The Commons


The new Commons building at UBC Okanagan is a significant addition to the campus environment and will be an influential part of the student, faculty, staff, and visitor experience on the campus. Following extensive student consultation and a successful student-led referendum, the Okanagan student body committed to funding approximately a third of the project up to $10m.

Originally named the Teaching and Learning Centre, the building was proposed as an addition to the current Library building to create a new multipurpose facility. The first 400-seat classroom on campus, informal learning/collaborative study areas, a digital design lab, graduate student commons, and digital visualization space are some of the unique features of the Commons building.

The completion of the building will significantly address the critical need for additional learning and study spaces on the UBC Okanagan campus, alleviate library overcrowding, and   support dynamic and technology-enhanced programming.

Targeting LEED Gold certification, the Commons will be a signature building on University Way and contribute state-of-the-art facilities to the rapidly developing UBC Okanagan campus.

The Commons At a Glance

Students for Students

Since 1915, students have been creating exceptional learning and recreation spaces for students at UBC through successful fundraising, fueled by commitment to a better future. The Commons has been generously funded by students (approximately a third of the project up to $10m) and will provide much-needed, flexible learning and study spaces on the Okanagan campus. The Commons will be a testament now and in the future to the spirit of the class of 2018. Tuum Est!

News and Updates

Construction updates 


If you have questions or feedback about the construction schedule or the impact of construction activity, please contact:

Lois Marshall
UBC Okanagan Library

Natalie Ingram
Campus Operations & Risk Management