Totem Park Residence

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Totem Park Residences
At a glance
Houses: Nine houses: Dene, Haida, Kwakiutl, Nootka, Salish, Shuswap, həm'ləsəm', q'ələχən, c̓əsnaʔəm
Total Number of Students: 1,757
Room Types: Shared double, triple, quadruple, connected single, and single rooms
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Address: 2525 West Mall, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1W9
Totem Park is a residence for first and second year as well as new students. It was primarily constructed between 1964 and 1968. It is made up of eight houses, which with the exception of Shuswap, are co-ed, with alternating men's and women's floors. Shuswap house is currently the only house at Totem with co-ed floors (that is, men and women are allowed to live on the same floor). Each house has six floors.

The Coquihala Common Block is the hub for many residence activities in Totem Park. Coquihala includes the dining room, fitness room, study areas, music room, ball room and after-hours convenience store.


Totem Park Features:

  • Elevators in every house
  • Wired (ethernet) internet access
  • Lounge with TV and snack kitchen
  • Outlet for phone
  • Study area
  • Dining room
  • Fitness room
  • Games room
  • After-hour snack bar/grill at Magda's
  • Musical practice rooms


Totem Park has a cafeteria and is also home to Magda's Convenience Store, an after hours store. The cafeteria closes at 7:30pm on school nights and 7pm on weekends. Magda’s is open until 11:30pm daily. See UBC Food Service's Totem Park page for more info on the dining hall.


In June 2010, UBC began constructing two new residence buildings known as the the Totem Park Residence Infill Project. Construction takes place during normal working hours, 7:30 am to 6 pm and free ear plugs are available from the front desk. The new houses were completed in September 2011. See UBC Housing's Totem Park Project page for more information.


Parking is available for a fee, but the number of spaces are limited and allocated through a lottery system.

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