Welcome to the UBC First Year Experience

Welcome to being a part of the UBC Thunderbirds family! Use your first year UBC t-shirt for free access to varsity games, recreation events, and to win amazing prizes throughout your first year at UBC.

Follow these four easy steps to have an awesome First Year Experience!

Get Your Free UBC T-shirt

Jump Start, Residence, and Collegia

If you’re taking part in Jump Start, moving into a campus residence, or will be a member of a collegium, your advisor will make sure you get your new Thunderbirds t-shirt! They’ll get them to you before all the big moments so that you can proudly show everyone that you’re part of the UBC family!

What About Me? I’m not in any of those.

There’s no need to feel left out, we’ve got every first year student looked after. If you aren’t in any of these three programs, you can make a visit to the Student Recreation Centre to grab your free t-shirt. Stop by any of these times and we’ll make sure you get your new kit!

  • Sep 4 – 3:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Sep 5 – 3:00-6:00 p.m.
  • Sep 6 – 1:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Sep 11 – 12:00-2:00 p.m.
  • Sep 12 – 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Enjoy all the Free Perks

After school starts, keep wearing your shirt for access to fun events:

  • Table Tennis Tournament – October 18
  • First Year Experience at Day of the LongBoat – September 28, 29
  • First Year Experience at Great Trek Festival – October 26
  • Admission to select UBC Thunderbirds Games
    • Women’s Hockey – October 11
    • Basketball – November 29

Win More Free Stuff with Discover UBC Beginning September 4

Discover UBC challenge information

Join the UBC FYE Run Club

Welcome to the UBC FYE Run Club! This run club is open to all first years at UBC who are at any point in their running journey. Whether you are just getting into running or an avid runner looking for a community, this run club is for you! In partnership with Mile2Marathon, we are hosting weekly runs every Thursday at 4pm meeting at the Student Recreation Centre. Runners are encouraged to use this club as a training program for the Fall Classic and Great Trek Festival.

Program Details

When: Every Thursday, Starting September 12th
Where: Student Recreation Centre, Meet at the North Entrance
Time: 4:00pm, 30-60 min. sessions
Duration: 8 Weeks
Cost: FREE
Incentive: Runners that attend 4 out of 8 weeks will receive run club swag. Runners that attend 7 out of 8 weeks will receive free registration for the Fall Classic & Great Trek Festival 5km or 10km run.

Sessions will range from 30-60 minutes. This will include warm-up and cool-down exercises, not just running. We encourage anyone to join, regardless of how much or little running you have been doing recently. We will be able to cater training to your current ability!