VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Thousands of students are spending the Labour Day weekend making the big move into dorms at UBC, which is dealing with the same housing pressures as the rest of the Lower Mainland.
About 5,000 students are unpacking at the Point Grey campus, many of them for the first time.
Andrew Parr is the Managing Director of Student Housing and Hospitality Services at UBC. He admits the wait list for can be long, fueled in part by Metro Vancouver’s tight rental market.
“There’s this really dynamic community here and students want to be a part of it,” he says.
“At the very peak of summer, this year, it was about 6,000 students. We think of that 6,000, today if we were able to offer housing, probably, there would be in the neighbourhood of 4,000 students who would want to live on campus.”
Parr also points UBC has more than 11,000 beds, more than any other university in the country.