Preparing for UBC

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Getting to UBC

Whether you’re joining us on campus this term or in the future, here are some important tips and suggestions.

Getting to UBC from the airport

UBCO is a 7-minute drive from the Kelowna International Airport. It costs approximately $10.00 CAD to take a taxi to campus.

When to arrive

It is a good idea to plan to arrive at UBC on a weekday, between 9 am and 3 pm, as many university offices are closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and public/university holidays. If you are arriving in December, you should be aware that most offices and services on campus are closed between Christmas (December 25) and New Year’s Day (January 1).

What to bring

If you’re coming from another province or country, don’t forget the following documentation and records.


There are a number of documents* you will be required to bring with you if you’re coming to UBC from outside of Canada:

  • Passport
  • Letter of Introduction (issued by Canadian visa officers as the approval of your study permit application)
  • Temporary Resident Visa (TRV), depending on your country of citizenship (if you applied for your study permit from a visa office outside Canada and you require a TRV, your TRV will automatically be issued and affixed into your passport)
  • UBC Letter of Acceptance
  • Proof of funds

Other helpful documents to bring:

  • Marriage certificate and notarized copies
  • Driver’s license
  • Medical/immunization records

*Make sure you carry your immigration documents on your person (not in your luggage) when you travel.


It’s a good idea to bring a copy of your medical records for you and your family members. If you have a chronic medical condition, get your physician to write a short medical history (preferably in English) for your new doctor. Bring records (including the dates) of any immunizations and tests you have had done. If you use traditional medicines or special herbal remedies on a regular basis, you may want to bring enough to last your stay. If you’re coming to UBC from another country, check with the nearest Canadian consulate, visa office, or the Canada Border Services Agency about any import restrictions on these substances. If you bring medications, make sure they are in the original packaging and are accompanied by a prescription from your physician.

Canada border services restrictions

There are some restrictions on what you can legally bring to Canada from another country. Refer to the Canada Border Services Agency’s guidelines.