Campus Services

The Students' Union

Okanagan College Students' Union (OCSU) office is in Room H125 in the Health Building.

OCSU Available services include:

Free day planner
Every year, the OCSU hands out over three thousand handbooks/dayplanners to students absolutely free. This is achieved by partnering with the British Columbia Federation of Students – BCFS. Visit the OCSU office, H125, to get your free handbook!

Faxing
Cost depends on the number of pages and the country to which it is being sent.

  • Local - $0.25¢  per page plus tax
  • Internationally - $0.50 per page
  • To 1-800 numbers - free
Photocopying
Students can buy photocopier cards at the Library. These cards can be used at most photocopiers on campus. Students can also use the photocopier at the Students' Union without the card. Copies are 5¢ per page plus tax or 10¢ double sided. Colour is 25¢per page plus taxes.

Photocopier locations

  • Library
  • Students’ Union
ISIC Cards
The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and the StudentSaver Card give full and part-time students access to money-saving discounts across Canada.
Accommodation
The OCSU maintains a housing board located outside their office. Students or community members can post an OCSU Rental ad on the board. Student can contact the renters directly by email or phone.

Events
The Student’s Union offers a number of events throughout the year such as themed parties and movie nights. In addition, they work cooperatively with the Athletics, Recreation & Student Life and International Education departments among others to organize recreational and cultural fun campus wide events.
Parking
To park on Campus you need a ticket (from ticket dispensing machines) or parking pass from the Registrar office to park your vehicle on campus. Use only ‘Student Lots’. If you are using student residence parking lots, please find out from the residence office where you can park. Avoid getting parking violation tickets, or having your vehicle towed, be aware of parking signs and meter information. See Parking and Transportation 

Smoking policy on campus

Smoking is allowed only in the gazebos. Please respect the space of those who do not smoke. Use proper bins or ash trays to dispose  cigarette butts. Do not leave them in flower beds, garbage bins or on the ground.

Security

For security services dial 6699 from any campus phone.

Library

Use the Library for quiet study or rooms for group study. Photocopiers and computers are available.
For ESL students, there are aids to help you write the TOEFL tests e.g. sample tests, audio tapes, etc.
Consult the Library Guide for services, how to get a library card, loan periods, costs for overdue materials, etc.

For hours of operation phone: 250-762-5445 local 5452 or ask the staff at the front desk of the library.

Computer Services

Students can use computers located in the Library Info Commons. There are also several computer labs on campus.
You need student identification to use these labs.

Students have OC e-mail through the MyOkanagan system. Check the website to find out how to use it.(www.okanagan.bc.ca)

Campus Store

The Okanagan College Campus Store is located in the Student Services Building. They supply all textbooks, stationery, binders, art materials, Okanagan College clothing, and almost everything you will need for your studies.
The names of the textbooks for each course are listed on a bulletin board outside the bookstore. Please do not buy any books before your instructor has told you exactly which ones you need.

KEEP THE RECEIPT! Any book can be returned if it is in good condition and if you have the receipt for its purchase. If you want to exchange a book or obtain a refund, you must do it as soon as possible. It will not be possible to return a book if you wait more than 14 days.

Hours are: Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For hours during the first week of the semester, please check at the Campus Store.

Used Books
Students can sometimes buy used books. Used books are marked with large yellow or orange ‘USED” stickers. Before you buy any used books, be sure that the author and edition are the same as the one your instructor has requested.


Bus Tickets/Passes and Schedules

Bus Passes
A monthly bus pass costs $55.00, semester passes cost $175.00 and are available only for the fall and winter semesters. Sheets of ten, non-expiring tickets can be purchased for $22.50. Bus timetables are also available at the Students’ Union store located in the Health Building.

Postal Services

You can buy postage stamps at the Okanagan College Campus Bookstore.
For the post office nearest your home, search the internet for  “Canada Post Corp”- Retail Outlets.

Mailing letters, cards, postcards to:
other places in Canada - $0.85
the United States - $1.20
other countries - $2.50

If the envelope is heavy, there will be an extra charge.
Extra cost: “Priority Post” or “Special Delivery” for faster service. “Registered Mail” offers safe (but slow) delivery.

Counselling Services

Check at the Student Services office S111 for counselling on:
  • depression
  • loneliness
  • anxiety
  • anger
  • substance abuse
  • personal problems
  • time management
  • stress and exam anxiety
  • study and communication skills
  • goal setting
  • decision making
  • testing
See counselling for details

The Learning Centre

It is located in the Library, room L204, across from the circulation desk.
The Learning Centre is open to all students and provides additional opportunities to achieve academic success. Students can find learning assistance, one-to-one or small group tutoring, and help with study and learning strategies. Assistance is provided for ESL, General Business, Accounting, English, Math, etc.  The Centre’s goal is to assist students to become effective, independent learners.

Accessibility Services

If you are a student with a documented disability and you want to know more about these services, please contact an Accessibility Services Coordinator in your area. Call 250 762-5445, ext. 4477 or 4119 for more information, or click here.

Athletics, Recreation and Student Life 

Campus Recreation is located in the Student Services Building. Recreational and cultural activities can be found on the campus recreation brochure and website, International Education will promote any additional activities. If you are interested in any of these events please note sign-up deadlines, as capacity is sometimes limited.

Click here to register or view upcoming activities. Then, select the activity you would like to register for. Please note that this is only applicable to current Kelowna Campus students.

If you sign up for an activity, please show up on time!

Campus Restaurants

The Cafeteria is situated across from the Student Services Building. The cafeteria may not be open during the summer.

Infusions
(next to the Cafeteria) offers a full dining experience and is open to the public at lunch and some evenings. Click here for more opening hours.

Fezziwigs is located in the atrium in the E building. Food is prepared fresh daily. It has soups, sandwiches, salads, hot and cold drinks, etc.

There are also a variety of vending machines located in most buildings around campus.

Microwave ovens for student use are available in the following areas:

  • Student Services Building, the Pit
  • Dormitories
  • Trades Building

Telephones

Phones on Campus
Phones are located in the Student Services building near the doors to the cafeteria, as well as on the second floor of the Lab ‘C’ Building and in the Trades Building. For local calls only.

Phone General Info
  • B.C. area codes include: 250 for Kelowna and BC, 778 for all of BC, 604 for Vancouver and Lower Mainland
  • You must dial the area code before the number even for local calls. For example  250-111-2222.
Cell phone
  • Many companies offer the best deal when you sign up for a 3 year plan.
  • If you do not plan to stay in Canada for 3 years or more, consider getting a one year plan or a pay-as-you-go phone.

Landline Phone
  • Getting a Landline telephone is both inexpensive and fast.
  • The Telephone Company Telus or Shaw will either sell or rent a phone. 
  • Be aware that you might have to pay a minimum deposit.
  •  The service charge will cover the cost of all local telephone calls, so you don’t have to pay each time you make a call.