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UBC Prospective Undergraduate

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So you’ve applied to UBC and you’re awaiting for your admission decision.

It’s quite a nerve racking process; I remember four years back applying for UBC as my first choice for post secondary studies. Why UBC? There are many excellent universities to choose from in British Columbia. To name a few you have UBC, SFU, UBC-O, UVIC, UNBC, Langara, TWU.

 

Personally:

Yet my choice for UBC came while in high school in BC. I liked their campus. You really get to appreciate and enjoy the beauty of Vancouver.

Next, I like the large campus. UBC has a huge campus and almost like a city of itself, it makes for good exploring and things to do. Importantly, in my opinion, it’s part of the university process. To have somewhere away enough from your norm to experience something different. It’s an incentive to live on campus which is part of the experience you get at university (I’m of the inclination that university is more than education but the networks and experience you build).

Finally, I chose UBC because of the community. I like a big university with a big international community. It introduces thoughts and allows you to intermingle with other cultures and people. It’s interesting and it’s vibrant.

I’m not saying UBC is the university for you (there are a lot of difficult people there too lol), those are simply some of the reasons why I appreciated UBC (there’s lot of eagles too!).

And BTW heads up, the picturesque photo they use in marketing UBC, IS NOT WHAT YOU ACTUALLY SEE…you know what I’m talking about. The sunny rose garden over looking the ocean and mountains. That’s real. It’s by the flag pole past Koerner and Sauder school of business. The sunny weather? Comes once every 7 days in the months from November to March ūüôā

 

Who is this for:

Who is this article for? Well it’s for you, the one reading because you’ve applied to UBC. You’re a UBC Prospective Undergraduate. Congrats ūüôā

 

Firstly, this article is more so intended for the international community coming to Vancouver to study at UBC. I hope it’ll help you get started and know what you can find in Vancouver. Feel free to browse this site for other information about Vancouver from a local’s view point.

 

Next, let me get this out there. I really enjoy meeting people and I enjoy helping people. I enjoy inviting and welcoming people and sharing any experience we can (partly the reason for VancityAsks.com). It’s something intuitive and something I enjoy (yes I used that word a lot). I find it exciting quite honestly.

We at VancityAsks.com would like to extend our genuine assistance for you moving from another country for your studies. If you have any questions about Vancouver please reach out and comment bellow! If you need a ride from the airport, we can help you too.¬†(free) We just really enjoy welcoming people to this amazing city, even at our own expense of time and gas! Basically, this is a formal suggestion that we’d be happy to help you with your transition to Vancouver however we can at VancityAsks.com

 

Now, who else would be interested in reading this?

It’s for you who are still closing near the end of your high school education and looking for something to read while you procrastinate.

It’s for you who grew up in the suburbs of Vancouver (like me) in Coquitlam or maybe Port Coquitlam (good on you – your commute must be enjoyable) who perhaps may not know what Vancouver has to offer.

It’s for you, who’s perhaps currently in Singapore or New York and want to know more about what to expect in Vancouver and UBC.

 

Why is this on VancityAsks.com?

VancityAsks.com is a local question and answer site for Vancouver. We want to discover the best Vancouver has to offer. When you ask, where’s the best pizza in Vancouver, we have the answer from a first-hand local experience. When you’re wondering where you can get the best sushi in Vancouver?¬†We got you covered. Something you’ll come really accustom to is drinking coffee and we also share the best coffee in Vancouver.

So it seems fitting that we also uncover our own experiences about UBC and I hope it’ll help in some way at all with your transition to university. We’re also writing this to get some likes here:

http://www.facebook.com/VancityAsks

 

What to expect:

The waiting process can be frustrating can’t it. I remember refreshing the UBC SSC again on a daily basis waiting for my admission. UBC goes on a rolling admission base on your application strength (the best application gets approved first). My grades weren’t so good, and so my application was the latter to be approved. Foolishly or maybe faithfully, UBC was the only school I applied for haha.

