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Potential Visiting Student
Posted August 5th, 2010 - 10:17 pm by from Seattle, United States (Permalink)
Hi! I'm entering my junior year at a small liberal arts college in Maine, USA. My first semester I'm spending abroad in Nepal and am thinking of spending second semester off-campus as well to continue exploring! I'm thinking of coming to UBC to experience big university, city life (and I hear Vancouver is a city to trump all). Academically, it seems like a good idea (I'm studying geology) and am trying now to figure out a few logistical things. So I have a few questions that maybe someone can help out with!
1. I don't want to live in an on campus dorm and am wondering how manageable it is to find off campus apartments just one semester starting in January?
2. How expensive of a city is Vancouver?
3. If anyone happens to be involved, are there many opportunities to work at the UBC farm? (my school doesn't have an associate farm and this was one of the main attractions of the school for me!)

Thanks thanks
Cheers
Brigit

Posted August 5th, 2010 - 10:33 pm by from Montreal, Canada (Permalink)
Hi Brigit,

Rent in Vancouver is a bit expensive. There are plenty of apartments available, but there is a lot of competition for the really cheap stuff. Also, prices go down as you get farther away from UBC, so it's sometimes a trade-off between lower rent and higher commute times to campus.

Generally, I would say that you should expect to pay $500-600 CAD in rent living off campus with roommates. Of course, you can find things that are cheaper, but they are less common and in high demand.

If you're lucky, you may be able to find someone who is subletting their room for the January term. Try checking www.craigslist.org

General cost of living (food, drink, transportation) is higher in Vancouver than most of the rest of Canada, but I've never found it too restrictive, even on a student budget. There are lots of ways to keep your costs down. One of the nice things is that public transit is pretty good and you can bike pretty much anywhere, so no need to have a car.

As for UBC Farm, I'm sure they would be happy to have more volunteers! Not sure about paid positions though. Check out their website and send a few emails:
http://www.landfood.ubc.ca/ubcfarm/

Good luck!

Eric