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Seeing people around campus carrying GSS tote bags? Or maybe you've seen someone sporting a GSS hat or sunglasses on the bus, and wondered how you can get some of this swag. The good news is that you too can get your hands on some GSS swags — and that too for free!


Fill the form below and enter a swag giveaway contest. We'll be doing weekly draws! Also follow us on Instagram (@ubcgss) to learn about more opportunities to win swag. 

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Stay safe at night with a nifty little pocket light!


They say you aren't a true Vancouverite without your trusty tote bag. Grab an eco-friendly one at the GSS.


Want to take old-school notes, not on your laptop? We have you covered with our sleek, minimalist notebooks, complete with a sturdy metal spine and a GSS brand pen!


When it's sunny, it's super sunny. Stay shaded with a baseball hat while repping GSS and your grad family.


Enjoy your toasty or chilly drinks with a gorgeous dyed mug or covered cup.


Our vintage-style sunglasses feature a subtle logo on the sides so you can rep the GSS on sunny Vancouver days!

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GSS Weekly Newsletter – September 8th, 2023

GSS Weekly Newsletter - September 8th, 2023

The Graduate Student Society (GSS) is run by and for the 10,000 graduate students at UBC Vancouver. We promote and protect our members’ academic, social and cultural interests.

Thea Koerner House, the home of the Society, has been the centre of graduate student life on campus since it was opened in 1962.

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GSS Orientation 2023: Events Schedule

Get all events schedule in PDF file!

Summer Subsidy Program

This summer, the GSS is encouraging graduate students to enjoy the sun and get out into nature! Our Summer Subsidy Program allows UBC graduate students to get a reimbursement on their tickets to visit the Capilano suspension bridge near the city.  
You can get a 50% reimbursement on ONE Student Ticket or Student BC Annual Pass purchased during the month of September. Enjoy the beauty of BC’s landscape at an affordable student rate!
  • Offer available to UBC Vancouver graduate students ONLY
  • Students are eligible to be reimbursed for ONE Student 18+ Years Capilano Suspension Bridge Park ticket OR ONE BC Annual Pass Student 18+ Years Ticket. If a regular Adult (18-64 years) ticket is purchased you will be reimbursed 50% of the cost of a single Student ticket, not the regular Adult ticket.
  • Students can only receive one reimbursement of a single ticket for the duration of this subsidy.
  • Tickets must be purchased from September 1st to September 30th to be eligible. 
  • Receipts can be submitted from September 1st to October 31st. Receipts submitted November 1st or later will not be reimbursed.
How to Claim Your Reimbursement
  • Be a current UBC Graduate Student at the Vancouver Campus
  • Submit a copy of your UBC Student Card
  • Submit a copy of your itemized receipt (must show the same name as your Student Card)
  • Send your submission to us via this form by October 31st, 2023.
  • Receipts submitted in September will be reimbursed by the end of October. Receipts submitted in October will be reimbursed by the end of November.

President’s Note

2023 President's Letter

Dear Incoming Graduate Students, 

Welcome to the University of British Columbia (UBC) and congratulations on your acceptance to this prestigious university! You have worked tirelessly to get here, and all the hard work has finally paid off. You are now a student at one of the topmost universities in the world, a place where academic excellence meets boundless opportunity. 

As the President of Graduate Student Society (GSS) of UBC Vancouver, it is an honour to introduce you to the GSS. The GSS is run by and for the over 10,000 graduate students here at UBC. We have full-time staff, part-time staff and elected executives all working hard to advocate for and promote the academic, social and cultural interests of all Graduate Students. From engaging networking events to enlightening workshops, from uplifting social gatherings to impactful community initiatives, we are here to enrich your academic journey and foster an atmosphere where you can flourish. We are here to support you and create a sense of belonging that extends beyond the walls of our lecture halls and labs. 

Graduate school can be both intellectually rewarding and occasionally challenging but remember that you are not alone on this path. Surround yourself with peers who inspire you, mentors who guide you, and colleagues who share your passions. Engage in meaningful conversations, seek out opportunities for collaboration, and remember that some of the most valuable insights often emerge from discussions and interactions outside the classroom. Your journey at UBC may not always be easy. There will be highs to celebrate, but there may also be lows to bounce back from. During these highs and lows, and for everything in between, you can turn to the GSS. 

At the GSS, we organize monthly games nights and several events. Seize such opportunities to network widely. Attend departmental events, workshops, and seminars to connect with fellow students and faculty members. Engage in community outreach initiatives by participating in clubs and departmental outreach initiatives. In short: embrace the power of community and collaboration. 

As is my custom, I would like to leave with you a quote that I love: It takes a village to move a mountain. This proverb emphasizes the power of collaboration and teamwork, illustrating that even seemingly impossible tasks can be achieved when people come together and work collectively towards a common goal.  

Remember, your journey through graduate school is not just about the knowledge you gain but also about the relationships you build and the collaborative efforts you undertake. Welcome to UBC, and I wish you all the best on your exciting academic adventure! 


Warm regards, 

Sam Kenston 

President, UBC Graduate Student Society 

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