Once you’ve gotten your offer, really consider if you think UBC will be the best option for you economically and personally. (There are some really amazing people and professors at UBC although there are also the fair share of ummm. yeah.)

Now once you’re admitted and you’ve accepted your offer of admission. Up and coming for international students is Jump Start in August. I’ve talked to a lot of friends while at first year residence about their jump start experience and some loved it and some did not like it so much. It is a great way to make friends though. I knew¬†some who simply came early to Vancouver with their family and explored the city together.

When school starts in September, the first week (and even the second) is really relax. It’s a great time to meet new people and get involved with on campus activities. Go to imagine day and check out the (student) club days later on.

Honestly speaking, this video is quite accurate to many experience of their four years at UBC (with some exceptions):

If you’re a keener, it can be definitely worth while to get involve in student government.

Apply to be the first year representative of your faculty student association. I’ve notice, it seems those¬†who go on to further positions in the student government are typically first year reps. I would think because they have the experience, rapport, and network/familiarity to be elected for other positions.

So if you intend on being in the student government later on, be the keener in the first year and apply as a first year rep. I don’t think you get paid for being a first year rep (I was quite an introvert so it wasn’t my bid) but if I’m not mistake the higher positions later in student government do pay quite reasonably.

Also in my humble opinion, if you want to run for student president some time in your 4 years at university and score that $30,000+ salary for the year…you should know, it’s a lot of a popularity contest than a merits in some level. Most of the people who become student president have strong marketing campaigns and are typically part of frats or large clubs (whose members then help with word of mouth pushing for votes). As a voter, inform yourself of each individual platform and vote purposefully.

http://www.ams.ubc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Budget-2013.pdf

Student execs are being paid what?

Learning also comes in different ways as cliche as it sounds. I wasn’t quite the fan of in-class learning and haven’t done so well in my classes (mostly those that I didn’t like) although keep reading outside of class on what interest you. Many of you I know are likely going through university to check that box for a degree. I’ve spoken to many who have gone on to do careers in things outside of their degree scope.

I personally find that university is essential not for the rigid academics (many of which you won’t actually use outside your classroom unless you pursue academia) particularly but for the life skills, experience, and networks.

Go figure this one out, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”

That’s pretty much it I suppose in terms of expectation for your first year. Know also that the point above leads to the next, your grades are important but look at it with perspective. Many people (myself included) got really stress about first year grades. It doesn’t really hit you as much until probably 3 months into your first year when you realize relative to others, you appear behind.

Your 90%+ you got in high school is rare in university. Attaining a B is quite a feat for certain classes. Look at the grade distribution here (you’ll need your SSC login now it appears – previously you could access it public):

https://cas.id.ubc.ca/ubc-cas/login?TARGET=https%3A%2F%2Fwebprd01.pair.ubc.ca%2Freports%2Fgradesdist_request.action

You have pretty much everything you need on campus if you choose to live on residence but do take the time to explore Vancouver outside of UBC. UBC is situated to the west of Vancouver in the Point Grey community. It’s near by two communities: (1) Kitsilano – Otherwise known as Kits, check out the beaches, cafes, and eateries. You will find good coffee and donuts at 49th Parallel Coffee shop. You’ll find a beach (you can actually walk there from UBC through Spanish Banks if you’re up for a hike). You’ll find hippy stores. (2) Kerrisdale – It’s a nice, small community you arrive taking the 41 bus or the 43 bus. Here you’ll find good sushi and a nice family orientated neighborhood. ¬†UBC is also 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver by transit for your downtown Vancouver adventures.

Follow Ricardo Seah for his downtown Vancouver adventures: https://www.facebook.com/ricardoseah

Read this Vancouver guide by Alvin Yu:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/alvin-yu/yus-guide-to-everything-vancouver/10151434883321618

Both are UBC students above. Well Alvin, went on to Edmonton to study at University of Alberta.

