UBC Perks for Faculty and Staff

As UBC faculty and staff, you and your family are eligible for perks and discounts that are exclusive to UBC employees.

The offers available on campus through UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan, as well as your Extended Health benefits provider Sun Life, are part of UBC’s overall commitment to workplace health and wellbeing. From recreational options to arts and culture activities to professional development and learning opportunities, both UBC campuses provide a variety of events, programs, activities and options to explore. All you need is your UBCcard to get started.

See below for a list of perks for UBC faculty and staff at the Vancouver campus.

Visit the UBC Okanagan website for a list of perks and discounts available to UBC faculty and staff through the Okanagan campus.

On-campus UBC Perks

The following on-campus offers are available to current UBC faculty and staff. They can range from free admission and reduced entry/membership rates to special tours and events. Please visit the individual websites to learn more about each unique offer, or contact the facility directly to ask about special offers for UBC employees.

Please contact us if there are any errors or updates to these on-campus perks.

ARC & BirdCoop Fitness Centres

The ARC & BirdCoop Fitness Centres offer over 15,000 sq. ft. of combined workout space. The two facilities are equipped with day lockers, showers, and change facilities so that you can schedule workouts around your workday. The two facilities can be accessed through a single discounted membership for staff and faculty. Memberships also include access to spin and group fitness classes.

Additionally, there are regularly scheduled boot camps, yoga and Pilates, martial arts, and dance programs offered at discounted rates for UBC staff and faculty. Choose from a variety of locations, including Ponderosa Commons.

UBC departments wishing to offer private or semi-private programs for their employees (including off-site or alternate campus locations) can also book classes at discounted rates by contacting fitness.programs@ubc.ca.

Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Explore UBC’s spectacular biological collections through exhibits and programs. More than two million specimens of plants, marine invertebrates, insects, fish, vertebrates, fungi, and fossils showcase the stunning natural history of British Columbia and beyond. The Beaty is also home to the largest blue whale skeleton on display in Canada. Click here for more information. UBC faculty, staff and students can visit for free with their valid UBCCard.

Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

UBC staff and faculty receive a 10% discount on all Chan Centre Presents series performances. Located at 6265 Crescent Road on the Point Grey Campus, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts has earned an international reputation for its striking design and stellar acoustics. Artists, critics and patrons alike are unanimous in their praise of this multi-faceted facility, winning it a place among North America’s premier performing arts centres. To access this discount visit www.chancentre.com/our-season and choose an event. Click on Buy Tickets and enter the promotional code: ubcstaff.

David F. Hardwick and Pathology Learning Centre

Located on the second floor of the Diamond Health Care Centre in Vancouver, the UBC David F. Hardwick Pathology Learning Centre (DHPLC) is a unique educational resource for learning about the causes and mechanisms of human disease, and for studying clinicopathologic correlations. UBC staff and faculty can visit free of charge. Also open to the public free of charge. For more information, email Helen Dyck.

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

Since 1995, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery has developed a program of collecting significant works by Canadian and international artists and mounts four exhibitions each year together with associated programs and events. Admission is always free.

Pacific Museum of Earth

Across the street from the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, the Pacific Museum of the Earth displays rocks, minerals, fossils, Canada’s only OmniGlobe, and exhibits relating to ocean and atmospheric sciences. Also on display are the skeletons of a Lambeosaur and Elasmosaur – over 80 million years old! Admission to the museum is by donation. Donations can be placed in the donation box, located near the front entry of the Earth and Ocean Science Main Building. Click here for more information.

UBC Aquatic Centre

The UBC Aquatic Centre offers UBC staff and faculty discounts for drop-in passes, memberships, locker rentals, adult lessons, a selection of advanced courses and fitness classes. Membership includes access to the public swim times, steam room, sauna and a selection of aquacize classes.  Please show your valid UBC Staff/faculty ID card at the front desk.  We encourage all patrons to visit the UBC Aquatic Centre Drop-in Schedule prior to any visit.

UBC BodyWorks Fitness Centre

BodyWorks is an adult-oriented fitness centre using evidence-based practice at UBC Vancouver. Their unique philosophy combines principles of athletic training and clinical exercise programming. Designed and run by the School of Kinesiology, UBC staff and faculty and the public enjoy a non-competitive, supportive community promoting health for every body and ability. They offer a variety of fitness classes, including Community Fit, a quick class offered at lunch time and in the evening which is designed for busy adults focused on building posture, back strength, and functional conditioning. Free services to members include monthly health and physical inactivity screenings, health/fitness workshops, and daily access to personal trainers. UBC BodyWorks Fitness Centre offers personal training for as low as $37/session and memberships from as low as $35/month plus a 10% discount on annual Basic Memberships for UBC staff and faculty. Fitness Centre drop-ins are only $3/person from Mondays to Fridays between 1-4 p.m. For more information and for a list of offerings, click here.

UBC Botanical & Greenheart TreeWalk and Nitobe Memorial Gardens

UBC staff and faculty have access to:

To enhance your visit, explore UBC Botanical Garden’s collection online with the mobile-friendly Garden Explorer tool. Click on “tours” for monthly highlights and specialty tours.

UBC Camps

UBC Camps is a leading provider of high quality camps for children ages 3-17. They offer a vast selection of summer camps, including adventure, art and music, enrichment, and sport and recreation programming. UBC staff and faculty receive a 5% discount on summer camps. For more information, visit the UBC Camps website. To register and receive your 5% discount, click here.

