The OCSU offers a number of in-person and virtual programs and services to meet your needs as a student. Some COVID-19 safety measures will remain in effect. Please contact us if you have questions.
OCSU gives out free frosh supplies to members every year, while supplies last. Our frosh supplies include but are not limited to:
These items are available in all OCSU offices.
Health and Dental Plan
Your Health and Dental plan helps cover part of the costs from a wide range of medical services, from dentistry to massage therapy. Your coverage is through Green Shield Canada. All OCSU members who are enrolled in full time studies are covered (3 or more college level classes).
For more details, please see our Health and Dental page.
Every year, the OCSU hands out over five thousand handbooks/dayplanners to students absolutely free! This is achieved by partnering with the British Columbia Federation of Students – BCFS. This project allows the OCSU to deliver a quality handbook with full colour pages, better quality paper with unique cover art and local flavour.
The handbooks are also a testimony to the OCSU’s commitment to sustainability; they are printed on 100% post consumer recycled material with vegetable dyes. Even the binding is recyclable!
What You Won’t Find Anywhere Else
Safer Sex and Menstrual Hygiene Supplies
Each OCSU office is always stocked with a variety of free safer sex and menstrual hygiene supplies. Simply come to your OCSU office and take what you need. Everything is free of cost and free of judgement.
Safer sex supplies:
Menstrual hygiene supplies:
When you are living on a student budget every penny counts. That’s why we are proud to offer another one of our extremely popular services available FREE to all of our members: the Student Discount Program!
The easiest way to access these discounts is with the brand new Deals App!
Deals is available on Apple and Android absolutely free. Simply create an account with your student ID, and you’re ready to go! Just show your ID number at the point of purchase. The best part is, since this app is presented by the BCFS (a BC-wide organization), it shows you what discounts are available nearby, no matter where you are in BC.
Do you own a business, and are interested in offering a discount? Learn how here!
Student Clubs and Initiatives
Are you a student who has an excellent project in mind that could help benefit the campus community? Are you a group of students who are fundraising to start a new a service or attend a conference? If you are an Okanagan College Students’ Union member and have a great initiative that would help benefit the campus community, we encourage you to apply for our Student Initiatives program. Please see our Student Initiatives page for further details on how to apply!
If you feel you have been unfairly treated in the assessment of your performance in a course, or that the determination of your final course grade is inconsistent with the grading methodology outlined in your course syllabus, it is your right to request a formal review of your course work or final grade.
What we can do
The OCSU can help you wade through the Okanagan College grade appeal policy and guide you step by step through the grade appeal process.
The OCSU can appoint a Student Representative to sit beside you as a student observer, in a non-voting capacity, throughout the review process. This Student Representative will ensure you are being treated fairly during the appeal process.
What we cannot do
The OCSU cannot expedite the Okanagan College appeal process.
The OCSU cannot determine or influence the instructors who make up the appeal committee, although we will ensure that you are treated in a non-biased and fair manner throughout the appeal process.
If you would like advice on how to proceed with a grade appeal, feel free to stop by the OCSU office on your campus and set up a confidential meeting with one of your Student Representatives.
Okanagan College policy on General Appeals on Academic Standing can be found here
We’ve moved! The OCSU office is now located in the Continuing Studies (A) Building. Our room number is A148.
Office services include:
The Pantry is also located inside our office.
We sell bus passes at a discounted student rate. We accept cash, credit, and debit.
Monthly Pass (valid Oct 1-31): $55
Sheet of 10 single use tickets: $22.50
We also sell Semester passes periodically. Semester passes are sold in September, January, and May.
Printing and Photocopying
Need something printed? OCSU has a Xerox machine that can be used to print, photocopy, and scan documents. Please note that all printing jobs MUST be saved onto a USB/thumb drive as a PDF. Our printer cannot read Word documents, images, jpegs, pngs, etc.
There is no cost to scan documents.
