Getting to Victoria
Victoria and the University of Victoria is situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off the southern coast of mainland of our province of British Columbia, the western province of Canada.
There is no fixed connection from the island to the mainland and as such is only accessible via passenger/vehicle ferry services or air.
- Regularly scheduled ferry service from Vancouver and Washington state.
- Victoria International Airport serves flights from Vancouver, Seattle, and many other locations.
- Float planes connect with Seattle and Vancouver.
Driving from Vancouver
Take the Swartz Bay ferry from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal. The sailing takes 1 hr 35 minutes, plus 15 minutes offloading time.
As you exit the ferry, you will be on the Patricia Bay Highway #17 south. After approximately 25 minutes, take the McKenzie Avenue exit. Turn left onto McKenzie Avenue and continue for 7 km. Turn right onto McGill Road, at the main UVic entrance, just in front of Centennial Stadium.
From Victoria International Airport
Victoria Int'l Airport is located off Highway 17, about 30-40 minutes north of the university. When driving from the airport, follow the signs to Victoria; they will lead you south onto Highway 17. From here follow the directions above.
The YYJ Airport Shuttle offers service from the airport to various city locations. Buses leave the airport every half hour between 4 a.m. and midnight, 7 days a week.
Take Highway 1 south towards Victoria until you reach the McKenzie Avenue/Admiral Road intersection. Turn left here. Follow McKenzie Avenue for about 7 km east, until you reach the traffic lights at Gordon Head Road. Go through the traffic light and turn right onto McGill Road.
Follow Highway 14 east towards Victoria. In Colwood turn onto Highway 1 to Victoria. At the McKenzie Avenue/Admiral Road intersection, turn left. Follow McKenzie Avenue for about 7 km east, then turn right onto McGill Road, just in front of Centennial Stadium.
Ferry from Seattle and Port Angeles
You will dock in Victoria's inner harbour. Follow Belleville St. east to Blanshard St. Turn north onto Blanshard, and follow it for about 5 km then turn right onto McKenzie Avenue and continue for about 7 km. Turn right onto McGill Road, just in front of Centennial Stadium.
Ferry from Anacortes
You will dock in Sidney, about 30 km north of the university. Follow the signs to Highway 17 (Victoria). Turn left/south onto the Highway. In approximately 20 minutes take the University of Victoria/ McKenzie Avenue exit. Turn left onto McKenzie Avenue then continue for approximately 7 km. Turn right onto McGill Road, just in front of Centennial Stadium.
Emergency phone locations
"Direct Dial to Campus Security" public phones are located across campus. They are identified by a red and white Security sign and a corresponding number.
Emergency evacuation maps
Classroom A/V equipment information
Residence information and location map
Dining locations and map
Theatre location maps
Library location and floor maps
Gender-neutral and accessible washrooms
In addition to a large multi-stall, gender-neutral washroom in the Student Union Building (SUB), there are many single-stall washrooms on campus.
Smoking locations map
UVic is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for students, employees and visitors. Beginning September 1, 2011, smoking is only permitted in designated areas outside Ring Road. Look for the marked benches and new cigarette receptacles in convenient and accessible locations within a three-minute walk of any campus building.
Compost bin map
Local transit maps (BC Transit)
BC Transit provides bus service to the Gordon Head campus
Cycling to UVic route map
Jogging route map
UVic's Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) will provide the best training and learning facilities possible for students, varsity athletes and other users as well as an opportunity for all community members to access UVic's athletics and recreation resources as well as specific services and research programs. Site preparation began the week of Feb. 25, 2013. Completion of the first phase of construction is targeted for spring 2015.
Construction on the Continuing Studies Building addition project is underway. The project will provide expanded space for the English Language Centre's Pathways Program for international students, as well as other programs. The project design will complement the existing building while increasing its size by approximately 50 per cent. For more information, visit the Campus Planning Current Projects website.
Recently completed buildings
Questions? Contact Facilities Management at 250-721-7616.