The University of British Columbia, Vancouver

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Explore the campus of The University of British Columbia, surrounded by a regional park and the Pacific Ocean. The campus forms part of an unincorporated area in the province, separate from the city of Vancouver. Wander the scenic rose and Japanese gardens, and admire the numerous architectural gems and art pieces around campus. The anthropology museum is a must-see for its collection of First Nation artifacts. Rub elbows with studious types in the coffee shops, or cool off at the nude beach nearby. Plan to visit The University of British Columbia and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Vancouver attractions using our Vancouver road trip planning site .
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  • We transited university en route to museum of anthropology and were very impressed to took time to stroll around after visit. Beautiful location, some interesting architecture, fabulous views. Well wo...  more »
  • My son came on an exchange to this university. I visited him. Beautiful, big and nice uni. He has many fond memories of this uni.  more »
  • This University is located near by ocean. There has few nice parks and beaches near by. I love rose garden. Every time, I went there, they were building the high rise building..................  more »
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  • It rains too much. Dorm life is cool, tons of people from every part of the planet. You never have to go to class to pass most basic courses.
  • 5 starts for campus, administration, libraries, counselors, student centers... It is easy to understand--lots of fees, and you pay for it! I live in Vancouver--it is a beautiful city. I go to school and want to learn, not to enjoy its "beauty". Other programs like medicine, forestry, science, and the like I am sure are great. However, I give one star for my program. Teachers, most of them, are contracted, teaching part time, teaching more than one courses, at more than one universities. Not enough time to prepare their lectures. Do searching on ratemyprofessor webside, it is hard to find a good one. The program is too rushed, a 2.5 hour lecture a week goes through more than one chapters. You pretty much go home, revise, and learn it yourself. I might be a dumb one who couldn't learn that way. AGAIN, I came here to LEARN not to LOOK AT its beauty!!!
  • Large-size university. Overcrowded classrooms for few courses. Less intimate campus than smaller schools such as UVic. Expensive on-campus diners.
  • (1) More construction workers than students - You will be detoured 5 different times on your way to class (2) Campus cares little about your safety and security. UBC is notorious for sexual assaults. I've seen 10x more parking authority than security while here. Also... When it snows in the winter they will do very little to scrape the paths. I've personally witnessed over 6 people falling on the hard icy ground because it was unkempt - But don't worry, come fall there will sure to be countless faculty blowing the dangerous fallen leafs off the paths (3) Frat houses are excessively noisy during the week and weekends and leave drinks scattered everyone on/off campus. Yes it's what frat houses do, but I couldn't imagine living anywhere near campus and feel sorry for those that do (4) Exam period is unnecessarily long. 3 weeks is insane. My exam period lasted the full 3 weeks (only 3 exams) and I got 6 days off for Christmas to fly home/back. Why can't they complete it in a week or 1.5 weeks? Or give a slightly longer Christmas break (5) They make it pretty well-known (almost joyfully so) that you're nothing more than a number and a pay check. I"m really glad I'm graduating this year. UBC has been a horrible experience for me and if you can pursue your degree elsewhere I would recommend it. It's a very overrated campus/school.
  • Soooo large. If you don't care where you are, you will lose your way. There are some places we can have lunch. You can see some good views and visit Japanese style garden.

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