University of Northern British Columbia

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A spirit of adventure characterizes the University of Northern British Columbia. Students and faculty come from across British Columbia and around the world to enjoy a beautiful campus with state of the art technology, a personal learning environment, and the lifestyle available in a rich, northern Canadian environment. The atmosphere at UNBC encourages ingenuity in the search for new discoveries. The success of UNBC is the result of an approach to education that recognizes the importance of quality teaching, personal attention, groundbreaking research, and being relevant to the north. There are opportunities for involvement in student clubs, in the classroom, and in the community. You can experience a new culture through one of our many study abroad programs. There are a wide range of services for you like financial aid, student employment, the Health and Wellness Centre, athletics and campus recreation, and an Academic Success Centre, too! At UNBC, you’ll find it’s all about the personal attention that you will experience while you're here. The only thing you won’t be able to do at UNBC is stay anonymous!

Areas of Expertise

The University of Northern British Columbia is one of Canada's best small universities. UNBC is Canada's Green University as it is surrounded by nature, and the communities of the region are dependent on the environment and natural resources for their survival. Student, faculty, and staff love outdoor recreation, and the campus is a showpiece for natural materials. At UNBC, environmental and sustainability education is at the core of our mission. Coursework with environmental content is present in almost every academic program at UNBC. The proportion of students enrolled in one of the 21 academic programs which have a focus on sustainability at UNBC is about 20 times that of the national average.

On Campus Housing

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Co-ed:536 bedsLowest: $4,400Highest: $5,068

Apartment style suites are located steps from the main campus. Housing is a first come, first served basis. Housing services also provides an academic intensive floor, which emphasizes quiet study. Housing fees include a landline (please bring your own phone!), and wireless high speed internet. Students are responsible for providing their own cooking and eating utensils, food, dishes, and glassware. Students must also provide their own bedding. Students new to residence and students whom have completed less than 60 UNBC credit hours will also be placed on the meal plan. UNBC's Residence 7-Day Meal Plan provides patrons with unlimited access to the Dining Hall and all of its Food Service Options. To enhance your experience, the dining hall will feature extended operating hours from 6am to 11pm, new food stations, improved seating, and weekly events. This plan is a value-loaded meal option that allows students, staff and faculty unlimited access to a variety of healthy and nutritious food options as they need it. The meal plan is an additional fee at $2191.99 per semester.

Off Campus Housing

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Homestay:60 bedsLowest: $650Highest: $650

Off-campus housing can be found and most landlords don't require a full year lease. The NUGSS website can also assist you in finding Off-Campus Housing, with their listing:

Incoming Students

New UNBC students can meet other students, get to know the campus, and learn about everything UNBC has to offer by participating in UNBC’s orientation program. The event takes place during the first week of September and includes games, group activities, presentations, meals, sports, and much more. Parents are welcome to take part in the orientation process. There is also a Parent Welcome Night, which all parents, family and guardians of new UNBC students may attend! Check out more information about Orientation here: We hope to see you there! In addition, first year students are invited to participate in the Integrated Analytical Skills and Knowledge Program. The IASK Program is offered jointly by six departments in the College of Arts Social and Health Sciences to deliver an integrated and interdisciplinary curriculum for first year students. Based on themes of "intersections and conversations," the curriculum celebrates and respects the past, challenges students to think in diverse and creative ways, and fosters awareness of and connection to our communities and the world. Interested? Apply to the IASK Program now!

Career Planning

University life can present challenges, but we're here to help! We have a Student Career Centre that can help you find employment, and opportunities. Some of our services include offering workshops to assist students in preparing for employment, arranging employer recruiting and information sessions for students, participating in annual career fairs hosted on campus, posting career opportunities for Alumni, posting part-time and full-time jobs for students and organizing co-operative education work term placements. We also have peer helpers who are available in the Career Centre during various times during the week to help you find what you need.


The UNBC Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre is a $30.5 million high performance sport facility and is the largest of its kind in British Columbia and home to the province’s longest indoor track. It is the home of the Northern Timber-wolves men’s and women’s varsity basketball and soccer teams that play in the CIS and Canada West. Junior varsity teams include co-ed Nordic skiing and men's ice hockey.


Too many to list! We have all sorts of great events and activities from the yearly kick off concert "Back Yard BBQ" to the outdoor bounty that surrounds our campus. Get involved in a club, spend some time outside, and take advantage all that is UNBC!


There are currently more than 40 clubs governed by the Northern Undergraduate Student Society (NUGSS). Over 80% of students at UNBC participate in clubs or in club activities. It is the perfect opportunity to get involved and have fun. If we don't have the club you’re looking for, start it!

Information Technology

The University is wireless allowing student connection to the Internet from many hot spots on campus. All residence rooms are wired for computer connections and have access to the Internet. The cost of wireless Internet is included in the housing fees.


The International Education office at UNBC plans and promotes cultural awareness on campus through a variety of activities. The UNBC First Nations Centre offers a peaceful, culturally sensitive environment where students can learn, study, socialize, and relax.

Special Services

Academic Success Centre to assist students to succeed in their studies; Access Resource Centre to help support students with physical and learning disabilities; technological, classroom supports; counselling and career support; women's centre, office of international programs and support services, childcare centre, and health and wellness centre. There are also housing rooms available for students with special needs. These should be requested early.

Affiliated Institutions

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International Involvement

Formal exchange agreements with universities in Japan, Denmark, Russia, Finland, Australia, Sweden, Germany, South Africa, Norway, Scotland, Switzerland, Mexico, China, France, Peru, and the United States. The agreements reflect UNBC's regional commitment to the Circumpolar North and the Pacific Rim.

Campus Tour

We welcome you to bring groups of students to our campus and to encourage individual students to participate in our ‘Student for a Day’ program. This program provides Grade 11 and 12 students with the opportunity to partake in first year classes relevant to their program of interest, have lunch, speak with University representatives, and have a campus tour. For information, please visit or e-mail

Modified on November 21, 2017

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