New Student Residence

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Planning for new student housing

UVic has begun planning for a new residence to provide much-needed housing for undergraduate students. Living on campus assists students with their transition to university, provides academic and social programming and support, and nurtures a strong sense of belonging in the UVic community.

UVic’s Campus Plan guides the physical growth and change on the campus and its outlying lands. The student residence project is the first significant capital project since the Campus Plan was renewed in 2016. This important project will build on the ideas generated through the Campus Plan and will help achieve our vision as not only an extraordinary academic environment, but also a vibrant and sustainable community that nurtures student experience and well-being.

What it will include:

  • How many beds? The new modern student residence will include at least 600 new beds and will respond to a broad range of student needs, including people with a wide range of physical abilities. A variety of room types and layouts are being considered including traditional dorm rooms and "pod" style living which includes single rooms with a shared kitchen and living areas.

  • Where will it be located The creation of the 2016 Campus Plan involved extensive community engagement. Part of the Campus Plan renewal process involved identifying a number of different sites on campus that might work for a modern student residence building. These sites have been explored by the project team and have been narrowed to two locations that are now being further reviewed.

  • What about food and parking? Options for a new residence dining facility are also being explored. However, this will ultimately depend on available funding and the location of the building. To address demand, parking will also be addressed.

  • What about sustainability? The university has a long history of leadership in sustainability. When it comes to new buildings on campus, we aim to develop new buildings that achieve LEED Gold certification. The Campus Plan also focuses new development within and near Ring Road, growing upward rather than outward, and maximizing the efficient use of land.  The new student residence will be taller than existing buildings to reduce the building footprint as much as possible.

Learn more, get involved!

We want to hear from students, staff, community members and other stakeholders to help shape plans for the new student residence. We are just at the beginning of the process and there will be many opportunities to share your ideas throughout the project.

New Residence Stages

To learn more about the sites being considered and what will be included in the new residence, there will be on-campus and community events throughout 2018.

Project team

The architectural team leading the new student residence project is Perkins + Will. 

Perkins+Will brings leadership and expertise in the design and planning of student life facilities, having worked with nearly 300 colleges and universities across the country and internationally over the past 30 years.  They’ve assembled a team of local and international professionals who are leaders in their fields of engineering, food services planning, public engagement and sustainability.

Spirit of place

As we consider the future, we will preserve the spirit of place inherited from the past, respecting and supporting the commitments to environmental stewardship and sustainability that are so widely shared in our community and our culture.  

We will use our buildings to educate and connect students with our Indigenous communities and the history of the traditional territories where our university resides.

We acknowledge and respect the Lkwungen-speaking peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

For further information about the project please contact Mike Wilson, Director – Campus Planning and Sustainability at 250-472-5433 or

To learn more about our existing residence community click here.

To learn more about our Campus Plan, click here.

To learn more about our Sustainability Action Plan, click here.