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UTown@UBC Community Programs and Services

Offered in partnership with the University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) and various UBC departments, you'll find community programming for all-ages and interests available year-round.  Whether you are a resident, student, staff, or faculty, there's something for you to enjoy and create lasting relationships.

Our programs include:

  • Youth Leadership Program | UNA

The Youth Leadership program is for youths ages 13-18 years old who are interested in the challenge of stepping out of their comfort zone to learn leadership skills and contribute to their community. Each semester, participants will build connections with their peers, engage in discussions, and cultivate leadership skills through personal growth exploration, volunteer-based action projects, and fun social opportunities. In the past, Youth Leaders have been successful community grant recipients of projects, such as a computer recycling program and a community cookbook. Youths have also collectively volunteered countless hours in the community, from registering bikes at Project 529 stations and assisting at events like Kids Take Over UBC. To register, please see the UNA's Program Guide.

UBC is even better by bike! Keep your bikes in tip top shape year-round with a little help from the AMS Bike Co-op. Come with your bike or without, these drop-in clinics are open to all! Get a free bike tune up, cycling maps and resources, while also having all your bike questions answered. For kids and youths who have outgrown their bike, check out the Kids Bike Library and trade-in your existing bike for one that's more your size.  

To help protect bikes from theft on campus, we have partnered with Project 529, a community-based bike registration and recovery service. You can register your bike at drop-in registration stations or self-register anytime with your smartphone through the UBC Project 529 Garage. As an additional protective measure, you can get the tamper-resistant shield from us for free (valued at $10) once you register your bike through our garage. 

Kids Fit brings kids ages 7-12 years old, who live in the UNA neighbourhoods or on-campus residence, into many of UBC's world-class athletic facilities to enjoy fun sports and games. Delivered by senior-level students in UBC's School of Kinesiology, participants enjoy inclusive, age-appropriate activities in a social setting. The annual program has been offered for free since 2011 and successfully launched its first online and at home version in Spring 2020. 

Explore your campus community with free or reduced-rate access to many of UBC's recreational and cultural amenities! 

During fall and spring, you can expect to see a parade of yellow hats and t-shirts forming a "walking school bus" and "bike train" from campus neighbourhoods to Norma Rose Point and University Hill elementary schools. These Walk n' Roll celebration weeks encourages our young residents (and their parents!) to choose active transportation year-round. Look for fun and educational safety initiatives, from bike check stations, car-free mornings, volunteer opportunities, and more to help contribute to a safe and walkable community. 

Join the monthly Nature Club by Beatty Biodiversity Museum to learn and explore nature through biodiversity activities for children ages 5 – 12 years old accompanied by their families. Each themed session features museum educators, along with special guests from the Pacific Museum of Earth and UBC, for an in-depth exploration of a variety of topics. Open to all and free for UBC campus families. 

Presented by the renowned UBC School of Music, this community concert series is for classical music aficionados and novices alike, and features UBC School of Music personalities performing and sharing glimpses – through engaging commentary – of their unique interpretation. Concerts are typically hosted at Roy Barnett Hall, with recent shows now accessible online by livestream from the Chan Centre. 

  • First Aid Student Team (FAST) | UBC Student Services

We are proud to support FAST (First Aid Student Team), a dedicated group of students trained to provide first aid services at UBC and UNA community events and also educational training sessions by request. Planning an event on campus? Take care of your attendees and request FAST for your event. FAST also recruits long-term volunteers, who wish to gain valuable leadership skills and contribute to safety and wellbeing on campus. 

If you think there's an experience that's missing in the community, you can apply for a community grant and receive up to $1000 to bring your idea to life!