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The southwestern corner of BC is definitely student-oriented territory, and you'll find inexpensive youth hostels run by Hostelling International in Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, and Tofino. These hostels make traveling in BC affordable and fun. For membership information, check the Hostelling International websites at www.hiusa.org and www.hihostels.ca.

The University of British Columbia (UBC, with more than 30,000 students) in the Point Grey area, Burnaby's Simon Fraser University, and a number of smaller schools contribute to the enormous student population in Vancouver. Student travelers have a lot of free and inexpensive entertainment options, both day and night. Pick up a copy of Georgia Straight to find out what's happening. Many attractions and theaters offer discounts if you have your student ID with you. While many establishments will accept a school ID, the surest way to obtain student discounts is with an International Student Identity Card (ISIC).

In Victoria, the University of Victoria (referred to locally as "U. Vic.") has a sprawling campus just east of downtown. The student population accounts for most, if not all, of Victoria's nightlife. Student discounts abound. Pick up a copy of Victoria's weekly paper, Monday Magazine (which comes out on Thurs), for current nightclub listings.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.