University of Northern British Columbia



The University of Northern British Columbia is ranked as Canada's SECOND best small university. It is also proud to be one of the four exclusive research universities in British Columbia. We have a passion for academic excellence, student success, research and the environment. Further, with over 60 programs of study and more than 4,000 students from all over the world, UNBC is a dynamic place to learn and grow. In addition to being one of Canada’s best small universities, we also have one of the best faculty to students ratios in Canada – with small class sizes you can be assured that your award winning faculty are accessible and that you won't get lost in the crowd. Everyone at UNBC is genuinely interested in seeing students succeed. Last, with over 93% of UNBC graduates employed after graduation you know you are setting yourself up for success.

Areas of Expertise

As Canada’s Green University, UNBC sets the standard for research and innovation in sustainability. Our state of the art facilities, excellence in research and teaching ensure the quality of education is of highest value. With numerous 3M Teaching awards (Canada’s most prestigious honour for teaching) bestowed upon our internationally known faculty, you can be assured that an exceptional quality of learning is always provided. With a focus on the environment and natural resources; community sustainability and development; and health and quality of life our students are engaged in their studies both in and out of the classroom through innovative course delivery models that ensure students experience learning. Our new Wood Innovation Design Centre, housing two unique wood engineering graduate programs, will establish UNBC as the world leader in wood engineered solutions to solve every-day design and constructions challenges.

On Campus Housing

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Co-ed:536 bedsLowest: $4,400Highest: $5,068

Apartment style suites are located steps from the main campus. Housing is a first come, first served basis. Housing services also provides an academic intensive floor, which emphasizes quiet study. 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. Students new to residence and students whom have completed less than 60 UNBC credit hours will also be placed on the meal plan. UNBC's Residence 7-Day Meal Plan provides patrons with unlimited access to the Dining Hall and all of its Food Service Options. To enhance your experience, the dining hall will feature extended operating hours from 6am to 11pm, new food stations, improved seating, and weekly events. This plan is a value-loaded meal option that allows students, staff and faculty unlimited access to a variety of healthy and nutritious food options as they need it. The meal plan is an additional fee at $2191.99 per semester.

Off Campus Housing

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Homestay:60 bedsLowest: $650Highest: $650

Off-campus housing can be found and most landlords don't require a full year lease. The NUGSS website can also assist you in finding Off-Campus Housing, with their listing:

Incoming Students

UNBC International Education offers extensive student services and programs to ease the transition for incoming international students. These activities include an orientation for all new students to involving academic and social activities. Students will learn about the wide range of support services available to all students while they study at UNBC. Once students have begun classes the International Education office is here to assist and direct students during their entire career at UNBC

Career Planning

University life can present challenges, but we're here to help! We have a Student Career Centre that can help you find employment opportunities. Some of our services include offering workshops to assist students in preparing for employment, arranging employer recruiting and information sessions for students, participating in annual career fairs hosted on campus, posting career opportunities for Alumni, posting part-time and full-time jobs for students and organizing co-operative education work term placements. We also have peer helpers who are available in the Career Centre during various times during the week to help you find what you need. The International Education office provides students with information about eligibility to work in Canada.


UNBC is home to the Timber-wolves men’s and ladies varsity basketball teams that play in the CIS and Canada West. Several International students have joined our teams and benefit from tuition waivers intended to help them with the cost of their studies. Junior varsity teams include co-ed Nordic skiing, men's ice hockey, and men's and ladies indoor soccer. Check out


Too many to list! Check out We have all sorts of great events and activities from the yearly kick off concert "Back Yard BBQ" to the outdoor bounty that surrounds our campus. Get involved in a club, spend some time outside, and take advantage all that is UNBC!


There are currently more than 40 clubs governed by the Northern Undergraduate Student Society (NUGSS). Over 80% of students at UNBC participate in clubs or in club activities. It is the perfect opportunity to get involved and have fun. If we don't have the club you’re looking for, start it! Check out

Information Technology

The University is now wireless allowing student connection to the Internet from anywhere on campus. All residence rooms are wired for computer connections and have access to the Internet. The cost of high speed Internet is included in the housing fees.


The International Centre at UNBC plans and promotes cultural awareness on campus through a variety of activities at The UNBC First Nations Centre offers a peaceful, culturally sensitive, environment where students can learn, study, socialize, and relax. Check out

Special Services

Academic Success Centre to assist students to succeed in their studies; Access Resource Centre to help support students with physical and learning disabilities; technological, classroom supports; counselling and career support; women's centre, office of international programs and support services, childcare centre, and health and wellness centre. There are also housing rooms available for students with special needs. These should be requested early.

Affiliated Institutions

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International Involvement

Formal exchange agreements with universities in Japan, Russia, Finland, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Germany, South Africa, Norway, Scotland, Taiwan, Mexico, China, France, Italy, and the United States. The agreements reflect UNBC's regional commitment to the Circumpolar North and the Pacific Rim. Check out

Campus Tour

We welcome you to bring groups of students to our campus and to encourage individual students to participate in our ‘Student for a Day’ program. This program provides Grade 11 and 12 students with the opportunity to partake in first year classes relevant to their program of interest, have lunch, speak with university representatives, and have a campus tour. For information, e-mail, or visit

Modified on November 21, 2017