In response to the ongoing provincial BC's Restart Plan, we will modify the measures, rules and provisions in compliance with the Plan for the year 2021/2022. Please visit this page closer to Fall 2021 for the relevant health and safety practices implemented at our residence. 

Health and safety remains our top priority. We will continue to provide the services and amenities that align with guidance from health authorities. Please bear in mind that we may have to adjust our services and amenities on an ongoing basis, often on short notice, to align with public health authorities. Changes will be reflected on, but not limited to, this webpage, signage around the building, notices to students via email and verbal instruction from Carey staff. For more information on our recent enhanced measures in our facilities, please see tab “COVID-19 Residence Facilities Measures”.

For contractually agreed rules in place for our residents, please see tab “Health & Safety Rules for Residents” and an excerpt added to all residents’ contract in response to the COVID-19 provincial emergency. We thank everyone for their diligent, responsible efforts in keeping our environment safe, healthy and supportive.

Last updated: September 26, 2021


  1. Deep and more frequent cleaning of high touch points in residence facilities.
  2. Plexiglass installed between the service counters and staff.
  3. Additional health and safety signage throughout the building reminding residents, staff and visitors to adhere to our protocols. Signage includes, but not limited to: maximum occupancy, designated entrances/exit, designated waiting line spots, hand washing, 2m physical distancing, mask wearing.
  4. Recommendation of wearing face masks in all common areas other than designated dining area.
  5. Recommendation of maintaining physical distancing, especially when face mask wearing is not possible. As Vancouver Coastal Health reminds us, they “are recommending physical distancing as one of the ways to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. At this time, there are no public health orders enforcing physical distancing.”
  6. Health and safety rules in effect. Each resident signs a compulsory resident contract that includes their responsibility and participation in keeping our residence safe. Failure to follow through may result in residence standard action and/or termination of the residence contract and eviction from the residence.
  7. Additional general measures taken throughout our buildings and accommodations can be found here:


  1. Self-serve hand sanitizing and surface cleaning station
  2. Separate entrance and exit.
  3. No self-serve option at the cafeteria. All food, beverages and utensils will be provided over-the-counter.
  4. Take-out option available with container provided. Residents may transfer plated food into their own container, but no personal container will be accepted by the staff to avoid cross contamination.
  5. Face mask and gloves worn by food serving staff.
  6. Seating area and tray return station restructured to ensure physical distancing and safe occupancy level.


  1. Self-serve hand sanitizing and surface cleaning station.
  2. Mandatory wearing of face masks.
  3. Restricted access to long-term stay only.


  1. Self-serve hand sanitizing and surface cleaning station.
  2. Clear signage with guidelines for use of spaces.
  3. Mandatory wearing of face masks.
  4. Room formations restricted to specific table and chair settings to ensure physical distancing and safe occupancy level.
  5. Increased access to unused meeting spaces in the building for residents to enjoy a more spacious living environment and promote adequate physical distancing.


  1. Access limited to Resident Assistants with Food Safe certification.


  1. Maximum occupancy of two people to maintain physical distancing.
  2. Hand sanitizer stationed near the entrance of each elevator door.


  1. Room equipped with add-on features (mini-fridge, TV with cable) prior to move in date to minimize staff entry during the stay of the resident and promote physical distancing.
  2. Unit Condition Checklist completed prior to move in date to minimize staff entry during the stay of the resident and promote physical distancing.
  3. In each room, a reminder notice to conduct daily self-assessment with QR code and link to the BC COVID-19 self-assessment tool.


  1. Staggered and extended move-in time slot to promote physical distancing.
  2. Mandatory health and safety orientation for both new and returning students.
  3. Staggered orientations in smaller groups to promote physical distancing and in compliance with maximum occupancy.
  4. Online alternative option to residence events at the discretion of the Dean of Residence.
  5. Consensus and signed COVID-19 Special Provision agreement among all residents.
  6. Gift of one reusable, non-medical Carey face mask to each resident.

The above is subject to change, often on short notice, to align with public health authorities.


For additional information related to applications for Carey's UBC Residence and community living standards and expectations, please contact our office at

604.225.5920 or email