Graduate Student Life

Graduate studies, while intense, are about a great deal more than seminars and research. UBC offers many opportunities to enrich your graduate education beyond the classroom and, more generally, to enjoy life as a graduate student. Many opportunities will arise once you get here, but here are a few notable organizations and events to get you thinking.

The Graduate Student Society (GSS) promotes the interests of graduate students across the university. It organizes events and operates the Thea Koerner House Graduate Student Centre, including Koerner's Pub. All graduate students are automatically members of UBC's GSS.

The Allard School of Law has an active Graduate Law Students Society that organizes social events as well as career seminars and other academic events for graduate students. It also represents the graduate students from the school at meetings of the GSS, and on numerous committees as well as Faculty Council.

UBC is home to two outstanding graduate students colleges: Green College and St. John's College. Graduate students are eligible to apply for membership in either college.

UBC hosts Canada's longest-running annual Law Graduate Student Conference. The event, organized by graduate students, draws students from across Canada and around the world for several days of vigorous, but friendly, intellectual exchange.