Depending on where you are coming from, newcomers may find the Vancouver housing market a big change. Call us and get the local perspective.
There are solutions, and we are here to help you make sense of your options.
We can link you to faculty/staff rental programs, faculty loan programs, off-campus neighbourhood information, realtors and more. We can also talk to you about relative commute times from different parts of the Vancouver, and help you make sense of which neighbourhoods and amenities might work better for you and your family’s unique needs.
Call, email us, or drop-in. We are here to talk 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday and to help you!
Short Term Stays
Looking for temporary accommodations on campus, or close to UBC?
The cost of rental housing varies greatly depending on the location, size, age and condition of the home. The usual practice is to pay half of a month’s rent up front as a damage deposit that will be given back to you at the end of your rental agreement as long as you leave the place clean and well maintained. There are rental options on and off-campus, and some are restricted for faculty and staff at reduced rates.
If you are looking into buying a home, there are housing options on and off-campus for purchase, including single-family homes, apartments, condominiums and townhouses.
Reimbursement of Relocation Costs
Faculty members and senior management staff may be eligible to receive relocation funding.
Faculty Home Ownership Program (FHOP)
UBC offers a Faculty Home Ownership Program (FHOP) containing options designed to help make home ownership more affordable for approved full-time faculty whose recruitment and retention are determined to be of critical strategic importance to the university. The FHOP is one important component within the Housing Action Plan.
Housing Action Plan Policies
The UBC Housing Action Plan is an umbrella strategy approved in 2012 to improve housing choice and affordability on the Vancouver campus for students, faculty, and staff, for recruitment and retention purposes. Its policies include:
- Increasing the range of format of housing on-campus
- Increasing the amount of faculty and staff rental on-campus
- Finding ways to support home ownership
- A range of policies related to supplement support for an expanded student housing program