UBC Ergonomics

All UBC staff and faculty have access to a range free ergonomics trainings and opportunity to become a department ergo rep.

UBC Food Services

Save 5% off food and non-alcoholic beverages at UBC Food Service locations when you pay with your pre-loaded UBC Card. Click here for more information.

UBC Museum of Anthropology

Experience one of the world’s finest displays of art from Northwest Coast First Nations at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Explore more than 9,000 magnificent traditional and contemporary objects from cultures around the world in a spectacular Arthur Erickson-designed building overlooking mountains and sea. Enjoy the extraordinary architectural beauty, provocative programming and exciting exhibitions. MOA also offers the elegant MOA Shop, Café MOA and free daily tours. UBC students, staff and faculty can visit for free with their valid UBC Card.

UBC School of Music

At the UBC School of Music you can take in intimate solo recitals, chamber music, fully-staged operas, symphony orchestra, band and choir concerts, plus a myriad of small ensemble performances by student performers including jazz bands, Renaissance and contemporary music, Indonesian gamelan, and Korean drumming groups. In addition, there is the eclectic Wednesday Noon Hour series, Music on the Point concerts, plus other special events featuring faculty, local and visiting guest artists.

Most events are free; for those that carry a cost, the offers are listed below:

  • Wednesday Noon Hours: Concerts are just $5.
  • Music on the Point: $2 discount off the adult ticket price for UBC faculty and staff with the online promotional code: ubcstaff or with your UBC Card when purchasing tickets in person.
  • UBC Opera Ensemble: $5 discount off the adult ticket price for UBC faculty and staff for the fully staged opera productions with the online promotional code: ubcstaff or with your UBC Card when purchasing tickets in person.
  • Select UBC School of Music concerts at the Chan Centre: $5 discount off the adult ticket price for UBC faculty and staff with the online promotional code: ubcstaff or with your UBC Card when purchasing tickets in person. Note: the faculty/staff discount does not apply to concerts with an $8 ticket price.

For more information visit music.ubc.ca or email music.concerts@ubc.ca. For tickets to performances by the UBC Opera Ensemble contact: ubcopera.tickets@ubc.ca

UBC Student Recreation Centre Drop-in Sports

The UBC Student Recreation Centre is home to three gym courts and has regular offerings of drop-in sports that are free to staff and faculty with a valid UBC Card. Choose from basketball, volleyball, badminton, and futsal (indoor soccer) which are all available on a weekly schedule.

UBC Tennis Centre

The UBC Tennis Centre is Vancouver’s only public indoor facility and has 12 indoor courts and one outdoor court. A new facility houses eight of these indoor courts with the outdoor court just west of this building. They also have four courts inside the UBC Tennis Bubble, which offer another great playing option. You can book a court for play or register in one of their programs available for all ages, levels and abilities. UBC Staff and Faculty are eligible for discounts on adult and youth programs, as well as some designated staff-only programs. UBC Students are also eligible for discounts on programs, have designated student-only programs, and discounted court rentals during applicable times. For information on UBC Tennis Centre programs and court rentals, visit www.recreation.ubc.ca/tennis or call 604-822-2505.

UBC Theatre & Film

UBC staff and faculty receive 2-for-1 admission to most UBC Theatre season productions. Visit the Theatre website for more information.

Other affiliated offers available to UBC employees

Please visit each of the following websites to learn more about their offers:

If you are UBC alumni, visit the UBC Alumni Benefits and Services site to access their offers.

Professional development and learning opportunities

There are many learning opportunities available to UBC faculty and staff, from leadership programs and professional development funding to in-person workshops and online training. Visit the following websites to learn more:

Looking for off-campus discounts?

Please note that UBC HR no longer maintains third-party service providers who are not affiliated with UBC because there are more discounts than we could ever manage and maintain. We also wish to honour that UBC employees support their health and wellbeing in different ways and leave it to each employee to choose the types of services that best fit with their goals and interests.

Corporate discounts through Sun Life

As a UBC faculty and staff member enrolled in Extended Health benefits, you and your eligible dependents can access third-party corporate discounts provided through Sun Life’s Marketplace and Lumino Health.

Simply login to Sun Life using your member details and look for the Marketplace and Lumino Health Community options on the main page. You’ll find special offers sorted by a variety of categories, making it easy for you to access the discounts that are most relevant to you and your family. In addition to corporate discounts, Lumino provides health information with articles and podcasts on specific topics, such as mental health, diet and nutrition, and aging and caregiving.

Best of all, because you need to login to Marketplace and Lumino, you can access local, regional and nation-wide offers that are exclusive to Sun Life and available through a secure online platform. Sun Life also reviews, approves and maintains the corporate discount providers.


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Third-party service providers

If you are a third-party service provider, please note that we no longer maintain a list of non-UBC-affiliated corporate discounts. We encourage you to consider posting discounts for UBC employees to your website or extending your special promotions to UBC employees who enquire in person.

For more information

Does your UBC department or facility offer perks for UBC staff and faculty? Tell us more at communications@hr.ubc.ca.

Disclaimer: Any services and/or products purchased through UBC providers or third-party providers are between the employee and the facility or company offering the perk or discount. As such, any agreements made are the sole responsibility of the individual employee. It is the responsibility of the employee to carefully check the goods and services offered related to a specific service or product.