Prices listed as price per page
Black and White
Letter (8.5″ x 11″) – $0.05
Legal (8.5″ x 14″) – $0.10
Tabloid (11″ x 17″) – $0.25
Letter (8.5″ x 11″) – $0.10
Legal (8.5″ x 14″) – $0.15
Tabloid (11″ x 17″) – $0.50
OCSU believes that no student should have to choose between buying groceries and paying bills. The Pantry offers a variety of non-perishable food items as well as basic hygiene and toiletry items for students facing short-term food insecurity and hardship. is a food bank for OC students, run by OCSU, on the Kelowna campus. It is routinely stocked with a variety of non-perishable breakfast, lunch, and dinner items as well as basic hygiene and toiletry items.
The Pantry is now located within the OCSU office in room A148.
*Some items (like instant noodles) are offered as a 2-for-1 combo. In this case, two packs of instant noodles would count as one item.
Hours of Operation
Mondays: 8:00am – 3:00pm
Tuesdays: 8:00am – 3:00pm
Wednesdays: 8:00pm – 3:00pm
Thursdays: 8:00am – 3:00pm
Fridays: 8:00am – 3:00pm
Please contact us if you need to access the Pantry outside of these hours.
OC Serves Up
OC Serves Up is back for another year! Each day, up to 50 nutritious meals, prepared by OC’s very own Culinary and Pastry Arts students as part of their learning curriculum, are given out to hungry OC students for free. Requesting a meal is easy – students just need to fill out the online signup form each day they want a lunch. Each student can use the service up to three times per week. All current OC students are eligible to participate in OC Serves Up.
Here are is the complete guideline for accessing the service:
SHH! (Sexual Health Handouts)
‘SHH!’ (AKA ‘Sexual Health Handouts’) provides Kelowna-based OC students with free sexual health and menstruation products. Students can swing by our SHH Kit station (located inside the Pantry) to put together their own DIY kit every month.
As OCSU has a longstanding history of providing free access to safer sex and menstrual supplies — ‘SHH!’ strives to bring awareness and greater accessibility to these services.
We have several poster boards around campus on which we post information about OCSU events and services. Students, staff, and community members may also use our boards to advertise their own student-oriented events, services, and products. Please read our poster board guidelines before posting on any OCSU poster board.
POSTER BOARD GUIDELINES
We have a dedicated poster board in the S Building for rental listings. Please use one of our Housing Forms (provided under the poster board) to advertise your listing. You don’t need to bring it to the OCSU office for approval if it’s on one of our housing forms, but please be aware that we may take your listing down without notice if we feel it violates our guidelines.
For students seeking assistance with affordable housing, please see the BC Rent Bank website.
We have a dedicated poster board in the S Building for job opportunities. Approval by OCSU staff is required prior to posting.
If you have any questions or concerns about any of OCSU’s poster boards, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ping Pong and Board Game Rentals
Our ping pong tables are finally back!! Kill some time between classes with a friendly (or not so friendly?) match or two. We have tables set up in the Pit (S Building) and in the Trades Building, each equipped with paddles and balls. Extra paddles and balls available for rent in our office as well.
The Harbour offers a comfortable spot where students can drop by for campus support and community referrals, or access the food shelf for basic food items, toiletries, and safer sex supplies. This safe space on campus welcomes folks of all gender and sexual orientations. The Harbour also supports our LGBTQ2S+ members and offers programming & events.
The Harbour is located in PC 213 (second floor in the Centre of Excellence).
Need somewhere to stash your stuff? Drop a lock on any unoccupied locker, and then register it at the OCSU office (PEC14)!
Board Game Rentals
Bored between classes? Swing by the OCSU office and rent a board game!
Lunch Once a Month
A free lunch is offered to the first ten Salmon Arm students who sign up at the beginning of each month.
Stop by the OCSU Office in the Student Lounge to register and get a free lunch while supplies last – courtesy of OCSU!
There is a free food shelf located just outside the Salmon Arm OCSU office. Students are encouraged to take what they need and pay it forward when they can.
Health and Dental:
Contact your campus organizer:
Kelowna – Megan Gray
Penticton – Alana Day
Salmon Arm – Lindsey Loftus
How We Operate
Mandate and Values
2020-21 Report of the Board
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