Building Access


Each unit on campus designates individuals responsible for the management of access to their building, including issuing keys. To inquire about UBC key signing authority please click here.

The access desk (in the UBC Bookstore) issues keys and access cards/fobs and provides tools to administrators to enable access.


A key deposit of $20.00 is required from all faculty, staff and students. The key deposit is a personal security deposit and is not payable through departmental funds, including UBC purchase cards.

High Security, master, sub-master, and specialty keys require additional deposits which vary according to the level of access and risk.

Please note that several departments feel that an even higher deposit is warranted and have made special arrangements with Parking & Access to charge additional security deposits.

Individual key deposits will be returned in full when all keys are returned to Parking & Access Services.


Email us your access request


Possessing university keys has some associated responsibility; not only are keys university property, they also provide access to university property and are therefore essential for university security.

Please keep your keys in a secure place or on your person at all times. Do not lend your keys or 'pass on' your keys when you leave the university.

If you no longer need the keys, please return them promptly to our offices - not only is a security risk minimized, it also allows for stock to be replenished ensuring access for the next person who needs the appropriate key.