As a new undergrad, there are many things you’ve yet to discover about UBC, but don’t know where to start from? Being Bangladeshi, you might have some specific needs, you would want curry, bhat and dal on campus, you want to go pray Jummah on a Friday or meet more Bangladeshis, we have it all here.
Get to know your campus
If you’re looking for things to do on campus visit: http://students.ubc.ca/campus/discover-spaces-and-places
Let’s admit it, UBC is humungous and it is very normal for one to get lost. The easiest way around campus is by getting a map from Brock Hall, any library, any residence or just visit Wayfinding UBC at: http://www.maps.ubc.ca/PROD/index.php
If you’re an international student your first stop will be at the International House ( more commonly known as Ihouse) :
- International House
1783 West Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2
International Student Development
They will help you with your Temporary Resident Visa, study permit, your study plan, if you have trouble settling in, if you want to do an international exchange program and many more.
For more details, please visit: http://students.ubc.ca/international
Now coming to bhat and dal! Every Bangali is crazy for bhaat and that is what we crave for most once we are away from home. The sub has halal chicken curry, dal, lamb biryani at the deli in the basement. The village food court have a variety different cuisines you can choose from. Or if you have a sweet tooth, hit Menchies at the Wesbrook village. For groceries, Wesbrook village has save on foods, or the Chinese grocery store at the University Market Place.
For emergencies, visit the UBC emergency hospital or the student health and you would need your MSP (medical service plan) insurance, for further information visit the UBC student health site: http://students.ubc.ca/livewell/services/student-health-service
The site for 2014 calendar is: http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/
Course Registration For information on course registrations please contact your faculty advisors. Their contact info can be found in the following link :
For Friday prayers, visit the Ihouse, Eid prayers are held there as well. If you’re looking for entertainment off campus, there’s the Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre at Nelson street, Silver City Cineplex at metrotown and many more for movies. Metro town and Pacific Centre are the two most popular malls around in Vancouver. For more entertainment, if you walk down Granville street, you’ll find at least a good number of events going on for sure!
For events going on around campus visit: http://www.thecalendar.ca/
If you need further assistance, feel free to leave a post or a message on the BSA facebook page!