Welcome to UBC! Join your GSS (Graduate Student Society) as we host a myriad of orientation events throughout September to help you get acquainted with student life at UBC and in Vancouver.
GSS Orientation Day – September 2, 2016
The main GSS Orientation Day will bring various opportunities to learn more about the campus and experience our city, including tours, workshops, a booth fair, and so much more! There will even be a popular Vancouver harbour sunset boat cruise to top off the day!
Throughout September 2016
Throughout the month of September, we will host events such as a hiking trip to the Chief, Beach Day, Sundae Social, and even a whale watching excursion!
Want to know more? Check out our amazing orientation events below!
Killer patios, epic food, live music & craft beer. After a day of welcoming activities, come to relax, have a drink, and mingle with your GSS Student Executives (Graduate Student Society) and fellow new graduate students.
Rise early as your GSS Student Executive cooks up a storm of this classic Canadian breakfast for everyone. Fuel up on fresh, made-on-the-spot delicious pancakes before you take in the rest of Orientation Day.
Join a 60-minute guided tour of Museum of Anthropology (MOA), a popular UBC attraction that houses one of the world’s finest collections of art and cultural artifacts.
Learn about the many resources available to graduate students, connect with various on-campus groups, and check out the myriad of opportunities for you to get involved at UBC.
New to UBC? Join this FREE 45-minute tour to learn your way around campus and definitely the spots you will need to know. Tours are led by current graduate students with the inside knowledge, so ask away!
Set the foundation for your graduate student experience with these 15-minute sessions that highlight several topics relevant to graduate student life.
A GSS Graduate Orientation favourite. Race across campus in teams on a scavenger hunt that tests your UBC knowledge, creativity and luck. Compete for fun or to win great prizes.
We are firing up the BBQ to serve up burgers! Join us for a scrumptious lunch and mingle with fellow new graduate students.
Delve deeper into topics relevant specifically to graduate students. Topics include the AMS/GSS Health & Dental Plan, working on campus, and tips on successful off-campus living.
Wrap up Orientation Day with this premier GSS event and set sail for a stunning sunset, great music and sight of sparkling city lights. Tickets are limited; RSVP early.
Get out and experience the Canadian great outdoors on this 4-hour round trip iconic hike near Vancouver that includes breaks and selfie stops with panoramic views of the ocean, mountains, glaciers and the city of Squamish below.
Get ready to bump, set and spike! Have a last summer blast with your GSS as we spend an afternoon at one of the most popular and scenic beaches in Vancouver. Come to play beach volleyball and make it a day out in the sun with a BYOPicnic (Bring-your-own-picnic).
Learn the tactics you can use to quickly mitigate incidences of sexual assault and cultural and gender harassment on campus from the GSS Active Bystander Workshop.
Come for a sweet treat and meet your GSS Student Executive.
Get ready to mix and mingle with new and current grad students while expanding your social networks in a casual atmosphere with a session of Speed Friending.
Killer patios, epic food, live music & craft beer. Drink and be merry before your program commences at Koerner’s Pub. Mingle with fellow new UBC graduate students and meet your GSS Student Executives.
We are cracking open the best of the local autumn brews along with firing up the BBQ to serve up burgers. Sample those that are staples and find unique new favourites while mingling with fellow grad students.
Sunset in Vancouver is stunning, especially when you experience it with good company.
Celebrate surviving the first week of school and get acquainted with Vancouver’s nightlife. Venue boasts the best sound systems, light show and offers not one but TWO dance floors. GSNO is a night not to be missed!
It is an unforgettable, trip of a lifetime! Jump aboard this wild adventure as we search for Killer Whales and the diverse wildlife of the Pacific Coast in their natural habitat.
Dine out at one of the best brunch place as recommended by one of graduate students. Mingle with fellow UBC students and enjoy a great meal together.
Join the GSS in the Penthouse for a night of fun, friends, and board games! With classic favourites such as Settlers of Catan, Taboo, Carcassonne, Hanabi and more we’ve got games for everyone!
Try an ethnic cuisine at a restaurant as recommended by one of graduate students and learn more about the culture behind the food from the graduate student host of this meet-up. Mingle with fellow UBC students and enjoy a great meal together.
Join our excursion to one of North America’s best Night Markets located right here in the Lower Mainland. Your GSS has chartered a bus to leave right from campus for your convenience!
The Graduate Student Society – UBC Vancouver represents and advocates on behalf of all UBC Graduate Students to the University, the Government, and the public.
We provide academic, professional, social, and recreational services to our members, and act as stewards of the Thea Koerner House Graduate Student Centre.