 

Some tips:

  • Go for the orientation. Go for the campus tours. Make those friends and networks. I attended several UBC events while in high school and it was really useful for me personally. Many of the seniors are very glad to share their experience and they are really friendly (contrary to a “friend” I remembered who told me if they knew we were from high school, we’d be scorned at the events – hence think for yourself.) Imagine what a easier transition it would be if you’ve met a few in your program (or one you wanted to transfer into ūüėČ ¬†) who could tell you about courses and professors to expect. Imagine how much easier it would be to make friends if you could recognize people you met before on campus and get introductions. Imagine how much easier it is for positions at (student) clubs or events if you knew the individuals from a previous encounter. Networking isn’t only exclusive to a specific study. It’s a general good and it’s always nice to make meaningful relationships. Be genuine.
  • The AMS has some nice paid positions for the student government that can be worth applying for. IMHO if you’re looking some extra income, get involve in student government early on and build upwards. Also for international students, if I’m not mistaken you’re allow to work on campus without a work permit:http://students.ubc.ca/career/resources/working-canadaThe AMS does hire for a lot of position and UBC has quite a bit of programs to encourage on campus hiring. It appears you can work off campus too up to 20 hours.
  • Honestly, your first year grade doesn’t matter as much (it does matter) but there’s no point beating yourself up if you didn’t do as good as you expected when you first considered your goals. Sometimes our self expectation can be unrealistic. It’s sad to read occasionally about suicides because of grades that occur in university (and in certain south east asian countries). You have so much potential, you’re admitted into one of the top universities in Canada; you have other skills and gifting so be able to look beyond your grades but for where it matters, you’re paying (or your parents are paying) $10k/year for your studies so do make the most of it.The part it matters is largely with course selection for the second year. Your GPA determines your time for course registration; you want the good courses and good professors. Professors do matter a lot to your learning. Most the professors in the Math, Computer Science, and Economics department are amazing. (with a few exceptions)Study what you enjoy and take some GPA boosters ūüôā I use to think GPA boosters was a waste of credits but they do help and they do matter. Check with the grade distribution link I posted above and choose GPA boosters if you need it. Good GPA boosters are typically intro foreign language courses of course it depends on your bent as well.

 

Final thoughts:

University is an exciting time and a time of transition. You can waste it away or you can make the most of it; we suggest you consider what you hope to get out from your 4 years (or five) and go for it.

It cannot be understated but genuinely choose your friends carefully. Yes, it’s a time where many fool around and reckless decisions but it can also be a time for growth and genuine understanding of who you are. Will you use this four years for your life as a platform or will it be a waste?

Honestly, the programs are such that you can easily make it through without really getting much from your education but why would you? Lastly, control your thoughts and your consciousness. (don’t lose your chooser – don’t let others choose for you. Don’t listen to propaganda. Think for your life and be productive to society. We’re neighbors for a reason.)

I hope you’ll enjoy your university experience whether at UBC or wherever else you go. If you plan on studying in Vancouver from another country, please feel free to reach out to us at VancityAsks.com and we’ll be happy to help however possible. (whether be it question, or being a line of support, or a ride from the airport to your destination – if schedule permits. I may be in and out of Vancouver). Also follow VancityAsks.com to learn more about Vancouver!

 

I’ll probably update this article later when I feel like it; meanwhile after a straight 2 hours of writing, I’m simply going to post as-is. It’s not a graded essay after all. Please leave your comments and thoughts and suggestions. I’m sure there are many others who can provide better tips than these so please do!

Cheap Parking Downtown Vancouver

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Here are some cheap parking right in downtown Vancouver, BC:

Depending on where about downtown Vancouver you’re located each of these 10 options would be great for you. If you’re looking for monthly parking, these downtown Vancouver parkade¬†offers monthly parking offers as well competitively.

Namely the top 3 also offer the cheapest for monthly parking in downtown Vancouver.

 

Here’s the list of the cheapest parking in downtown Vancouver. (maybe not the cheapest but cheap parking anyways).

Pictures are taken from Google using Google maps street view. Sorry, as much as we like you guys, I’m not about to hop to 10 different locations downtown just to snap a picture when we can take it¬†on Google equally as good. Go Google!

