Student Life

BCIT has amenities, services and opportunities to get involved outside the classroom that will make your time here rich and enjoyable. Whether you are at the Aerospace Technology Campus near the airport, the Marine Campus in North Vancouver, the Downtown Campus, the Annacis Island Campus, or the main campus in Burnaby, you will find what you need:


On becoming a student at BCIT, you're assigned a BCIT e-mail account and on the myBCIT portal, which also gives you secure access to web pages for students: news, classifieds, BCIT policies, contact information, and details about student and campus services.

Clubs and student organizations

You can meet new people and have some fun by joining one of the many clubs or student organizations active at BCIT.

Recreation Clubs
Clubs that are active every term include the Tech Towers Climbing, Chess, Archery and Outdoor clubs.

BCIT Student Association (SA)
The Student Association operates several campus amenities and provides services such as legal advising and ride-matching. You are encouraged to run for executive positions during elections in the Spring of every year.

BCIT Board of Governors
The BCIT Board of Governors has seats for two elected student representatives each year. Board participation is an essential and distinguished opportunity to serve your fellow students and represent them to the key decision makers at BCIT.

Association for Operations Management (APICS)
The APICS BCIT Student Chapter is a student-run organization with members from the two-year Business Operations Management Diploma program and other business students interested in Operations Management. It is affiliated with the Vancouver and Fraser Valley APICS regional chapters. APICS stands for "Advancing Productivity, Innovation and Competitive Success". APICS BCIT aims to provide access to real-world business experience for its members and the BCIT student community as a whole through taking advantage of the wide array of opportunities available to Business Operations Management students.

BCIT Campus Christian Ministries
BCIT Campus Christian Ministries is a student-led club that holds small group meetings and other events on the Burnaby BCIT campus. Our purpose is to build a Christian community that will enhance our relationship with God, care for and encourage fellow believers, and share our experience of Jesus Christ with those around us.

BCIT Finance Association (BCIT FA)
BCIT FA is in its second year of operation to connect finance students to each other and also to potential employers in the finance industry. We focus on Finance & investment aspect of financial management. We also open up your career possibilities by bringing in company overview events from local financial firms, and info sessions from CFA and CFP Institute.

The BCIT Financial Management Association
The Financial Management Association strives to be a representative for Financial Management Students exploring networking opportunities in the Accounting and Finance industries.

BCIT Marketing Association (BCIT MA)
The BCIT MA is an accredited collegiate chapter of the American Marketing Association. In recent years, the BCIT MA has captured numerous awards and recognition internationally at the American Marketing Association's Annual Collegiate Conference.

Enactus (Enactus BCIT - formerly SIFE BCIT) is a national, not-for-profit organization providing and promoting education, training, and instruction on entrepreneurship and the formation and operation of businesses to Canadian youth.

BCIT Real Estate Association (REA)
The BCIT Real Estate Association (REA) is a student run organization passionate about personal development, learning and real estate. Our goal is to facilitate a greater learning opportunity and experience for students through connecting with industry professionals. We strive to be the most professional and organized student club, as well as the leaders for connecting students with industry. The REA will achieve this through networking and guest speaker events, current market knowledge, and high levels of communication through our website and meetings.

BCIT Human Resources Association
The BCIT Human Resources Association is a student organization that takes an interdisciplinary approach to the learning and connecting of BCIT students with industry. They strive to encourage collaboration and knowledge transfer through workshops, volunteer and networking opportunities. Their primary goal is to provide students with exposure to career-enhancing tools that will better equip them for their future in industry.

Business Information Technology Management (BITMAN)
The Business Information Technology Club was created to serve two functions. First to provide a place where first and second year students of the Business Information Technology (BITMAN) diploma program can meet and interact. Second the club is to act as a liaison between the IT industry and club members. All students in the BITMAN program are members. However, membership is not limited to this program. Students from all disciplines can join the BITMAN Club.

The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering
The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering promotes the development, acquisition and exchange of professional knowledge in the field of Civil Engineering. Supportive of the work of academics and private institutions and different organizations that deal with Civil Engineering since 1887 and working with sister organizations, the CSCE also promotes Civil Engineering among the general public and governmental institutions in Canada and abroad.

