Orientation: Early Start Program

New to the College? Get an Early Start.

Are you new to St. John’s College? Make sure you sign up for our unique orientation, the Early Start Program. The program is offered free of charge; the only cost to you is to cover your room and meal plan fees.  This program will introduce you to your new home at UBC and the unique community of St. John’s College.

Dates: August 20 – 31, 2024

Early Start Orientation Schedule **this is from 2023, stay tuned for the 2024 schedule!

Early Start Activities Brochure 2023

Cost: $60 per night + meals (approximately $25 per day). 

Room fees:  The entire Early Start room fees are due by July 24, 2024. Your early arrival is not confirmed until payment has been made.  For example, if you are arriving on August 20, then your room fees will be 12 days x $60  = $720 due by July 24, 2024.

You will pay a pro-rated monthly meal plan that is payable upon arrival to our meal plan provider, SJC Culinary Service (you will receive an invoice in your physical mail box when you arrive).

Registration: Please see sign-up form below.

About the Program

St. John’s College has built a caring and inclusive community that is committed to fostering an atmosphere of intercultural understanding and international exchange. See our Mission Statement.

SJC is your new home and we want you to enjoy the safety and care this community can give you. We want you to develop the skills needed for success in your studies at UBC by becoming engaged members of this special community. It is also our hope that your time with us will help equip you for success as you journey through life carrying the Johannean spirit with you.

We are offering new residents the chance to get an early start with our orientation program – access to helpful resources, fun activities and informative workshops. Get to know SJC, UBC and Vancouver!


To be eligible for the SJC Early Start Orientation program, you must have received an offer of residency at St. John’s College and be registered full-time graduate student.

The program is full of activities, sessions, and resources that we have thoughtfully curated for you based on your interests and needs. 

To ensure your participation in this program, we recommend securing your spot by as soon as possible. If you missed the registration period, please feel free to contact  sjc.membership@ubc.ca for further assistance.

The program itself is free. You pay for room and most meals. That’s it. That’s all. That is how important we feel getting an early start into the SJC community is for our new residents.

What you will pay:
$60 per night for room rental (plus cost of meals)

After you register for early start program, we will contact you to obtain your credit card information for processing the Early Start room fees, This will secure your spot in the program.

Yes, when you register for the Early Start Program, the room you are assigned will be the same room you will have for the 2024/2025 contract period.

Check out our Flickr page to view resident rooms!


SJC Early Start Orientation - August 20 - 31, 2024

The Early Start Orientation Program is for new residents to the College and is designed to introduce you to our community, the UBC campus, and Vancouver. The program is designed by both the SJC Office and fellow residents and will include many fun social activities as well helpful workshops. It's a great way to enjoy your new home before the start of term.

The cost of the program is $60/night and inclusion in the meal plan is mandatory. The fees for the meal plan during Early Start will be at a pro-rated monthly rate based on your arrival, Signing the meal plan agreement will be due upon arrival. You will be given a room assignment prior to your arrival and this will be the same room you will stay in for the Early Start program and for September 1 to August 15, 2024 during your residence contract. In other words, you will stay in the same room you arrive early to!

Payment for the Early Start program is $60/night payable by credit card.

Please note our booking system can only accept Visa or MasterCard and not Visa Debit, MasterCard Debit or American Express.

  • Please provide a phone number that you can be contacted regarding payment. The College does not have a toll-free number available. Payment will need to be received upon reservation by Visa or MasterCard to secure your spot. We understand that sometimes plans change when traveling internationally. If changes should occur for you that will require a refund, this will take 4-6 weeks to process.
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