Plan Your Stay

Set yourself up for success with a solid plan

What are the critical elements to setting up a great self-isolation plan?
1. Understand the rules and prepare to abide by them.
2. Make sure you have appropriate accommodations as well as access to food.
3. Create a self-care plan to maintain your physical and mental health.

This website is packed with resources to help you do it all! If you are self-isolating due to travel, you’ll need to follow the federal rules (Government of Canada). Otherwise, you’ll be following the provincial rules (British Columbia). If you have questions or require additional support, we’re here to help


Travel, testing and quarantine (self-isolation) regulations may change frequently as a result of the global response to COVID-19. Before making travel plans and prior to travelling, be sure to review UBC’s Travelling to Canada Guide.

Please note that as per our COVID-19 Residence Rules, residents travelling to live in UBC Student Housing are not permitted to quarantine (or self-isolate) in a shared living environment.

In other words, if you are moving into or returning to a shared suite, that cannot be your quarantine plan. If you are moving into a room (single, connected-single, shared) in Orchard Commons, Place Vanier or Totem Park, that cannot be your quarantine plan.


Carefully review UBC’s Travelling to Canada guide to find out what is required of you as you prepare to travel to Canada.

Importantly, students travelling to live in UBC Student Housing cannot self-isolate in a shared unit. This includes any space that shares a washroom and/or kitchen with another student, but excludes student family housing, a studio or a one-bedroom unit.

Use the resources on this website to create a self-isolation plan that includes accommodation, food and self-care.


Self-Isolation | Provincial Rules

If you are a contact of a confirmed case, a member of the provincial public health team will contact you to let you know you may have been exposed.

If you have symptoms, you will be sent for testing and provided with next steps based on results. If you do not have symptoms, you will be asked to self-monitor for symptoms, which includes self-isolation if you are not fully vaccinated.

Learn more about contract tracing and self-isolating in British Columbia. 

UBC Student Housing residents living in a shared unit who need to self-isolate must contact their Residence Life Manager. A shared unit includes any space that shares a washroom and/or kitchen with another student, but excludes student family housing, a studio or a one-bedroom unit. 

Learn more about your self-isolation accommodation options.

Do’s and Don’ts (for people who may have been exposed but do not have symptoms):

  • Stay at home. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, do not use public transport or taxis.
  • Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer often.
  • Reach out to friends or relatives if you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication. Alternatively, you can order groceries and medication by phone or online.
  • Do not have visitors in your home except if they are providing care or delivering goods and supplies, and in that case, maintain a distance of 2 metres.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces.

If you are self-isolating on-campus through one of the packages offered by Conferences and Accommodation or within your student residence:

  • You are prohibited from accessing or using shared residence facilities, including but not limited to laundry rooms, fitness rooms, study spaces, etc.
  • If you open the door of your self-isolation accommodation (e.g. to retrieve groceries or meals) you must wash your hands immediately before doing so, and wear a face covering at all times.
  • Maintain two metres distance and avoid physical contact with others.
  • A resident in self-isolation is not permitted to have guests or visit others.
  • You must wear an appropriate mask when in shared spaces like elevators and hallways inside buildings on residence property. 

Self-isolating Due to Illness

Provincial health authorities – not UBC – are in charge of managing the spread of COVID-19 as it relates to suspected or confirmed case. If your public health authority has directed you to self-isolate and you are unable to self-isolate in your own accommodation, you must self-isolate elsewhere. UBC offers on-campus self-isolation packages here

Visit the BC Centre for Disease Control website for more information. Key content: If you are Sick and Isolation if you are Ill.

If you are feeling ill, are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (such as fever, dry cough, difficulty breathing, or lack of taste or smell), or think you may have come into contact with someone with COVID-19, follow these steps:

  1. Stay home and and do not go to work, school or public places, and do not use public transit, taxis or ride shares. 
  2. Check your symptoms.
  3. Use this self-assessment tool to determine your next steps (be that visiting a clinic, testing facility, emergency department, etc). Testing is recommended for anyone with cold-, flu- or COVID-19-like symptoms – even mild ones.
  4. Need to be tested for COVID-19? Learn more about the process here. Testing is available at the locations indicated on the British Columbia COVID-19 Collection Centres webpage.
  5. Stay home until your test results come back, and get help from friends and family if you require food, medication, or have other needs. If you are a resident in UBC Student Housing, contact your Residence Life Manager to alert them of your situation, and they will outline supports for you.
  6. If you test positive, public health will get in touch and give you instructions on how to self-isolate.

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