Living at Vanier Residence (UBC) | 1st Year Dorm Review at the University of British Columbia
Buildings: Vanier has the oldest buildings out of all the 1st year residences. The best buildings at Vanier being Tec De Monterrey or Korea are nothing special at all. Their best feature is that they have a super old and slow elevator. All the buildings are out-dated and are somewhat small. The carpets are kinda gross and there’s no telling how many gross feet and liquids have soaked into it over the years (I 100% recommend buying your own carpet). Vanier does have a decently nice workout area in the commonsblock, a pool table and a few study halls that are average at best. The best part about Vanier is the nice field that they have by the commonsblock that hosts tons of soccer games, ultimate frisbee and other field games.
Rooms: As mentioned above the rooms are not special at all. In fact they can be quite small at times. So long as you rearrange stuff and are well organized, there should be enough space for all your things, but even then it might be a bit crammed. The furniture is all very old; the desks, dresser and closet are a gross wood finish. Vanier honestly wouldn’t be such a bad residence if you weren’t able to compare it to the better Totem rooms, and all of the OC ones. Living in a Vanier room can be somewhat nice so long as you don’t keep reminding yourself how nice the other options could’ve been. All Vanier dorms have a shared bathroom for the floor which are decent. They are cleaned every day and so they don’t get that gross and messy. But it does suck having to get fully changed every time you want to go wash your hands or use the bathroom.
Food: Vanier food sucks. I may be a little biased since I ate there every day for 2 semesters, but even during my first few days all of the options are simply bland and nothing special. They have the usual burgers, chicken fingered and breakfast options. They occasionally have some sweet à la carte meals such as a roast beef dinner, but those come about once a month. They recently just added a sandwich bar, poke bowl bar and a vegan station which is all great and all, but they don’t taste as good as they sound. One tip that I did find after eating there so much is that you can start customizing your own unique meals by ordering a single chicken thigh, egg, and other individual items, and then combine them into their own little meal. That really helped add some diversity to my meals.
Community: Community is the one thing Vanier does have going for them. There is almost always some sort of sports game going on in the commons field. I think everyone just bonds a lot more as everyone is in the same boat of feeling left out from all the stuff that goes on at Totem and OC. I’m not fully sure why to be honest, but it has always been a well known fact that Vanier has the best community year after year.
Location: Vanier has the best location overall. It’s close to Sauder, the Nest, the Life building, all gyms, the bus loop and it’s right across the street from wreck beach. The only flaw is that it’s about a 30min walk from the frat village. But that goes by quickly when you’re drunk.
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