BCIT Media Club (BCITMC)
The BCIT Media Club (BCITMC) is a group of very ambitious students from BCIT. It is mostly comprised of broadcasting students but is open to anyone on campus who is interested in gaining media knowledge. With a dedicated membership of broadcast students, the BCITMC is able to assist other BCIT Student Association clubs on campus to develop media rapports for their projects; ultimately increasing their awareness, effectiveness and scope. Hands-on work with promotional videos, radio commercials, print articles, press releases, contacting outside media sources and brainstorming branding and marketing strategies will further enhance students' understanding of classroom concepts.

BCIT Skate
The purpose of the club is to teach longboarders of all experience levels proper safety practices and technical skills. Promote alternative mode of transportation and create community involvement originating at BCIT including BCIT students and those who live and work in the area.

Meeting Professionals International
The Professional Convention Management Association strives to deliver superior and innovative education and promote the value of professional convention management. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA represents more than 6,100 meeting industry leaders from 16 chapters in the United States and Canada. Our members include planner professionals, suppliers, faculty and students.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
IEEE Canada is the Canadian arm (as Region 7) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) as well as the constituent society of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) for the technical fields of electrical, electronics, and computer engineering.

The International Business and Global Supply Chain Student Chapter (IBGSC)
The IBGSC student chapter is comprised of first and second year International Business and Global Supply Chain students. We work tirelessly to provide a better learning experience for students through regular industry tours and informal "non-filtered" Q&A events with some of industry's top professionals.

Legacy Club
BCIT Legacy Club is a club formed in order to improve and beautify the BCIT Burnaby campus. We hope to empower and connect students who are willing to put their efforts toward projects that will improve our campus in multiple aspects. All BCIT students and alumni are eligible to be a member of the Legacy Club. The club will raise funds and execute various projects proposed and supported by BCIT students and faculty members in order to improve the campus community for future generations.

International Youth Fellowship (IYF)
IYF has been established to cultivate leaders of the next generation, individuals who possess broadened views of the world and a heart of self-sacrifice. IYF accomplishes this objective by providing Good News Corps (GNC) Overseas Volunteer Program to the students of BCIT.

Maximum Altitude Club
Maximum Altitude is the first Aviation Club at BCIT. Established at the Aerospace Space Campus in December 2010, we strive to promote aviation through related events and gatherings. We welcome all aviation enthusiasts to join and participate in all club events. Moreover, through these events, we hope to share and exchange not only aviation experiences, but also friendship and networking opportunities. We look forward to seeing all you aviation crazed fans!

Mechanical Engineering Student Society
The aim of BCIT Mechanical Engineering Student Society is to foster relationships and bring together mechanical engineering students, faculty and professionals by way of academic, social and recreational events.

Meeting Professionals International BCIT (MPI BCIT)

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the meeting and event industry's most vibrant global community, with over 23,000 members belonging to 71 chapters and clubs worldwide. MPI BCIT represents the student club of the MPI BC Chapter. The purpose of the club is to provide educational and networking opportunities for BCIT students as well as giving back to the community. The aim is to create an environment that connects students through social activities that are fun, creative, challenging, and provide an opportunity to learn and grow as an individual.

Sunrise Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a world-wide not-for-profit organization that helps adults improve their public speaking and leadership skills. BCIT Sunrise Toastmasters can help you become a very good public speaker, presenter, listener, evaluator and meeting leader.

Technically Queer
Technically Queer is for people in BCIT who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirited, intersex, queer and their allies — a group to meet new friends, gather information, help organize activities and events, and help BCIT to embrace all aspects of its diverse community.



At BCIT there are dozens of recreational activities to keep you fit and energized. Through Recreation Services you can join an intermural league, play drop-in sports, spend time on the climbing wall, or make use of the weight machines, free weights and cardio equipment in the Fit Pit.



Program Advising staff help prospective students by providing information on BCIT and its programs through e-mail, by phone and in person. Program Advisors can tell you what you need to know about programs, academic requirements, upgrading, application processes, how to strengthen an application, program costs, trades wait-lists, program start dates, pre-entry testing, entry-level salaries, job placement rates, and more.

Student Health Services operates a regular medical drop-in clinic staffed by physicians and nurses. The fee-for-service physiotherapist is nearby and a psychiatrist is available by referral.

Counselling and Student Development - Feeling down, overwhelmed, uncertain, stressed out? Worried about your grades? Looking for someone to talk with who will really listen? Counselling and Student Development provides professional counselling to support you through the ups and downs of student life and help you achieve your goals. Services are free and confidential. Phone: 604-432-8608.

