ABOUT US

The University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA) was incorporated as a not-for-profit society in 2002 to provide the residents of UBC’s residential neighbourhoods with services that encourage a sustainable community life at UBC. The UNA oversees the major residential neighbourhoods around UBC’s campus: Wesbrook Village, Hampton Place, Chancellor Place, Hawthorn Place, East Campus, and the newly developed Central District.

 

The purpose of the UNA is set out in its constitution and by-laws. It manages infrastructure such as street and sidewalk repairs, and regulates matters of concern in the public realm such as parking and noise. The areas of responsibility are set out in greater detail in the Neighbourhood Agreement with UBC. The agreement is amended as needed, most recently in 2015. The schedules to the agreement are in development. Residents opinions, views and concerns are heard through the UNA who works with external stakeholders to shape future development of residential areas at UBC.

The board of directors oversees the operations of the society, develops policies and plans strategies for the future. The majority of directors (5) are elected by residents who are members of the society, two are appointed by UBC and 1 by the AMS to reflect the relationship between UBC and the residents in the community. All residents are eligible to become members of the society which entitles them to vote at the AGM.

In addition to services related to physical entities the UNA ensures that residents have access to UBC athletic facilities and manages two community centres : the Wesbrook Community Centre and the Old Barn Community Centre.

The UNA promotes health and sustainability within the community by helping implement policies and bylaws to regulate the needs of a rapidly growing population. The Green Initiative is the UNA’s project to promote sustainable practices and reduce the environmental impact of all residents. The UNA Green Depot is integrated into Wesbrook Community Centre and provides residents with a local recycling depot. The UNA Green Initiative also works towards promoting car share and electric transportation initiatives in the UNA communities.

The University Neighbourhoods Association continues to grow and evolve with the communities it represents. By engaging with residents, the UNA is the voice of residents in major projects and future planning decisions within UBC.

FACILITIES

The UNA operates two community centres in the UBC campus, and our main office is located in Wesbrook Village. Learn more about our hours and locations.

STAFF

Learn more about who we are, and find out how to contact us.

NEIGHBOURHOODS

Wesbrook

Population: approx. 12,500 (at completion)
Description: Wesbrook Place is the largest residential neighbourhood at UBC. It offers a unique blend of residential housing (market and rental) and commercial spaces. The neighbourhood has five parks that are dedicated to Nobel Prize Laureates, Michael Smith Park, Khorana Park, Mundell Park, and Brockhouse Park.

Hampton Place

Population: approx. 2,300
Description: Hampton Place is located directly adjacent to Pacific Spirit Park at the northeast corner of 16th Avenue and Wesbrook Mall. This residential area was developed in the early 1990s and is currently made up of 11 condominium buildings that range in size from high rises to townhouses. Hampton Place is a connected community, with direct access to the UBC athletics training centre and a 2 minute walk from the Wesbrook commercial area. The residents in this neighbourhood.

Hawthorn Place

Population: approx. 1,700
Description: Hawthorn Place is located south of Thunderbird Boulevard between East Mall and West Mall. It is home to the Old Barn Community Centre, Bean Around the World coffee shop, and offers an abundance of green space with Jim Taylor Park and various smaller ones throughout the neighbourhood. Additionally, two of the UNA’s Community Gardens are located along Main Mall on the outskirts of the Hawthorn Place neighbourhood. Hawthorn Place is populated with faculty and staff co-developments, faculty and staff rental housing, and a range of market housing from condos to townhomes. With close proximity to the core.

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Chancellor Place

Population: approx. 1,600
Description: Chancellor Place is a neighbourhood steeped in UBC history. With the Iona Building of the UBC School of Economics at the centre of this neighbourhood, it is also located close to the Chan Centre, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, the Museum of Anthropology, the theological colleges, and other university amenities. Natural beauty is an important part of the neighbourhood, and many homes enjoy incredible views of the ocean and mountains. Developed in 2004, this neighbourhood has a mix of high rises and townhouses with approximately 200 units of rental housing.

East Campus

Population: approx. 400
Description: East Campus is located along Wesbrook Mall near both the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Winter Sports Arena and the UBC Hospital. It’s a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly neighbourhood with a large proportion of rental housing. This neighbourhood is largely made up of students, UBC faculty, and UBC staff due to it’s small but centrally-located neighbourhood.

Central

Population: approx. (unknown)
Description: Central district is a small area located at the heart of UBC, near UBC’s AMS nest, Aquatics Centre, Bookstore, and academic core. Central is deeply woven with University life and offers condos for rental and purchase.