Undergraduate students

Living in residence is an exciting part of your university adventure. A new home, new friends, an amazing new chapter in your life so full of possibility. At UVic, living in residence means taking advantage of all that the university has to offer.

Why live in residence at UVic?

A supported transition to university life

From your first day on campus, Residence Services staff are here to help you settle in, find your way around, and cope with all the changes in your first year. Relax. We’re here for you 24/7.

Friends and community

The friends you make while living in residence will be your new family, the heart and soul of your university experience. With over 2,000 fellow students from across Canada and around the world living in UVic residences, it’s easy to meet new people and develop friendships that will last a lifetime.

You’re positioned to succeed academically

Your residence room is really close to classes, libraries and designated study spaces so getting anywhere on campus is easy. What’s more, you’re surrounded by others like you who are motivated to succeed: this is a great environment to thrive as a student.

Great food, great variety

Wherever you are on campus, you’re close to someplace to refuel. If you have a meal plan, you won’t need to worry about cooking or washing dishes: Cadboro CommonsCap's Bistro and Village Greens have got you covered. In addition, we offer nine other distinct food outlets on campus committed to sustainability and serving you healthy, delicious meals. If you choose to live in one of our Cluster residences, you’ll have a fully equipped kitchen in your house.  

Events and activities

Living in residence means you’re at the centre of student life. Look forward to events and activities on your floor, in your building and across residence throughout the year. You’ll find events and activities for wellness, academics, leadership as well as social activities, so there’s never a dull moment.

Am I guaranteed a room in residence?

First-year guarantee

If you are a current high-school student in your graduating year, we guarantee you a space for your first year in residence. That’s the UVic first-year guarantee

Undergraduate lottery

If you don't qualify for the first-year guarantee, we have a limited number of residence spaces available that are determined by lottery.

Spring residence (January to April)

If you're interested in spring residence, housing is available from January to April to students who meet the academic criteria. The portal application and details about the assignment process become accessible on our website mid-October.

Summer residence (May to August)

If you're taking classes at UVic between May and August or are working as a co-op student with a local employer, you can apply for summer residence. You must stay for at least 30 consecutive nights and apply at least seven (7) days before your arrival date.

For durations less than 30 nights and requests on short notice, refer to visitor accommodation.