UBC currently has some of the city's prime apartment rentals

Sep 10 2020, 10:54 am

During the ongoing pandemic, many are realizing the impact their living space has on their productivity and mood. Living in space filled with natural light could inspire more creativity than a basement suite. Finding a home near the water could lead to more peaceful evenings and space to explore.

At Westpoint, on Walter Gage Road at UBC, bright and spacious rental apartments are currently listed with Bastion Development. But these North Campus units are not limited to students — anyone can lease them.

Living in this quiet Vancouver residential area just steps from UBC’s best amenities is an option for those who desire a beautiful rental space with access to nature beyond their doorstep.

When it comes to spending a day at the beach, there are plenty of options if Westpoint is your home base. For example, it takes just 13 minutes to drive to Kitsilano Beach compared with a 32-minute drive if you live in Burnaby or almost 50 minutes from Coquitlam.

Spanish Banks is even closer with a seven-minute drive time. But the beauty of living at Westpoint is that residents don’t have to hop in the car if they don’t want to because there are beaches within walking distance of the UBC campus, including Tower Beach and Acadia Beach.

Wreck Beach, a famed spot for majestic sunsets over the water (and steps up to Northwest Marine Drive that double-up as a workout), is a short 20-minute walk from the Westpoint apartment building.

Meanwhile, driving downtown for work or socially-distanced dinners takes just 15 minutes. There’s also the easy option of taking the bus; the UBC Bus Loop is a five-minute walk away. With 15 bus routes that link to Metro Vancouver’s municipalities, plus Evo Car Share and bike-sharing programs on-site at UBC, it’s easy to get to where you need to be.


Westpoint residents are not limited to at-home workouts during the pandemic and beyond. The UBC Recreation Centre is a short three-minute walk away, UBC Aquatic Centre is open for swim sessions year-round, and Pacific Spirit Regional Park has an extensive trail network for lush walks through the forest — not forgetting the scenic Foreshore Trail.

Getting active also extends to walking around the stunning UBC Rose Garden, which boasts mountain and ocean vistas. The nearby Museum of Anthropology provides you with the opportunity to learn about culture and discover artifacts on a guided walking tour. Another option is to catch a show at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, which is located right in the UBC neighbourhood.

For nights in, residents can pick up the essentials to cook up a storm at the local Save-On-Foods, Grocery Checkout Fresh Market, and Rain or Shine Ice Cream (for dessert). The nearby Bao Down, Tacomio, Jamjar, Body Energy Club, and Browns Crafthouse (coming soon!) are wonderful options for dining-in or ordering takeout.


Great Dane Coffee Shop is located right in the Westpoint building, where residents can place orders for pickup or find a spot on the outdoor patio with a fireplace. Stop by and enjoy a coffee, delectable pastry, or a hearty sandwich while doing some work (yes, there’s free WiFi).

The open-concept rental apartments comprise studios, one-, two-, and four-bedroom units. Prospective residents can take in breathtaking views of the ocean or the mountains (depending on the apartment they choose).

All ground-floor units have private entrances and terraces (your own personal outdoor space), and residents of these homes are permitted to have pets. Westpoint residents also have access to free bike storage, secure underground parking, and storage lockers.

Living at UBC allows you to immerse yourself in nature and rediscover Vancouver through a new lens — with sublime views. If you’re interested in learning about the rental incentives that could benefit you at Westpoint, head to bastion.ca/residential-leasing, call 604-731-3500, or email [email protected]

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