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Planning your move

Relocation policy

The university's Relocation Grant Policy HR6405 assists new appointees with moving costs for themselves, their families, and their personal belongings. You may also find the following resource useful:

Planning for your relocation

Preferred movers

The University of Victoria has negotiated with preferred movers for discount rates. For more information, please visit Moving/Relocation Services on the University of Victoria's Purchasing Department website.

Getting to Victoria

By air

Victoria has an international airport located about 22 kilometres (16 miles) north of UVic. The airport's passenger services include shops, a restaurant, a bicycle assembly station, currency services, wireless internet access, ground transportation, and short/long term parking.

By ferry - from Canada

The BC Ferries terminal is located at Swartz Bay (a little further north from the airport).  If you take the ferry from Vancouver, you will arrive here; the ferry carries vehicles as well as foot passengers. Swartz Bay is also the departure point for sailings to the Gulf Islands.

By bus

You can also take a bus from downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria on Pacific Coach Lines. The bus boards BC Ferries at the Tsawwassen terminal.

By ferry - from the U.S.

The Victoria Clipper provides passenger ferry service (no vehicles) on high-speed catamarans between downtown Seattle and downtown Victoria, between Seattle and the San Juan Islands in Washington State, and for whale-watching excursions. Travel times can vary, but the catamarans all have food service on board and provide a scenic and relaxing journey.

Black Ball Transport carries vehicles and foot passengers between downtown Victoria and Port Angeles, Washington, on the Motor Vessel Coho.

Washington State Ferries operates a ferry service between Sidney (north of Victoria) and Anacortes, Washington.

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