Vancouver Community College

Vancouver Community College | Vancouver, B.C. | Founded 1965

Vancouver Community College cooking class

Culinary students hard at work. (Vancouver Community College)

Those seeking to study in a bustling city will feel at home at Vancouver Community College (VCC). Its two main campuses—Downtown and Broadway—are nestled in the heart of Vancouver; a third campus is in Delta. On-campus facilities include restaurants, automotive shops and design studios. VCC’s trades students are frequent top performers in provincial, national and international skills competitions, and VCC’s culinary alumni have competed on Top Chef Canada and Chopped.

VCC is British Columbia’s largest and oldest community college. It offers more than 120 programs, including certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees, trades and apprenticeship training, academic upgrading and continuing education.

At both Vancouver campuses, VCC students hone their skills while offering discounted services to the community. Hairstylist program students run a salon and spa with their classmates in the esthetics program. Dental assisting program students run a low-cost dental clinic, and culinary students cook up gourmet cuisine at on-campus restaurants. The college also operates one of the region’s largest simulated hospitals.

VCC’s 14,000 students benefit from the college’s commitment to diversity, accessibility and Indigenous reconciliation as well as its long-standing connections with local employers and community organizations.


Size of school Tuition (degree) Tuition (diploma) Tuition (certificate) Residence offerings
Mid-sized (2,000 full-time students to fewer than 10,000 full-time students) $4,643-$7,194 $3,362-$14,878 $2,389-$12,410 No

Cool Options

  • Dental Technology Sciences: This program offers students an opportunity to be creative and work with their hands to make oral prosthetics such as crowns and bridges, dentures and braces.
  • Automotive Collision and Refinishing: In response to industry needs, VCC developed a flexible learning program aimed at shortening the length of time that apprentices and journey persons are required to train.
  • Occupational/Physical Therapist Assistant: This two-year program prepares graduates to work as assistants to occupational therapists and physical therapists. 

Popular Programs

  • University Transfer
  • Adult Basic Education
  • ESL Pathways
  • Language Instruction for Newcomers
  • Provincial Instructor

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