UBC Student Nest: 28 things to do at the new Student Union Building

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Bird Construction was the construction manager for the AMS Student Nest at the University of British Columbia, a new five storey, mixed-use building sandwiched between the existing student union building and the new alumni building. 



“This place is utterly insane… I didn’t think it would be so big inside, and the level of thought and detail put into designing this place really shows,” said second year Arts student Dakota Whitney upon walking into the UBC Student Nest, the new AMS Student Union Building (SUB).

‘Awestruck’ is probably an appropriate word to describe students who are checking out the new facilities for the first time on this first day of school.

The $107-million Student Nest, 250,000-square-foot building had a soft opening in early-June, but at the time only roughly half of the food options and businesses were open and crews were still working on finishing the interior.

This is the largest building to be built on campus since the 2008 completion of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, which quickly became the new hub for academic and social life on campus. The new building is roughly 50 per cent larger than the old SUB, which will be repurposed for other academic and student life uses.

The old SUB built in the 1960s has outgrown the campus population’s rapidly growing needs. Entering into the new school year, UBC now has nearly 61,000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 17,500 faculty and staff.

“It’s a huge leap from the old AMS building next door,” said third year Science student Matthew Jing. “I’m particularly impressed with the new stores and food options that are in here [and] the additional places to study and just chill, we really needed that on campus.”

The building’s spaces revolve around a large, airy multi-storey atrium, with a bird’s nest-shaped space and lounge suspended high over the shopping mall-like lower floor concourse. Extensive wood is used throughout the building, coupled with green designs and technology that have allowed it to achieve a LEED Platinum certification – the highest green building rating in North America.

There are eight AMS-operated eateries, a new Pit Pub and 11 privately operated retailers, in addition to all the other student and activity spaces scattered across the building.

Here is a rundown of what you can find and do inside the new student union building:

Relax on the bean bag and couches on the Bird Nest in the atrium.


Sit on these giant steps, a part of the new knoll.


Go indoor rock climbing on the three-storey Aviary rock climbing wall.


Study, eat or people watch from one of many seating areas on the main floor.


Get your studying on at one of these studying areas.



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