Harassment and Discrimination - At BCIT, a special advisor provides confidential assistance to students, employees, contractors, or visitors, and helps resolve complaints according to BCIT's policy on harassment and discrimination. Phone: 604-451-6721.

The Disability Resource Centre provides educational support and services for students with learning or visual disabilities, mobility or hearing impairments, or other special needs. Phone: 604-451-6963, e-mail:

Aboriginal Services strives to enhance First Nations participation, retention, and success at BCIT by delivering culturally appropriate services and programs for students of Aboriginal ancestry, including status and non-status people, Métis and Inuit. Phone: 604-432-8474, e-mail:

Student Employment Services (SES) helps students and alumni find work on and off campus through electronic job postings and the annual Careers Fair.

The BCIT ID card is an all-purpose student ID card issued by BCIT and the BCIT Student Association. The card combines identification with on-campus debit privileges (handy at copying machines, etc.) and access to off-campus retail discounts, among other benefits.

The BCIT Library has all the resources you need to achieve your best at BCIT. Your BCIT ID card is also your library card - use it to borrow books, DVDs, videos, a laptop, an iPad, or access online journal articles and ebooks from the library website. The BCIT Library has casual as well as quiet spaces for individual and group study sessions, bookable group study rooms, and computer labs, including the 24/7 ehPod on the first floor of the Burnaby Campus Library. Librarians are available in person, by phone, or email to answer your questions and help you with your research and assignments. Phone: 604-432-8557, e-mail:

The Learning Commons is a combination of space and services, designed to help you succeed at BCIT. Located at the Burnaby Campus Library, the Learning Commons offers:

The BCIT Bookstore is fully stocked with required books, stationery, and other items. The BCIT Bookstore is also online for off-campus shopping. Phone: 604-432-8379, e-mail:

The MediaWorks lab provides assistance with the production and editing of film, video, PowerPoint presentations, overhead transparencies, graphics, slides, use of multimedia software, laminating and video/audio dubbing.

The Stand stores and other retail conveniences are operated under agreement with the BCIT Student Association (SA).

The Career & Student Resource Centre (CSRC) is your one-stop shop for BCITSA services and programs. From Health & Wellness to the BCITSA Student Agenda, the CSRC offers a plethora of useful resources and programs for you to take part in. Visit for more information.

The Link
Working at the bi-weekly student newspaper is fun and helps you to meet new people, but more than that--you'll gain valuable publishing or journalism experience and learn more about your community.

Student Judicial Affairs

BCIT is a learning community committed to providing a safe and civil environment, which is respectful of the rights, responsibilities, well-being and dignity of all its members. Students at BCIT may exercise their individual rights and freedoms subject to the rules, regulations and discipline of the Institute and subject to respect for, and protection of, the rights of other members of the BCIT community. BCIT policies and procedures ensure that all members of the community benefit from the promotion of these values.

Safety and Security

Personal safety and security are top priorities at BCIT, so the Safety and Security department operates many services, including a 24-hour Safer Walk program. The BCIT Student Association supports Campus Crimestoppers.

Student Financial Aid and Awards can help you answer your funding questions: How much will it cost? Do I need to borrow? What about a government student loan? Is money available to help me pay for a part-time course?

Whether you're a prospective, current or graduated BCIT student, the department's services and programs help you find and manage money for your education. The office is open year-round to serve both part-time and full-time students. Programs include both merit-based awards and need-based student financial assistance.

Learn more about the programs that qualifying BCIT part-time and full-time students may benefit from, including:



On-campus housing

Maquinna Residence is located on the BCIT Burnaby campus. Its townhouse-style clusters accommodate 336 students in single rooms with shared kitchens as an option to the full meal service available at campus cafeterias. Once accepted into your program, you'll receive an application form for Maquinna Residence. (It's in the booklet Preparing for BCIT.)

Off-campus housing Comprehensive lists of off-campus accommodation are available on the BCIT Housing web page. You can have listings of short-stay accommodations mailed or faxed on request by contacting the Housing office. Phone: 604-432-8677, e-mail:


BCIT's five campuses are well connected to TransLink bus and SkyTrain lines (Phone 604-953-3333). BCIT Burnaby provides lot parking on a first-come, first-served basis.