1. 1237 Davie Street:

A little out of the way but a lot to save. Parking is only $70/month at 1237 Davie Street. An ideal long term parking for deal seekers.

This parking spot is very near to Sushi Bar Maumi in Davie Village on our list of the best sushi in Vancouver¬†so you can enjoy sushi after a day of work. Another perk to choosing this as your long term parking location is it’s right beside a grocery store so you can pick up grocery on your way home. How convenient!

For hourly parking consider 843 Seymour Street for cheaper and better location to Vancouver’s downtown core. Still this is cheap downtown Vancouver parking with many perks to convenience which is why this is listed first for cheap parking in Vancouver. Get a deal!

$4/ Hour

$70/Month

1237 Davie Street Cheap downtown Vancouver Parking spot

1237 Davie Street marking entrance. Picture from Google.

Full address (for your GPS): 1237 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1N4

Entrance is on the right if you turned into Davie from Bute street. It’s on your left if you turned into Davie from Jervis Street (going the other direction)

 

2. 930 Seymour Street:

This location is ideal for monthly parking solutions. This is likely the cheapest downtown Vancouver parking you can find for the location. The price is only so because of an ongoing promotion.

930 Seymour Street is fairly convenient location closer to downtown than the West End Vancouver. It’s near Staples for your office supplies should you be running low on printer ink (maybe from printing this list of the cheap parking in downtown Vancouver). It’s also near a some good cafes (but where are you now in downtown Vancouver? Here’s the best Cafes in Vancouver.) Parking is cheap though at least.

$115/month

No hourly parking

930 Seymour Cheap parking spot in downtown Vancouver

Cheap parking in downtown Vancouver at 930 Seymour Street. Picture used from Google.

Full Address: 930 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B4

 

3. 900 Howe Street:

Located right in the center of the Downtown core, this is one of the cheapest parking in downtown Vancouver for the location. It’s an excellent monthly parking location if you’re looking to get near your centrally located office at the TD building. The pricing is more than most other parking locations because it’s right in the heart of downtown.

This parking location is very central in downtown Vancouver. You’re a block from Granville street if you plan on parking on Fridays after work. It’s right next to UBC Robson where you’ll frequently find food trucks out which makes a good bite on your way back from the office to your car. There’s coffee and pizza nearby too.

This is a great parking location but slightly at a premium. If you value your convenience and walk time then it’d be a good trade-off but maybe you prefer your morning walk in downtown Vancouver with coffee and croissant¬†(talking about croissant, here’s the list of the best bakery in Vancouver) in hand while you hear the bird chirp and the construction growl?

$5.50/hour

$200/month

Cheap Parking downtown Vancouver at 900 Howe Street

Cheap parking in downtown Vancouver near UBC at 900 Howe Street. Picture from Google.

Full address: 900 Howe St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2S9

 

4. 843 Seymour Street:

An excellent solution for hourly downtown parking. You’ll be paying $2.50 an hour for parking in the heart of downtown. Certainly one of the cheapest hourly parking in downtown Vancouver.

This is absolutely the best cheap parking in downtown Vancouver for those needing cheap hourly parking in downtown Vancouver. The parking spot is located about 2 blocks from Robson Street where the restaurants are. It’s also near Dunn’s Famous which happens to be on our list of the best poutine in Vancouver for none other than their smoke meat poutine. (Dunn’s Famous is famous for Montreal style smoke meat). Consider this hourly parking spot for catching a bite at Dunn’s.¬†Conveniently near to¬†Orpheum theatre and Nester’s for grocery run.

$2.50/Hour

Cheap hourly parking in downtown Vancouver at 834 Seymour

Cheap hourly parking in downtown Vancouver at 834 Seymour Street. Picture from Google Maps, street view.

Full address: 834 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B

 

5. 969 Burrard Street:

Also known as First Baptist Church, this parking location is centrally located near UBC Robson and Sheraton. You can take a skytrain to downtown Vancouver, Waterfront station or walk there in a few minutes. The location is also about 10 minutes walk to English Bay and accessible to Yaletown by the Canada Line skytrain from City Hall station. This is our preferred parking location for the pricing and locality.

