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.

Campus Wide Services

Frosh Supplies

OCSU gives out free frosh supplies to members every year, while supplies last. Our frosh supplies include but are not limited to:

  • Our handbooks/dayplanners
  • Pens and highlighters
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses
  • Lanyards

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.

Free Handbook/Dayplanner

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

  • Details of who we are and the services we provide to our members
    • The in’s and out’s of our Health and Dental plan
    • Monthly and yearly calendars
    • A course timetable
    • Information on your membership in the British Columbia Federation of Students
    • Campus activities and events
    • Campaign details
    • Details on the Deals App and a list of businesses offering discounts in the area

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:

  • External and internal condoms
  • Dental dams
  • Pregnancy tests (by request)

Menstrual hygiene supplies:

  • Tampons
  • Pads
  • Menstrual cups (by request)

Student Discounts

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!

Grade Appeals

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

Kelowna Services

Kelowna Services

The Office

We’ve moved! The OCSU office is now located in the Continuing Studies (A) Building. Our room number is A148.

Office services include:

  • Bus pass sales
  • Photocopying and printing services
  • Free swag (water bottles, pens, etc)
  • Information on OCSU services, including the Health & Dental plan
  • Daily dad jokes

The Pantry is also located inside our office.

Bus Passes

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.

Printing and Photocopying Price List

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

Colour
Letter (8.5″ x 11″) – $0.10
Legal (8.5″ x 14″) – $0.15
Tabloid (11″ x 17″) – $0.50

The Pantry

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.

Pantry Guidelines

  • Masks must be worn in the Pantry and the OCSU office. Your mask must cover both your nose and mouth.
  • We do not provide bags – please bring your own.
  • Please do not touch any of the items, and please don’t take anything off the shelves. Let the Pantry staff know what you want and they will grab it for you. We do this to minimize the spread of germs and to help us keep track of inventory.
  • Only one student is permitted in the Pantry at a time. It’s a very small space and there really isn’t room for more!
    • If you notice we are helping another student when you arrive, please wait in the hallway outside the OCSU office until you are welcomed in.
    • This also applies to groups. Only one person may enter the Pantry at a time; the rest of the group must wait in the hall.
  • Please do not crowd the doorways. The OCSU office offers several services besides the Pantry,
  • Students may take up to seven items each visit*
  • Students may use the Pantry once every seven days

*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:

  • Each student may sign up a maximum of three times per week
  • The deadline to apply for a meal is 10:30 a.m. the day of. You must fill out the online form each day you wish to request a meal. Please don’t sign up more that once per day.
  • Please do not submit a form more than 24 hours in advance.
  • Meals can be requested Monday through Friday (excluding statutory holidays). Pick-up is available from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. inside the OC Cafeteria (F building) at the Kelowna campus. Remember, wearing a mask is mandatory.
  • Some meals may need to be heated prior to eating.
  • If you are unable to pick up your meal for any reason, please email us at ocservesup@ocsu.ca and let us know as soon as possible so we can give it to another hungry student. We have a limited number of meals each day, and failing to pick up your lunch without letting us know might mean that we have to turn students away.

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.

  • Pads
  • Tampons (various absorbency levels available)
  • Diva cups (various sizes available – click here for the size guide)
  • External and Internal condoms

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.

Poster Boards

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

  • All posters must be reviewed by an OCSU staff member for approval prior to posting. Any poster on our boards which has not obtained approval will be removed without notice. To have your posters reviewed, please bring them to the OCSU front desk (A148) during business hours. An OCSU staff member will review your posters on the spot with you. We’ll let you know if they meet the criteria for posting, or if any changes are necessary.
  • It is your responsibility to put your posters up after they have been approved. If you are unfamiliar with the campus layout, we will gladly give you a map with approximate locations of our boards.
  • Posters for events must be inclusive to all people.
  • Images or messages that are racist, sexist, ageist, ableist, or otherwise derogatory or offensive, will not be approved under any circumstance.
  • Images or messages must be politically and religiously neutral.
  • All events with ticket/entry fees of more than $10 must list a discounted student price on the poster.
  • All paid services/products must display a discounted student price.

RENTAL/HOUSING POSTINGS

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.

JOB POSTINGS

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 laitinen@ocsu.ca.

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.

Regional Services

Penticton

The Harbour

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).

Locker Rentals

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!

Salmon Arm

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!

Food Shelf

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.

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