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Moving to and Living in Vancouver

Family life

For many families, being at Regent is a growth experience for everyone, not just the student. We encourage spouses to attend chapel services (child-care is provided during the Fall and Winter Terms) and community groups on Tuesdays. We also invite families to participate in the Regent Fall Retreat and other social activities.

We also provide tuition benefits for spouses. Spouses can audit up to three classes per year for a $35 registration fee when the student is in full-time studies. Visit the Tuition Discounts page for full details on the tuition benefits.

Regent spouses network

This is a network of students' wives who gather several times each term in different parts of the city to provide fellowship, support, and a variety of practical advice and care. They also organize fun activities and outings. To join this network, please contact the Assistant Dean of Students.

Family community group

We have a special community group for families. The group meets every Tuesday after Chapel worship. Visit the Worship and Community page for details on community groups.

Education of children

The education system in BC has a good reputation and offers a variety of public and private school programs. The BC Ministry of Education provides information on curriculum and goals.

Under certain circumstances, children of Regent students can attend public schools free of charge in most Greater Vancouver school boards. Generally, children can study for free if:

  • your study permit must be for at least one year, AND
  • you are studying in a publicly funded institution*, AND
  • you are in a program leading to a diploma or degree

*However, since Regent is not a publicly funded institution, it is up to each individual school board to decide whether your child can study for free or whether you need pay fees. Please consult the individual school board in your area of residence.

The public school system in the City of Vancouver is administered by the Vancouver School Board. Visit the Vancouver School Board website to find a school near you and learn how to register your child.

You can find a list of all the school boards in the Metro Vancouver area (including Richmond, Surrey, Burnaby, etc) here.

There are Christian schools and other private schools in the Vancouver area. For further information, check the websites of the Federation of Independent School Associations and the Society of Christian Schools in BC.

Parents in BC are also permitted by law to educate their children at home. The BC Home School Association is a good place to start, as well as the home schooling page of the Vancouver School Board.

School-aged children of international students do not need to have their own study permit. However, parents must show the valid study permit of the Regent student when registering their children in elementary or high school. Parents must also demonstrate that they have secured permanent accommodation in Vancouver (proof of address). All children born outside of Canada must register for public school at the Vancouver School Board District Reception and Placement Centre.

Childcare services

There are excellent childcare facilities on the UBC campus for students, faculty, staff, and alumni with children from four months to twelve years of age. However, there is usually a long waiting list. Information regarding these services may be obtained through the UBC Child Care website, or by contacting them by email or phone at 604.822.5343.

Another resource for childcare is the Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre, which lists childcare sources and preschools for Vancouver. Visit their website, or contact them at info@wstcoast.org or 604.709.5661.