Making Friends

One of the best things about University life is the potential friends waiting for you! At UBC, there are many ways to meet other students besides those in your lectures.

Meeting students

On campus living

A great way to meet people is in university accommodation. Our two graduate colleges offer great opportunities to live in a community with other students and to make new friends.

Our community

With over 300 student-run clubs and societies on campus, there is bound to be something you have a passion for. Find out how to join at the AMS website.

UBC Events

Film, concert or fundraiser? It’s easy to make friends at an event you enjoy. See what is on right now on the Events website.


Keep fit and make friends at the same time. Look at the UBC Athletics & Recreation website and the UBC Rec website to see what appeals to you. UBC Rec leagues include:

  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Hockey
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball

Meeting other people


Where are you likely to meet a Canadian? At the ice rink of course! Ice Hockey (playing and watching) is very popular here in Vancouver. The major team is the Canucks and UBC has its own team Thunderbirds too!


Volunteering is a great way to meet like-minded people and help a cause that is important to you at the same time. See long-term and short-term opportunities at the govolunteer website.

Communities of interest

Community websites can help you to arrange meeting people with similar interests. Some of these communities are:

Please note: Use common sense when using sites like these and do not meet strangers alone or in remote places or similar. Always make sure you meet in a public place or with a group and that someone else knows where you are going and what time you plan to return.


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