Each year, thousands of students are left to look off-campus for housing.
This year, despite UBCs ability to house approximately 12000 students, an estimated 6000 were on the waitlist, and according to UBC’s managing director of student housing and hospitality, Andrew Parr, this number is growing year upon year.
“We’re in the midst right now of growing our housing inventory by about 3,500 beds between 2015 and 2020. We’ve opened two new complexes in the last couple years that have added about 2,300 beds to the campus and we have three other projects on the go.”
According to one UBC student, Dario Garousian, university courses are a walk in the park compared to the stress of finding an affordable place to live in Vancouver.
Due to the lack of housing for non-first year students, Garousian and a friend decided to look off-campus.
When they showed up for an apartment viewing, they were not prepared to see more than 40 students waiting in line outside.
“I was shocked to see that many people in the lineup, that many students. Just being there was really overwhelming. Just the thought that I have to write an application and beg for it.”
Just last year, Garousian says that he could find a 2BR for $1600, and that now, someone would be lucky to find a 1BR for the same price.
Other students in the Lower Mainland are experiencing the same woes. A friend of his travels roughly 3hrs every day from Port Moody to UBC by transit, because she was unable to find an affordable place in a closer location.
Garousian says he will live with family in North Vancouver if he can't find another place to live, but he realizes not many students have such an option
Whether you're a student or not, housing affordability affects us all. We're interested to hear about YOUR struggles with finding a place to live in in the Lower Mainland.