in all fields ongoing at UBC. The event also generates a greater understanding and appreciation of the benefits of UBC research to our region, province, and country. Past CRW events have included open houses, panel discussions, lectures, and conferences. The week’s festivities traditionally take place in early March.
A wide range of fitness facilities both on and off campus offer discounts to UBC staff and faculty. In addition to the perks listed below, free wellness workshops, lectures, assessments and fairs are often offered throughout the year.
UBC REC: Not just for students, UBC REC offers drop-in and league sports and instructional and outdoor programs through the Student Recreation Centre. Discounted rates are available to faculty and staff with your UBC card.
UBC BodyWorks Fitness Centre: The CommunityFIT program is designed to enhance UBC faculty and staff productivity in the work place and to improve overall health and well-being for everyday living. Corporate discounts on membership passes and programs are available to groups of 10 (10% discount) and groups of 20 (15% discount).
UBC Aquatic Centre: The UBC Aquatic Centre includes an outdoor and indoor public pool facility as well as a gym, sauna and steamroom. UBC employees can access these facilities as well as swimming and fitness courses at a discounted rate.
UBC BirdCoop Fitness Centre: The largest fitness facility on Point Grey campus, the BirdCoop Fitness Centre offers UBC staff and faculty a membership discount. Membership includes access to the fitness centre, climbing cave, and Get Fit and Cycle Fit classes.
Check out a full list of off-campus recreational opportunities and UBC-employee discounts in our Health Promotions section.