On-campus student housing

We understand you have questions about the fall session. We are actively planning for the upcoming academic year with your health and safety as our highest priority. Read our latest update or see our plans for course delivery and tuition. We will provide more details as soon as they are available. 

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2020–21 school year

Residences will be open in September and we have extended the application deadline until June 30.

We are committed to building healthy, positive communities in residence and are looking at ways to engage students virtually while maintaining the health and safety of our staff and students.

Following provincial health and safety guidelines, we are working to determine the exact number of beds that will be available and to establish cleaning and physical distancing protocols. With the majority of first- and second-year classes being offered online, we expect that there will be significantly fewer first-year students living in residence this fall. This means that we will open up additional spaces for graduate and undergraduate students, as our inventory allows. We will share more information as soon as we can.

BC health authorities expect many of the COVID-19 health and safety requirements to remain in place for at least one year. We do not anticipate that that availability of on-campus housing will increase during the Winter session.

We will provide all applicants with regular email updates over the summer to assist in your accommodation planning and to outline our programming and orientation plans for the fall.

First-year priority

We are temporarily replacing UVic’s first-year guarantee with a first-year priority lottery. First-year students who apply to live in residence by June 30 will be given a number by lottery to determine the order in which their rooms will be assigned. We aim to communicate the results of the lottery by July 6.

We expect that there will be significantly fewer first-year students able or wanting to live in residence this fall, in part due to health and safety factors and travel restrictions.

Application & lottery process

Applications for housing will be accepted until June 30.

Rooms will be assigned by lottery in early July. First-year students, upper-year undergraduate students, and graduate students will be entered in separate lotteries.

We will assign first year students first, and then place students from the graduate and undergraduate lists at the same time. We aim to communicate the results of the lottery by July 6.

Dates & deadlines

The deadline to apply for housing is June 30.

This application deadline applies to all students interested in living on campus in Fall 2020. You will be given a number by lottery to determine the order in which your rooms will be assigned. We aim to communicate the results of these lotteries by July 6.

If you have already applied and wish to cancel your application and receive a refund, the deadline is June 12.

Updates will be sent by email to all applicants. Please direct any questions to resadmin@uvic.ca.

Options for applicants

If you have already applied to live on campus, the online delivery of classes may impact your decision. Here are three options for you to consider:

1. Cancel your application to live on campus

By cancelling your application you will no longer be considered for on-campus housing for the Fall term. Should you want to be considered for housing for a future term, you will be required to submit another housing application.

If you cancel your application in the portal before the end of June 12, 2020, we will refund your $50. Students who choose to cancel their application after June 12 will not be refunded the application fee. Application fee refunds may take up to eight weeks.

To cancel your application, log into the housing portal and go back into your housing application. On the Application Status page, look for the “Cancel Application” option.

2. Take no action

If you have already applied to live on-campus this fall and wish to remain in the lottery, you do not need to do anything.

3. Defer your attendance to UVic

First-year students who have decided not to attend UVic this fall due to COVID-19 or other reasons may defer their attendance at UVic, which will automatically defer the first-year housing guarantee to fall 2021. We are unable to defer first-year housing guarantees if you do not defer your official university admittance.

Summer 2020

We will accommodate incoming students who are registered for the summer semester. You will have a choice of dormitory, cluster or apartment-style housing over the summer.

Our student staff will provide programming for on-campus students throughout the summer. We are transitioning our summer programming to online programs to support physical distancing. We’re excited to build our virtual community!

If you require summer accommodation, please apply as soon as possible.

International students

International students who are having difficulty getting home can stay as long as they need to over the summer while they wait for flights. Please email  for more information.

If you are taking classes this summer and require summer accommodation, please apply as soon as possible.


There is no storage available on campus. You must take all of your belongings with you when you move out of housing.

If you moved and out and left belongings behind, you must arrange for your belongings to be picked up. You will be contacted by Residence Services staff to make arrangements.