This cheap downtown Vancouver parking spot is just a little out of the way but very conveniently besides¬†the Robert Lee YMCA¬†for gym goers. Perhaps stop¬†by before or after work for a brief workout or fitness class; apparently, working out in the morning provides more energy and mental agility throughout the day. If fitness is not your bid, you’re a block south from a grocery store and a block east will find you Tim Horton’s.

Entrance is just before First Baptist Church as pictured.

$4/Hour

$135/Month

Cheap parking in downtown Vancouver at 969 Burrard Street

Cheap parking in downtown Vancouver at 969 Burrard Street (First Baptist Church). Picture from Google maps, street view.

Full Address: 969 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1J1

 

6. 311 W Hastings:

This parking location is a bit towards the East of downtown by Gastown but still centrally located and a good parking spot for $2/hour.

It’s an outdoor parking spot on the cusp of Gastown which makes it a cheap¬†hourly parking spot in downtown Vancouver if you planned on dining in Gastown. Maybe park here as you dine at¬†Al Porto Ristorante on our list of the best Italian restaurants¬†in Vancouver. Other nearby attractions includes the¬†Revolver Cafe and the infamous “Meat and Bread”. Effectively, it’s a good parking option if you’re looking for cheap parking as a visitor to Vancouver for a couple hours downtown. Not the best part of town however.

It’s a little hard getting to this parking spot. You cannot turn into it from W Hastings street actually as it’s a different elevation. To enter this cheap parking spot in downtown Vancouver, you have to drive through the back street of W Hastings where the back entrance to the shops on W Hastings are. Entry by Cambie Street or Homer Street.

$2/hour

Cheap parking downtown Vancouver at 311 W Hastings Street.

Cheap parking downtown Vancouver at 311 W Hastings Street. Picture from Google Maps, street view.

Full Address: 311 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2N4

 

7. Granville Island:

Lots of free parking and cheap parking located at Grandville Island. If you like to start your day with a nice adventure, artisan coffee, premier donuts (Lee’s Donuts which happens to be on our list of the 5 best donuts in Vancouver – for good reason), then you can park at Granville Island and take the water taxi across to downtown (about $5 each way).

Hence this is best if you are making a lifestyle decision and want to enjoy more of your day. Economically, the time you take to get from Granville Island to downtown Vancouver won’t be worth the cost savings.

A great solution for tourists or a day trip too to enjoy Vancouver (when it’s sunny).¬†Realistically, it’s not practical on a daily basis but a perfect solution for those exploring Vancouver for a couple days and looking for cheap parking to roam downtown.

$117/Month

$15/day

$3.50/Hour (Free parking available for 1-3 hours from 7 AM to 7PM for Granville Island visitors)

Cheap Vancouver parking at Granville Island for tourist and visitors.

Cheap parking at Granville Island for tourist and visitors. Picture from Google maps, street view.

Full Address: 1535 Johnston St #102, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9

 

8.  900 Burrard Street:

We listed Paramount Place parking on our top 10 list of cheapest parking in Vancouver because of it’s central location and lower monthly rate.

This cheap parking location in downtown Vancouver is situated right where where the Scotiabank Theater is should you wish to catch a movie after the office. At the Hornby entrance, there’s a Tim Hortons and by the Burrard entrance, there’s a Starbucks so you have options for your morning coffee. For your grocery shopping, you can stop by IGA opposite the street or maybe grab a Japadog (which is on our list of top 5 food trucks/carts in Vancouver) at the junction of Burrard and Smithe Street after a day’s work.

The parking spot is accessible both on Burrard Street and Hornby Street by UBC Robson. It’s covered parking.

$5/Hour

$170/Month

Cheap downtown Vancouver parking at 900 Burrard street

Cheap parking in downtown Vancouver at 900 Burrard Street. Picture from Google Maps, street view. Picture of entrance at Hornby Street.

