Though varsity sports are still growing in popularity on campus, they are a great way to spend an evening with friends and hang out with the die-hard sports fans on campus. UBC Athletics has also been upping their game on overall varsity hype, so don’t be surprised if there is a t-shirt launcher or half-time fan activities at the games.
What’s more, UBC has some of the best teams in the country in its midst, including:
Women’s field hockey: six-time reigning national champions
Women’s soccer: USport silver medalist last season
Men’s track: NAIA reigning champions
Men’s and women’s volleyball: 4th place and 1st place at the 2016/17 USport championships respectively
Teams not to miss out on: volleyball, basketball, football and soccer. If you are looking for game hype, check out volleyball and basketball for sure — guaranteed great crowd at those games. And, of course, the big games for all Thunderbirds: Homecoming (football), the Winter Classic (hockey), and Courtside (basketball). Get your tickets, and join T-Birds’ nation to watch the games.
Hit up team sports at UBC Rec Intramurals: UBC Rec puts on intramural leagues each term ranging from soccer to dodgeball to volleyball. Make a team with your floor, your friends, your classmates, or sign up as an individual and dive right in to meeting some new people! If anything, it’s a chance to get an entertaining team jersey.
Hit the pool at the Aquatic Centre: The UBC Aquatic Centre just reopened its doors and it’s all shiny and new. They have a drop-in schedule, but also offer fitness classes including swim fit, aqua zumba and a springboard diving class.
Hit the yoga mat: A stereotypical Vancouverite pastime: yoga. There is a lot of it around campus, from the UBC Yoga Club to UBC Recreations’ Mind & Body Program held in the Ponderosa Commons Studio (unlimited yoga & pilates passes now available) to The Hot Box Yoga in Wesbrook Village.
Hit the gym: For those hoping to keep to their own workout routines, head to the gym in your residence or visit the BirdCoop for a communal gym experience. Weights and treadmills are all included. There are off-campus gyms that might be better, but the BirdCoop is the cheapest option.
Hit up clubs on campus: Hoping to try something new while at UBC? Check out the various clubs on campus for a plethora of options including: ballroom dancing, surfing, running, rock climbing and sailing. Scope them out on Facebook or visit AMS Clubhouse online to see what UBC has going on recreation wise.