The Commons



The Commons building at UBC Okanagan is an influential part of the student, faculty, staff, and visitor experience on the campus.  Described as a “transformative building for UBC Okanagan” by Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal Deborah Buszard, the Commons is a flagship teaching and learning space built to nurture and support student potential at every stage of their academic careers at UBCO.

Originally proposed as an addition to the current Library building to create a new multipurpose facility, the Commons was generously funded by students (approximately a third of the project up to $10m) and is a testament to the spirit of the class of 2018 who were instrumental in the construction of this building.

The Commons offers dynamic teaching and learning spaces for a rapidly developing campus, including a 400-seat classroom, a visualization and emerging media studio, graduate commons, and more than 350 new study and collaborative spaces. With its futuristic, state-of-the-art design, the Commons is anything but common—it is uniquely designed to foster collaboration, scholarly engagement and innovation.

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!

Hours of Operation

6 a.m. to 1 a.m., 7 days a week

News and Updates

The Commons is now open, however, please be aware that there are a number of spaces still evolving and not yet available to the public. Thank you for your patience!

Spaces and Services

Graduate Student Commons – COM 310
Hours: 6 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily

The Graduate Student Commons is a space uniquely designed to foster graduate student collaboration and support the overall academic wellbeing of graduate students on UBC-O’s campus. Located on the top floor of the Commons, these dedicated graduate study spaces help to strengthen a sense of community for graduate students at UBC Okanagan. Filled with natural light and student-centric design, the Graduate Student Commons is an ideal space for individual or group study.

Services & Benefits:

  • Two bookable meeting rooms (4-6 people)
  • Powered workstations
  • Adjustable height tables
  • Dedicated graduate student printer
  • Secure lockers
  • Moveable whiteboards

Printing in the Graduate Commons:

There is a dedicated graduate student printer which uses the QuickPrint system. To use this system, please refer to the online QuickPrint guide.

Accessing  and Booking the Graduate Commons space (COM 310): 

Step 1:

To access the space, you will need to fill in a Request Access Form:

Once you submit the form, a request will be made by the Library for a SALTO card. It takes approximately two weeks for the card to be processed. You will be notified when your card is ready and you may pick it up at the Library service desk on the first floor of the main library building.

For students with existing SALTO’s, you will still be required to submit the form and will be notified once your SALTO is activated for access to the Graduate Commons space.

Step 2:

To book one of the Graduate Student Commons Meeting Rooms:  COM310A & COM310C:

  1. Review and accept the Graduate Student Space User Agreement
  2. Log in to and book the appropriate room: COM310A or COM310C

Questions about the Graduate Commons? Please email


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

Lois Marshall
UBC Okanagan Library

Alison Ward
Administrative Assistant
UBC Okanagan Library