Apply for Residency

Resident Members at Founders' Dinner
Resident Members at the 2015 Founders' Dinner. Photo by Madeline Couse

 

NOTICE TO PROSEPECTIVE APPLICANTS, 19 May 2017: Because of an exceptionally high rate of early applications this year, it is likely that any places in residence at the College that are offered after the May meeting of the Membership Committee will be wait-listed—meaning that they will only translate into contracts for accommodation at Green College for September 2017 in the event of last-minute changes of plan by continuing Resident Members or cancellations by others newly admitted.

If you are wait-listed for admission to Green College during the present application round, you will remain on the waiting list until December 31, 2017. If you have not been offered a contract for accommodation at the College by then, your application will lapse. You would, however, then be eligible to reply for the following year.

Do you thrive in a small, tight-knit community?

Are you interested in meeting new people and learning something outside of your area of expertise?

If this sounds like you, you should apply to Green College.

Overview

Green College is a unique graduate residential college that promotes a supportive academic environment through active participation in community life—from free public lectures, events and performances, to discussions around the dinner table.

The College is home to 100 graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and visiting artists and academics invested in interdisciplinary learning. Together, they form a vibrant community sharing ideas at UBC.

Interested in becoming a resident member and contributing to the community? Read more on eligibility, the application process, residence rooms, entrance awards, and dining plan below.


Eligibility

Resident membership of Green College is open to:

  1. UBC students age 19 or older who have been accepted into or are currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral degree program
  2. UBC-appointed Postdoctoral Scholars
  3. Visiting Professors (faculty members) from other institutions outside the Vancouver area who have a formal association with UBC. Please contact the Membership and Accommodations Coordinator by email for more information on how to apply.

A limited number of places are available each year to graduate students enrolled in degrees at other universities who have the status of Visiting Students or Visiting Scholars at UBC.

Resident membership is not open to UBC faculty members.


Is Green College the right fit for you?

Resident Members Johannes and Maddie
Resident Members Johannes and Maddie.

The College seeks Resident Members who can:

  • Demonstrate academic distinction and the potential to be active, contributing participants in the community
  • Express a clear interest in the interdisciplinary mandate of the College
  • Contribute to interdisciplinary conversation over dinner, a staple of College life. This means participating in the mandatory meal plan, which includes:
    • Breakfasts Monday through Friday
    • Dinners Sunday through Thursday
    • For more info, check out our Fees page.

In determining resident membership, the College also strives to achieve diversity in academic discipline, gender, and international representation.


Application Process

How do I apply?

There are two steps to apply:

  1. Submit your application via the UBC Student Housing and Hospitality Services (SHHS) website here.
  2. Send all supporting documents via email to gc.membership@ubc.ca

The supporting documents you will need are:

  • Personal statement of interest (500 words maximum one page long with word count bottom right), outlining your specific interdisciplinary interests or pursuits, extracurricular activities that demonstrate community involvement, and any relevant previous experience of living in an academic community or other communal environment.

Explain why you are interested in the College and how you intend to get involved in College life.

  • Academic Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Transcripts for each post-secondary institution attended. We accept copies forwarded from the applicant's UBC home department (pdf by email)
  • Two academic letters of reference. Copies of letters of reference used for application to the applicant's department at UBC will be accepted if sent directly from the department
  • Personal letter of reference. The letter should come from someone who knows the applicant outside the classroom and can address the range and variety of their interests and their ability to contribute to a culturally diverse residential community such as Green College. Candidates are encouraged to refer their personal referee to the College’s website for information about the College.

    Important: Files missing any of the documents listed above will NOT be reviewed by the Membership Committee.

When should I apply?

  • Applications can be made at any time, though we encourage early application.
  • Most applications for September admission are received between February and May.
  • The Membership Committee meets monthly to review completed applications received by the 15th of the month.
  • Applicants whose completed applications were received before the mid-month deadline will be notified of their status by the end of the month.

Entrance Awards

Successful applicants for admission to Green College are automatically considered for the R. Howard Webster Graduate Fellowship and, if eligible, for the N. H. Benson International Graduate Award.

All awards are valid for one year (non-renewable).

R. Howard Webster Foundation Fellowships

Graduate student Resident Members of Green College are eligible for the R. Howard Webster Foundation Fellowships, endowed by the R. Howard Webster Foundation and the Province of British Columbia. The fellowships are open to graduate students in any field studying at the University of British Columbia who become Resident Members of Green College. Ten to twelve awards, worth $2,000-$2,500 each, are made in a typical year.

