Helping your student find community and stay connected


Encourage your student to register for and virtually attend orientation in order for them to be introduced to the university, become familiar with their faculty/program, learn about student life at UBC Okanagan, and meet some new friends.


Peer support

Encourage your student to reach out to a Peer Mentor, an upper-year student who is trained to help guide new-to-UBC students through the ups and downs of student life. Peer Mentors are here to answer questions, refer to campus resources, and help enhance students’ study skills for the university environment. Peer Mentors also help students find community by sharing upcoming events and opportunities. All new-to-UBCO students are automatically provided access to Peer Mentor services, but may opt-out if they choose.

Peer Mentor program

Get connected

Keeping tabs on what is happening at UBC Okanagan will help your student feel informed and connected. All undergraduate students will automatically the semi-monthly UBCO Life newsletter straight to their inbox during the academic year, containing university news and important information in addition to social and academic activities relevant to student life and success at UBCO. Students can also review the UBC Okanagan events calendar regularly to find upcoming virtual and in-person events and activities.

Events calendar

Student Connect

Student Connect is a welcoming peer-facilitated first point of contact for students to learn more about the supports, services, and opportunities available to them to enhance their UBC experience. Find us on the second floor of the University Centre. For more information, contact


Your student can also explore what the University of British Columbia Student Union Okanagan (SUO of UBC) offers, including student associations, the Peer Support Network, events, and the Pride Resource Centre.

Student life coaches

If your student is on the Autism spectrum, they may wish to register for the Student Life Coach Program. Offered in partnership by the Disability Resource Centre and Health & Wellness, these trained and experienced Student Life Coaches help navigate university life through 1-on-1 support. For more information, contact