UBC student makes headlines commuting to class from Calgary rather than paying rent in Vancouver

A University of British Columbia student has made headlines after saying that he is choosing to commute to class from Calgary by plane rather than pay Vancouver rent. UBC Student Tim Chen explained that the increases in rent prices in Vancouver pushed him to consider other options. By choosing to live with his parents in Calgary and pay roughly $1.2K a month for flights, Chen notes that he is spending less money than if he were to pay $2.5K a month in rent in Vancouver. Chen says that he is planning to continue flying to class until he graduates at the end of the academic year. UBC Associate Vice-President of Student Housing and Community Services Andrew Parr responded to the story by noting that rental affordability issues are one of the reasons UBC is building affordable housing.

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