Where do I begin? Gage is such an amazing place to live. It is placed in the heart of UBC, close to the Student Union Building, UBC Rec centre, main bus loop, and so much more. Living in Gage has been a great experience for me. I am a transfer student from UBC Okanagan so I was new to campus and Vancouver (much like you guys). I was unsure of which residence to live in, so I decided on Gage based on its location. Walter Gage residence consists of three 17-storey towers, and if you’re lucky you might score a good view! I, however, have a view of the gym and the bus loop, not so lucky.
Since I moved to Gage in September, I knew that I had made the right decision of choosing Gage as my new home. I immediately bonded with my roommates and all of my classes were close to my apartment. It is also very easy to meet people on your floor and in other towers. In the lobby there are tons of places to study and there are always group studies going on. There is also a multimedia room where you can play ping-pong, foosball, play the piano, etc.
Gage is a very diverse place because there are so many international students rooming there. It is so easy to meet people because the Resident Advisors are always planning social activities to meet new people. The socials range from movie night, smoothie night, Carnival, etc. Sometimes, if you’re lucky they even give out free food (like japa-dogs!).
It is a very different experience living away from home but since Gage is for upper-year students there is a more mature crowd. It was also hard to deal with the fact that 6 girls had to share one communal-style washroom. To this day, we have never once had a problem with coordinating our shower times.
I love Gage, I’d recommend it to any transfer students. Let me know if you ever want some advice on residence living. I’ll be happy to help!
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