Looking to Connect with Other Graduate Students?

CONTRIBUTE to your graduate student community by volunteering to serve on a GSS Committee!

Whether you are in your first year or final year at UBC, you can still make a difference in graduate student life.

YOU can sit on a GSS Committee, provide input and gain valuable work experience about organizational operations and advocacy issues.

GSS Committees:

  • Academic and External Committee
  • Code and Policy Committee
  • Discrimination and Harassment Committee
  • Executive Oversight Committee
  • House Finance Committee
  • Human Resources Committee
  • Services Committee
  • Strategic Planning Ad hoc committee

Application deadline: Thursday, October 20, 2016, at 5:30pm

Committee details & how to apply

GSS Catch Up

Your GSS VP External, Nicholas McGregor (far left) was at the BC Legislature on Tuesday with the Alliance of BC Students (ABCS) to demand funding for more student housing from the provincial government as part of the Where’s the Housing? campaign. Many legislators came out to show support, including John Horgan (leader of the BC NDP) and Andrew Weaver (Leader of the BC Green Party). If adopted, our proposal will expand student housing in BC by 20,000 additional units by 2026

We’re Hiring! PT Event Production Assistant (EPA)

Gain essential work experience on campus. Help us provide event support services for events held at the Graduate Student Centre and the GSS Loft located in The Nest. Application deadline: October 14, 4pm.

Job posting details

Represents Your Department as a GSS Councillor

Be the voice of your program as a Councillor on the GSS Council!

ELECTIONS will be held over the next three or four weeks in the departmental graduate student organizations (GSA).

View list of GSAs with GSS Councillor openings

GSS Councillor details & how to apply

Join the Grad Council

Make new friends and represent your fellow graduate students on the UBC Graduate Council this year!

The Grad Council oversees the administration of UBC graduate programs and consists of UBC faculty, program staff, Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies representatives, as well as GSS representatives (maybe that’s you!).

The GSS representatives engage in many academic topics, including academic policies and graduate-level course curricula. Recent topics include tracking the outcome of UBC PhD graduates, changes to the traditional thesis dissertation format to best prepare graduates for non-academic careers, and policies on graduate student leaves of absence.

Nomination deadline: Thursday, October 20, 2016, at 5:30pm

Grad Council position details & how to apply

Where’s The Housing?

As a graduate student, were you stressed over finding an affordable place to live?

The ongoing housing crisis in BC has prompted the Alliance of BC Students and your GSS to develop a campaign called Where’s the Housing?

We are calling on the provincial government to cut the red tape preventing post-secondary institutions from financing housing projects on their campuses. We are also calling for the province to provide these institutions with the funding necessary to get housing projects off the ground.

Ultimately, following our recommendations, we believe that the province will be able to add 20,000 more housing units in BC over the next 10 years. This will reduce overcrowding in the off-campus housing market, shorten the housing wait-lists at UBC, and help make post-secondary education more affordable and accessible for students across BC at minimal cost to the BC tax payer.

As part of this campaign, we at the GSS would very much appreciate your support.

  1. Sign the petition
  2. Share it with anyone you know in BC who is being affected by the lack of affordable housing (Hashtag #WTHbc)

It is important that we get as many people involved in this conversation as possible!

For more information about the Where’s the Housing? campaign, visit:

GSS Programs & Events

Kick It with the Whitecaps

Sun., Oct. 2, 5-8pm, BC Place

Ticket sale ends Sep. 30. Get your tickets now!

Join fellow grad students and cheer on Vancouver’s soccer team, the Whitecaps as they battle out for a spot in the playoffs for the Western Conference.

Game info & tickets

Craft Untapped

Tue., Oct. 4, 5:30-7pm, Koerner’s Pub

With discounts on advance tickets

Craft Untapped is back and better than ever! We’re teaming up with Koerner’s Pub and Driftwood Brewery to bring you a guided tasting of the best of Driftwood’s lineup.

Event details & tickets


Oct. 15-16 (Weekend; Overnight), Golden Ears Provincial Park

Mark your calendars! Join fellow grad students for a BYO-Gear weekend camping trip under the starry sky. Details to come!

Live Webinar: 5 Most Frustrating Mistakes that Can Keep You Stuck in Grad School

Mon., Oct. 24, 10-11:30am, Thea’s Lounge / Your Laptop, FREE

Learn The 5 Most Frustrating Mistakes that Can Keep You Stuck in Grad School – and how to avoid them with Thesis & Career Coach, Dora Farkas, PhD.

Webinar details & sign up

Zumba Class

Mondays, until Dec. 5, 5:30-6:30pm, GSS Ballroom

Registration open until October 7!

Ditch the Workout, Join the Party! Open to all levels! Whether you are just learning your way around two left feet or are spinning like a top, everyone will be challenged at the appropriate level.

Class info & sign up

Yoga Class

Thursdays, until Dec. 8, 5:30-6:30pm, GSS Ballroom

Registration open until October 7!

Time to get bendy and relieve stress. Open to yogis of all levels! Whether you are just getting acquainted with downward dog or have that toe stand nailed, everyone will be challenged at the appropriate level.

Class info & sign up

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