Surviving Life as a Graduate Student: Exploring Vancouver and Beyond

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UBC Graduate Students share with you the Vancouver they know... neighbourhoods, services, arts and recreation opportunities and favourite places to go and things to do. Get to know your new city!

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Surviving Life as a Graduate Student: Exploring Vancouver and Beyond

  1. SURVIVING LIFE AS A GRADUATE STUDENT: EXPLORING VANCOUVER AND BEYOND Laura Dale, MSc Student Alden Blair, PhD Candidate
  2. PRESENTATION OVERVIEW 1. UBC life 2. Getting Around Vancouver 3. Neighborhoods and places to go 4. Getting Away from Vancouver 5. Events 6. Questions
  3.  Beaty Biodiversity Center  Museum of Anthropology  UBC Rec.  Botanical Gardens  UBC Farm  Gyms  Pools  Student Theater and Music UBC: YOUR HOME FOR THE NEXT 2-8 YEARS
  4. GETTING AROUND VANCOUVER Bus: Pick up your UBC bus-pass every month at the book store (you’ve already paid for it) SkyTrain: Works with U-pass Driving: Car share programs abound: Car2Go, ZipCar, Modo Shuttles: to Whistler, Victoria, Seattle, etc Ferries: Bus or bike and walk-on for cheaper service Seaplanes: more expensive but have student discounts Biking: You can bike everywhere in Vancouver
  5. • Biking is the great way to get around • Bikes are treated like cars: do not bike on sidewalks • Helmets are required:  you can be fined $100 for not wearing your helmet! • Bike maps are available online:  https://vancouver.ca/files/cov/map-cycling-vancouver.pdf • Lock your bike with a good lock. • Register your bike: http://www.bikerevolution.ca/ • Used Bikes range between $150-$600 dollars  Buy them during the winter off season! GETTING AROUND: BICYCLING
  6. AROUND VANCOUVER: NEIGHBORHOODS
  7. • Kitsilano and Point Grey: Beaches, single family houses, “old hippies and young yuppies” and grad students in basements • Spanish Banks: volleyball, picnics, swimming • Jericho Beach Sailing Club: UBC sailing club, food, tennis • Kits beach and pool (130 meters!) : swimming, everyone in the summer • Lots of yoga studios AROUND VANCOUVER: NEIGHBORHOODS
  8. • Granville Island: food market, Emily Carr Art School, Art exhibits, whale watching tourists AROUND VANCOUVER: NEIGHBORHOODS
  9. The West End Stanley Park AROUND VANCOUVER: NEIGHBORHOODS Granville Street
  10. Gastown, Chinatown: • Water Front Station • Hip restaurants and bars • Cruise ships • Transitional neighborhood AROUND VANCOUVER: NEIGHBORHOODS
  11. • Commercial Drive: affordable eats and drinks, small crafty shops, markets, coffee shops, hipsters, gelato AROUND VANCOUVER: NEIGHBORHOODS
  12. Grouse Mountain: Skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, the Grouse Grind, Bears Cypress Mountain: Skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, trail running Deep Cove: Kayaking, hiking, restaurants Lynn Canyon Park: Waterfalls, trail running, hiking, Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge *The Capilano Suspension Bridge is not worth the cost! Lynn Valley is free! Bowen Island: Cute island community, crafts, hiking, bicycling GETTING AWAY: AFTERNOONS OR DAY TRIPS
  13. Victoria, Vancouver Island Tofino, Vancouver Island: Amazing surfing, hot springs, hiking Saltspring Island: Small ‘crunchy’ island community Whistler and Blackcomb: skiing, mountain biking, trail running, resorts, camping Squamish: skiing, mountain biking, trail running, camping Okanagan: camping and wine tasting Seattle, USA: Art, music, coffee, markets [if you plan on going to the US a lot consider getting a NEXUS pass] GETTING AWAY: FURTHER AWAY
  14. VANCOUVER IS… EXPENSIVE! FOOD AND DRINKS Food and groceries in Vancouver: • Wholefoods/Capers and Choices: $$$$ • Safeway: $$$ • Local grocery stores: $$ • Save-on-foods: $ • No-Frills: $ • Costco (bulk): $ • Farmers Markets: $ - $$$$ On the plus side they cater to all your dietary needs • Gluten free, vegan, no-nightshades, vegetarian, soy-free, lots of bacon • Ethnic food stores abound: http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2010/09/18/best-ethnic-grocery- stores-in-vancouver-chefs-choices/
  15. VANCOUVER IS… ACTIVE! Races: • http://runcouver.com/races/ • http://www.events.runningroom.com/ • http://cyclingbc.net/ Running groups: Join at any Running Room or Forerunners Yoga: more studios than you can count. Check online for deals, styles, and discounts
  16. VANCOUVER IS… FULL OF STUFF TO DO! Science World: dorky but fun Vancouver Film Fest Sports Teams: Lions, Whitecaps, Canucks Vancouver Art Gallery Vancouver Aquarium Christmas Markets Car-free Days VanDusen Botanical Gardens Vancouver Public Library Late night study sessions… Kits Pool: 130 yards & outdoors!
  17. CHECK LIST: 1.Umbrella 2.Waterproof laptop case 3.Change of socks 4.Bright desk lamp 5.U-Pass 6.A happy plant VANCOUVER IS… WET SURVIVAL GEAR
  18. GRADUATE SCHOOL IS HARD… BUT LIVING IN VANCOUVER MAKES UP FOR IT.

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