Full Address: 900 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 3G5

 

9. 330 Cambie Street:

Very centrally located and cheap hourly rate for parking in downtown Vancouver. The pricing is excellent for hourly parking in downtown Vancouver although 834 Seymour street may be a better option for cheap hourly parking in downtown Vancouver unless you’r visiting this specific area of Vancouver such as picking up coffee from Timbertrain Coffee Roasters (on our list of the best coffee roasters in Vancouver).

As with our earlier mention of cheap downtown Vancouver W Hastings parking, this 330 Cambie Street parking is a good option for day trips cheap parking. It’s rather close downtown and right besides the Meat and Bread shop opposite which is Revolver Cafe.

The unassuming entrance leads to a fairly large parking lot behind the building. It’s definitely cheap parking for downtown Vancouver area. This isn’t the best or safest part of downtown but still acceptable.

$3/Hour

Cheap hourly Vancouver downtown parking at 330 Cambie Street

Cheap downtown Vancouver parking at 330 Cambie Street. Hourly rates at $3. Picture from Google Maps, street view.

Full Address: 330 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2N3

 

10. 320 Granville Street:

Expensive hourly rate of $6.50 but a fair $130 for monthly parking. The price is good for monthly parking rates.

This parking spot in downtown Vancouver is the perfect parking spot location wise for the Waterfront area right outside the Waterfront station with Seabus to North Vancouver, Canada Line to Richmond, and the Sky train across Greater Vancouver Area. It’s a good spot for tourist preferring convenience and security as the parking is gated and indoors.

Entrance is at the corner of W Cordova Street and Granville Street.  You may enter from W Cordova Street or Granville Street.

$6.50/Hour

$130/Month

Cheap monthly downtown Vancouver parking at 320 Granville Street

Cheap monthly downtown Vancouver parking at 320 Granville Street. Picture from Google maps, street view.

Full Address: 320 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6B 0G5

 

Monthly Parking in Downtown Vancouver:

Hope these help you find your parking options in downtown Vancouver. Bellow are the top 5 cheapest monthly parking in downtown Vancouver as well.

1. 1237 Davie Street: $70/month

2. 930 Seymour Street: $115/month

3. Granville Island: $117/month

4. 320 Granville Street: $130/month

5. 969 Burrard Street: $135/month

 

Good City Parking:

Lastly, in case you wanted some city parking, here are some good parking spots to watch out for:

Vancouver Library – Free for Library visitors

Granville Island – Free parking for visitors.

These are best for visitors to Vancouver. There are no economical longer term street parking options (most have limitations to the # of hours) unless you use the meters which then it would be better to get a monthly parking pass from one of the options mentioned earlier.

 

Parking in downtown Vancouver is a peculiar art, central downtown Vancouver parking by Waterfront Station can eat $8 every hour whereas to walk only a block or two later.

Even then there are great parking deals to be had that will save you hundreds over time. It isn’t a perfect market and there isn’t perfect information so we hope to help you save more with your parking on VancityAsks.com by revealing the best deals in Vancouver downtown parking and the cheapest Vancouver downtown parking available by hourly or monthly rate. Due to the constant changing rate of parking prices by supply and demand in downtown Vancouver, we will update the list periodically.

It’s a quick list which you don’t need to look too long at; just enjoy the savings.

 

Resource for cheap parking in downtown Vancouver:

We gone through the complicated lists for you although here are some more resources you may be interested with:

http://www.bestparking.com/vancouver-parking/

https://advancedlots.myparkingworld.com/ADV/en?latlng=49.2827291,-123.12073750000002&q=Vancouver%2C%20BC%2C%20Canada&a=#details=52,9149

http://vancouver.ca/streets-transportation/find-parking.aspx

The resource mentioned above allows you to plug in the specific hours and days that you’ll be looking for parking in downtown Vancouver and it’ll help you to calculate the estimated costs of parking in downtown Vancouver. Quite a useful tool if you want to browse through a whole lot of options.

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