Student Life Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Student Life and Student Union Society?
Student Life is a department of UFV. The Student Union Society is a non-profit organization that operates in close cooperation with, but independent of the University. SUS is the sole official representative of the student body. They collect fees and disburse them back to students, in this case in the form of funding for clubs and associations. The Student Union Society is also responsible for distributing the U-Pass to UFV registered students.

How can Student Life help with marketing?
If you would like your event to appear on UFV lab screens, send your request to at least two weeks prior to the event date. Priority will be given to Student Life and student organization announcements. Be sure to include event details along with date/location/campus. Postings are done on a first come first served basis. There is not a lot of space on the screens so get your information in early. Student Life is eager to help make your event a success.

Work study positions

All UFV Student Life work study positions are available through CareerLink. Work study positions will be posted on CareerLink from the first day of classes of each semester until the positions are filled. Learn more...

Our work-study positions include Engagement Assistants, Co-Curricular Record Assistant, Orientation Assistant, Creative Visual Assistant, Standout Magazine Assistant, and Print Communications Assistant. These are excellent opportunitiesto get involved with Student Life, build student community on campus, and develop your leadership skills.

Where is the lost and found?
If you lose an item in University House check out the lost and found box in the Student Lounge (F124) or see the Front Desk. If you lose an item outside of University House or an item of high value [phone, ipod, computer...], please see Security located in B120a or call Security at 604-768-0279.

How do I keep up with Student Life events happening on campus?
Sign up for Student Life's monthly e-newsletter - UConnect
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What is University House?
University House (UHouse) is located in building F on the Abbotsford campus. UHouse is designed to create a sense of place and belonging where students feel safe, comfortable and connected with familiar persons and reliable services that provide a supportive base in their daily lives on campus. Students can gather to relax, study, have a snack, participate in planned activities, meet classmates or obtain information about campus resources.

What amenities are available at University House (Abbotsford)?
University House maintains a full kitchen (including stove/oven, fridge, microwave, dish washer), air hockey table, foosball table, ping-pong, and a student lounge with couches, tables and chairs. The student lounge is always available to students therefore it cannot be booked for specific groups. The clubs room (F110) can be booked by student groups to hold meetings or events; and has full media capabilities including cable television, projector, sound system, PC/laptop hookup and large screen.

What amenities are available at the Chilliwack office?
The Chilliwack office maintains a kitchen (including dishes, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, kettle), pool table, and a student lounge with tv, couches, tables and chairs. The lounge space is always available to all students and therefore it cannot be booked for specific groups. The student lounge is located on level zero, room number A0014 at Canada Education Park.

Where do I get ping-pong paddles and balls?
Ping-pong tables are located on the patio for use during regular UHouse hours and outside the student lounge in Chilliwack. Students can sign out paddles at the Front Desk by leaving a form of identification. Ping-pong balls can be purchased for 25 cents and can be kept for future use.

How do I book a room/space on campus? 
Room bookings can be made by any current student organization by contacting the Student Union Socitey. 

What equipment is available for booking through Student Life?
Student Life will no longer be booking/renting out any equipment. 

What is a Student Life Ambassador?
Student Life Ambassadors are the heart and soul of Student Life at UFV. They are enthusiastic volunteers that go out of their way to help welcome new students to UFV while being proud representatives of our university. During New Student Orientation, ambassadors are responsible for touring new students around campus and answering questions as part of a student panel as well as in casual conversations with new members to our community.

How do I become an Ambassador?
Each spring, Student Life recruits students to become Ambassador. The following criteria must be met if you would like to become a UFV Ambassador:

  • Be a current UFV Student or Alumni
  • Be motivated
  • Be committed to a minimum of 10 hours per semester
  • Attend one two- hour training session per semester
  • Email with your contact information and availability for NSO and training

For more information, visit the Student Life Ambassador webpage.

How do I access Food Bank services on campus?
Hampers are intended to provide food in emergency situations. Please contact Student Union Society for further information and access to the UFV Food Room.

How can I build my leadership skills?
There are many opportunities through Student Life and other areas on campus to build your leadership skills.
UFV Connects Mentor 
Leadership Training
International Student Leaders
Positions on Senate
Positions on Board of Governors
Positions on Student Union Society
Residence Assistants
Supported Learning Group Leaders

What is the Coast Capital Student Leadership Institute?
Student Life's Coast Capital Leadership Institute offers a variety of opportunities for students to build and strengthen leadership skills as well as network with others. Students can take part in the Student Leadership Challenge, conferences which are provided each semester andan annual leadership retreat. The following is further information about each of these opportunities:

  • The Student Leadership Challenge: The Student Leadership Challenge is all about
    “how student leaders mobilize each other to want to get extraordinary things done”.
    It will outline how to develop and strengthen effective leadership skills along with
    ways to model these skills and be a successful leader. This program includes
    self-reflection in addition to interactive workshops and is based on over 25 years
    of research.
  • Leadership Conferences: Conferences are provided once a semester for all UFV
    students and alumni. These conferences have a variety of themes that build
    leadership skills and provide networking opportunities.
  • Annual Student Leadership Retreat: The annual Student Leadership Retreat is an
    opportunity for all UFV students to engage in a three-day retreat to strengthen a
    variety of leadership skills, hear from keynote speakers, and enjoy outdoor personal
    and teambuilding activities.

This initiative is generously funded by Coast Capital Savings. For more information visit: the Leadership page and/or email

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