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Located in the spectacular landscape of Northern British Columbia, UNBC is recognized nationally and internationally for outstanding undergraduate and graduate learning opportunities that explore health, culture, business and the environment. Guided by our motto "En Cha Huna" interpreted from the First Nations Dalkeh language as "respecting all forms of life" our educational approach is inclusive and collaborative - staff, faculty, alumni and community leaders are committed to student success.

UNBC is a welcoming community, home to a friendly, social and supportive environment. One in four of our students receive a financial award from the $3 million in available scholarships and bursaries contributed by our generous donors. Small class sizes, hands-on learning and fantastic outdoor recreation have made UNBC the top choice for post-secondary education for almost thirty years. As Canada’s Green University™, we are leading the way to a more sustainable future for all. The student research experience is critical at UNBC. Programs such as the Undergraduate Research Experience Awards and the Undergraduate Experiential Service Learning Program are providing more students, at earlier stages in their academic careers, opportunities to engage in the research environment.

Areas of Expertise

Canada's Maclean's magazine has ranked UNBC in the top three of the country's best small universities for eleven consecutive years. Internationally, the diversity of our student, staff and faculty has become a celebrated strength placing us in the top 5% of universities worldwide by Times Higher Education and in the top 250 in Elite Young Universities. As a research-intensive university, one of top 50 in Canada, we are proud to create a culture of innovative thinking for our students, and share outcomes of our teaching and research with the world.

UNBC offers a full range of programs to students such as bachelors, masters, and Ph.D. programs. The student experience is enhanced by opportunities for hands-on learning, international perspectives, and a focus on student outcomes. Instruction enriched by innovative research, the use of appropriate technology, and approaches to learning using multiple perspectives guide students to the careers of the future. Classes at UNBC are led by award-winning faculty and include practical sessions in advanced laboratories, field schools throughout northern BC, week-long intensive courses for students who may otherwise work full-time, web courses for ultimate flexibility, seminars in small groups, and lectures in state-of-the-art theatres.

On Campus Housing

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Co-ed:540 bedsLowest: $5,203Highest: $5,203

Live just 5 minutes away from the heart of UNBC! Convenient, safe and supportive, Neyoh and Keyoh buildings are home to fully furnished apartment-style living. Students can choose between self-directed housing or four different living communities:
All Female,
Mature Student
and Academic Intensive Community.

These communities are available upon request and assigned on a first come, first serve basis. Residence Life staff live on site and plan activities such as game nights and study sessions. 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.

Residence students at the Prince George campus with less than sixty UNBC credit hours completed will be part of the convenient 5-day OR 7-Day Unlimited Meal Plan. The Residence Meal Plan is designed to support students who are away from home allowing them to maximize their campus experience by reducing the need to grocery shop, prepare, and clean up after meals. The UNBC Agora Dining Hall is a welcoming social environment and is a great way to meet new people. Meal plans will remain optional for residence students with more than sixty UNBC credit hours completed as well as all graduate students.

Off Campus Housing

Off-campus housing in Prince George comes in a variety of rental options including apartments, condos, basement suites and houses (some even come furnished). There is a wide selection of rentals close to campus, shopping and transit. Live solo or find a roommate – it’s up to you! Visit the link below for available rentals.

Incoming Students

The spirit of UNBC shines brightest during September's Orientation Week! New students and their families will enjoy energizing games, group activities, presentations, meals, sports, and much more Don't miss the Family and Parents Welcome Brunch where family and students can enjoy a complimentary meal, meet President Weeks, faculty, and campus service providers. First year students are invited to participate in the Integrated Analytical Skills and Knowledge Program (ISAK). The IASK Program is offered jointly by six departments as an integrated and interdisciplinary curriculum. 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

UNBC builds the work force leaders of tomorrow by offering professional and relevant career counseling. We organize workshops, campus career fairs, networking events with employers, and of course offer a popular co-op program. We manage a dedicated web page that lists current job postings here in BC and across Canada.

P.S. 84% of our grads are employed within six months of graduating; let us work with you to find your dream career!


Located right on the UNBC campus, the Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre combines the best in athletics, fitness and recreation. The facility hosts three gymnasiums, two indoor fields, squash courts and the region's only indoor track. Modern fitness equipment; cardio and weights, varied fitness classes and fun drop-in sports like pickleball are available to all members. We are the home of the UNBC Timberwolves basketball and soccer teams, and UNBC Intramural Leagues. Students receive a membership to the Northern Sport Centre via the Fitness and Recreation fee included in annual student fees.


Students at UNBC work hard and play hard; on campus and off! From Orientation Week fun and games, to cheering on the Timberwolves, campus social life is never boring! Explore the great outdoors on your doorstep with urban forest walking trails, nearby lakes, and accessible recreation like snowshoeing, downhill and cross-country skiing. Prefer the indoors? Catch a hockey game with the Prince George Cougars and Spruce Kings, a performance at Theatre Northwest or festivals like Cold Snap and Heatwave! The best part? We have four seasons to enjoy it all!


Take a break from the books and join a club! There are over fifty to choose from including Badminton, Anime, Food Appreciation, South Asian Students and more. Clubs are a great way to meet new people, support the community, get active and build a healthy school - work - life balance. If we don't have the club you're looking for, start it!

Information Technology

Students will stay connected with our campus-wide wi-fi, online services and computer stations located in the library and beyond. Those living in residence also have wi-fi that is included in all housing fees. Each student is assigned a personal UNBC email address that gives them access to online services such as Blackboard and PaperCut.


UNBC is quickly becoming a preferred study destination with students representing over fifty countries around the world attending our programs. The UNBC International office promotes cultural awareness, intercultural learning and research opportunities on campus through a variety of fun activities such as Global U Week. Their staff are a friendly, multi-lingual resource to ensure that international students at UNBC are successful and well integrated in the UNBC community.

Canada’s culture is rich with the history of First Nations and all UNBC campuses are located and serves diverse traditional territories. UNBC main campus in Prince George is located on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh, pasrt of Dakelh (Carrier) First Nations. Elders from the Carrier First Nations presented UNBC with our Carrier name at a special ceremony in 2016. Nizdeh Nekeyoh Hohudel’eh Baiyoh translates to “House of Learning” and recognizes UNBC’s key educational role in the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh. Learn more about this special relationship when you visit the UNBC First Nations Centre; home to a peaceful, culturally sensitive environment where students from all nationalities can learn, study, socialize, and relax.

Special Services

We know that a successful UNBC academic experience requires caring support at all levels. Academically we offer students free drop-in tutoring programs, study sessions and career guidance. From a health and wellness perspective, students can access on-site medical services such as counselling, flu shots, physician referrals, prescription renewals and more. Licensed child care is on site and is available on a first come, first serve basis. UNBC is committed to reducing physical, intellectual and social barriers to ensure all students can enjoy the university experience. We offer support to those with physical and learning disabilities in the classroom, Residences and more.

Affiliated Institutions

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International Involvement

Grab your passport and study the world! UNBC has formal exchange agreements with 34 institutions in eighteen different countries such as Japan, Denmark, Russia, Spain, Finland, Norway, Scotland, China, France, and the United States. These agreements reflect UNBC's regional commitment to the Circumpolar North, the Pacific Rim, as well as other international interests.

Campus Tour

Wonder what life is like for a UNBC student? Experience our beautiful and friendly campus in person with our Student for a Day program. Grade 11 and 12 students can sit in on classes of interest, meet faculty and enjoy a personal campus tour! Book your visit today!

Modified on August 08, 2023

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