All students will receive a refund of their security deposit less any fees owing, as per our typical refund process. In addition, the university approved a pro-rated refund of accommodation fees for students who could leave on or before Friday, March 27. Students who left between March 28 and April 9 were entitled to a $200 refund in addition to their security deposit. Students who left after April 10 will not receive an additional refund. Our refund process may take up to 12 weeks due to the number of refunds we are processing. 

Questions about residence fee refunds: 

Questions about refunds to your meal plan: 

Still have questions?

If you have any questions or concerns about on-campus student housing, please contact

If you have concerns about your health, please call 811 to speak to a health care provider to receive advice or further referrals. Stay up to date with information about the university’s ongoing response to COVID-19 and a list of resources for students.

Self-isolating in on-campus student housing

Can I stay in my room or unit in residence if I am self-isolating?

  • You may have to move rooms temporarily. If this is the case, University Health Services (UHS) will ask for your permission to contact Residence Services staff to help arrange for this move.
  • If you do not have a private bathroom, you may be provided with access to a designated bathroom. You should use the mask provided by UHS every time you leave your room to use this bathroom.

Can I talk to my friends or have them visit?

  • Visiting with contacts online via social media, Facetime, Skype or other digital means is encouraged. You should stay connected to your friends and family.
  • Avoid face-to-face contact with anyone (stay 2 metres or 6 feet away from others, and wear a mask if this is not possible).
  • Do not let others into your home until your healthcare provider tells you it is ok to do so.

How will I get food or other essential supplies if I am self-isolating?

  • Food Services will provide you with an order form so that you can order breakfast, lunch and dinner while in isolation. You will be provided with a limited choice of meals.
  • Meal deliveries will occur seven days a week at the following times:
    • Breakfast: 9 to 10 a.m.
    • Lunch: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
    • Dinner: 6 to 7 p.m.
  • You should be ready for your food delivery during these times. All food will be delivered in disposable containers, which should be placed in your lined trash can when empty.
  • Food Services will leave food outside your door when you respond verbally to their knock. Wear your mask when opening the door to retrieve your meal.

What should I do with my garbage while I’m self-isolating?

  • Discard tissues and all garbage, including used food packaging, in a lined trash can inside your room. Residence Services staff will provide you with extra small garbage bags to line the trash can in your room.
  • Garbage pick-up times will be scheduled by Residence Services. Days and times will be communicated to you by email.
  • You are required to tie up your trash bag and leave it outside of your room at these scheduled times only. To avoid the spread of germs, do not leave garbage outside of your room except during these scheduled times.

What should I do if I am feeling worse?

  • If you are having difficulty breathing, can’t drink water, or are worried about your safety, call 9-1-1 and/or Campus Security at 250-721-7599 for emergency care.
  • If you are worried about your symptoms, call 8-1-1 any time of day or night to explain your situation and ask for advice.
  • Call the University Health Services nurse line during business hours, Monday to Friday, at 250-721-8492. Press #4 for a nurse to explain your situation and ask for advice.

How can I help stop the spread of germs in residence?

  • Follow the guidelines in this section of the website.
  • Do extra cleaning in your room and bathroom: Residence Services will provide you with cleaning wipes to clean hard surfaces (your door handle, table tops, bathroom fixtures) to avoid the spread of germs.

Who should I contact if I need something while in self-isolation?

Food questions

  • Call the Food Services front desk at 250- 472-4777 Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Health questions

  • Call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1 (24 hours/7 days a week) for health advice and information.
  • Call the University Health Services nurse line at 250-721-8492. Press #4 for a nurse. Available: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Leave a message and one of the nurses will return your call if they are busy when you call.
  • Call the UVic Health Services doctor on call for urgent advice after hours. Call 250-721-849 and listen for the prompts.
Accommodation or cleaning questions:
  • Call Residence Services front desk at 250-721-8395 (Available Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Feeling worried or overwhelmed and need to talk:

  • Crisis Line 1-888-494-3888

For the latest UVic information, please check this website for updates. If you have further questions not covered by these FAQs, please email .