Insider Tips on the District for Students


The Galleries are free for you.


The Belkin exhibits work from contemporary artists that will challenge you. The Belkin has international traveling exhibitions and has a collection of 4500 works of art showcased in annual exhibitions. They also host free concerts by UBC Contemporary players. Right on main mall!

Grab your bike, or your walking stick and book your group of 5-30 for a free outdoor art tour.

AHVA Gallery (right beside Mercantes!) space serves the Visual Art, Art History and Curatorial Studies programs. Come and find some of the best work there is on campus.  The AHVA students open their studios upstairs twice a year for you to explore.  Also, did we mention free appetizers and free opportunities to wear a nice tux at the free opening receptions? A free date night to take your recently revealed UBC Confessions crush out.


MOA is free for you.


Usually MOA costs $18, but as a student you get in for free. What a steal! With over 48,000 objects, you can see works from all around the world of arts and culture, with a particular focus on Northwest Coast First Nations art. But wait, there is more freeness for all, there are frequently free gallery reception where you’ll often find live music and performers.


UBC Opera is 15 bucks for you.


Canada’s most ambitious student opera company, UBC Opera, puts on performances for you all season at The Chan Centre and The Old Auditorium. Take selfies with the costumed cast at intermission! Also there are awesome opera teas (drink tea and get serenaded on stage) and flash mobs that go down too.


A live performance at UBC Theatre is less than the price of a movie ticket for you.


With a compelling and affordable main stage theatre season, you have no excuse to miss a production.  Catch a show at the Frederic Wood Theatre or Telus Studio and free performances in the Dorothy Somerset Studio at the beginning of the season from the MFA directors. Students in res pay $9.50 and non-res students pay $11.50. Naked Cinema, an original film created fresh every year by theatre and film students, showcases creative storytelling relevant to you. We promise you’ll never be going to the movies again.


CHAN Presents shows are $15 for you. 


Student rush tickets are released 1 week before show for UBC students even if sold out for the public. That’s right. Go to the box office at the Chan Centre, present your student ID and receive a $15 ticket. Performers from all around the world are coming to the Chan Centre and you can get to see them for only $15. From classical, jazz, theatre, world music, opera and even throat singing, take advantage of this opportunity! Outside of  Chan Presents shows, there are shows like Beyond Words, which celebrates the power of storytelling and Chan Connects which incorporates dialogues, film screenings and other events to highlight the role of the artist in society.


School of Music has master classes and performances for you.


  1. The School of Music has many recitals and concerts, almost more performances than there are days in the calendar every year!
  2. Wednesday Noon Hours Shows at the Barnett Hall for five bucks (and sometimes free) featuring renowned musicians and emerging student artists.
  3. Music on the point series is $10 where you can feast on refreshments and conversation afterwards with the musicians.