Student life

Take a journey through Canada’s most extraordinary academic environment where dynamic learning and vital impact come together to give you an edge.

Your student experience isn't just about what you study. It's about the free-thinking community you learn and grow with through your faculty, friend and alumni connections.

Why UVic?

At UVic, talented students have always become inspiring people by finding balance between classes and a flexible lifestyle weaving together academic, altruistic, athletic, social and personal interests.

Make time to explore the hundreds of student organizations, teams and course unions that already exist. Better yet, create your own to make a lasting mark while you're here.

All undergraduate students are members of the University of Victoria Students’ Society (UVSS). The UVSS is an autonomous not-for-profit society which provides services, events and advocacy to students.

Clubs and course unions

UVic boasts more than 200 student clubs and course unions to help you exercise your environmental, cultural, recreational, religious and political passions.

Research, advocacy and constituency groups

Research, advocacy and constituency groups offer opportunities to connect and make change. Check their websites or visit their offices in the Student Union Building (SUB) to find out how to get involved.

Vikes Athletics

Whether or not you play a varsity sport, you're a Vike as soon as you register for your first set of classes. And being a Vike means turning up your school spirit and wearing your best blue and gold to cheer on the Vikes on game days.

Fitness and recreation

Somewhere between the painted lines, studios and elliptical machines you'll find a full-body workout and opportunities to join recreation classes across the training spectrum - from belly dancing to kickboxing to boot camp. 

You can also join an intramural team or one of the 25 sports clubs with friends and new faces alike.