N. H. Benson International Graduate Award

The N.H. Benson International Graduate Award is endowed annually to an international student admitted to Green College. The award is funded by an endowment provided by Dr. Keith Benson, second Principal of Green College (2004-6), in memory of his father, Norman Harold Benson (1916-2011). One award of around $2,000 is made each year.


Residence Rooms

Green College will assign you a room type before you arrive to live in residence. Each type of accommodation includes:

  • Your own private workspace
  • A large personal room
  • A bed, desk, armoire, bookcase, two chairs and two lamps (a desk and floor lamp)

Please note in the photos below that some items have been purchased by Resident Members. Unless they are the items listed above, they are not included in the room.

NOTE: Resident Members are assigned to specific room types based on their level of study or relationship status. For example, studio rooms are reserved for Postdoctoral visitors and couples. Split-level rooms are primarily offered to Resident Members who have lived at the College for more than a year.

The different types of rooms at the College are:

Single Room

Single room

Each single-occupancy room shares a bathroom with another single room.

These rooms measure approximately 180 square feet each.

 

Single room

Single room

Single room

Single Room Split

Single room split

Two single-occupancy rooms share a bathroom in a two-level suite, with an additional shared living area.

Each split measures approximately 663 square feet in total, and each single room is approximately 180 square feet.

Split level room

Split level room

Split level common living area

Studio Room

Studio room

A self-contained room with its own bathroom, suitable for single or double occupancy (priority is given to Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars, and couples).

Studio rooms measure around 312 (standard) square feet each.

Studio room

Studio room

Studio room

 

See the Fees page for more information on differences in cost per accommodation option.

While we cannot guarantee your placement in a given room type, please discuss any particular needs or preferences with gc.membership@ubc.ca upon accepting your membership offer and tenancy. However, please note that preference can generally only extend from single room to split room, due to priority assignment of studio rooms.

Please note that our residential buildings are not generally suitable for persons with mobility or agility disabilities. Much of the property is on steep terrain, and there are many stairs throughout the facility.

If you have a disability of this type and are interested in applying for resident membership, please contact the Membership and Accommodations Coordinator at gc.membership@ubc.ca for more detailed information on the College's ability to accommodate your needs.


Residential Grounds

Residential Grounds
A view of A North Residence from the fragrance garden with cherry blossoms in full bloom. Photo by Don Erhardt

One of the benefits of living at Green College is around-the-clock access to a wide range of facilities just outside your residence room.

Graham House and The Coach House

Find spaces to curl up with a book and a cup of tea, play the piano, or plug in your laptop and study.

The Reading Room

Catch up on news from around the world and leaf through publications by some of our members and visitors. Here, you'll have access to a well-stocked library of books from across all disciplines.

Green Commons

Watch TV or just hang out in this recreational room reserved for residents.

Common Kitchen (and Laundry)

Prepare meals outside of meal plan hours in the centrally-located Common Kitchen, which also houses laundry facilities.

Grounds and Gardens

Explore the stunning College gardens, including a Rose Garden and an outdoor patio sitting area. It's the perfect spot to catch the sunset.


Dining Plan

A major part of College life revolves around dinner in the Great Hall. This is how residents meet each other and stay connected. It's also how they get to know other members of the College, Visiting Scholars, guests from elsewhere in the University, and members of the public, who are also invited to purchase dinner tickets.

You'll find that the Great Hall at dinnertime is just as lively an academic, interdisciplinary discussion space as the Coach House, and that ideas and conversation tend to flow between the locations. Many theses and dissertations have been born, reworked, and refined over dinner at the College!

The meal plan is compulsory for residents, who automatically become members of the Green College Dining Society (GCDS). Residents dine together at five dinners and five breakfasts each week. A Common Kitchen is available for meal preparation outside of meal plan times.

Breakfast

  • Breakfast is served from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Monday through Friday
  • You can choose from a hot dish, to a variety of cereals, bread to toast and spreads, baked goods, hard-boiled eggs, fresh fruit, juice, coffee, tea and dairy and non-dairy milk

Dinner

  • Dinner is served from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday
  • Dinner includes a salad bar, bread/rolls, a main entrée (with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options), dessert or fruit, and beverages

• Alcohol is available for purchase (See GCDS Policies for further guidelines).

The College has limited capacity to meet special dietary requirements. If you have any requirements, please contact gc.membership@ubc.ca before you apply for resident membership of the College.

For more on meal plan fees, click here.