Destination UVic

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Join us for Destination UVic: a fun-filled event for undergraduate applicants and their families to get a taste of student life on campus at the University of Victoria. Speak with current UVic students, faculty-specific academic advisers, staff members, and future students who have the same questions as you:

  • What's it like living in residence?
  • What activities can I participate in?
  • Which courses should I choose, and how do I register?
  • How much should I budget for my first year?

We want you to see, hear and feel what it's like to be a UVic student, and there's no better time to find out!

Who should attend

  • Students who have applied to and/or been accepted into UVic undergraduate studies for September 2019.

Win a $500 or $1,000 tuition credit

Eligible attendees at Destination UVic can enter to win a tuition credit toward your first year at UVic: one of two $500 prizes or the grand prize of $1,000!

Pick up your ballot at the check-in and registration desk. The contest winner will be drawn on May 28, 2019.

Note: This contest is only open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec. Refer to the terms and conditions at the bottom of this page for complete contest details and requirements.


The Student Union Building is the best place to start your day. That's where you'll find our check-in and information desk, information fair, academic advising, and Registration 101 presentations.

Check-in and information desk (9:15 - 5:30)

Drop by the check-in and information desk at the front entrance of the Student Union Building to pick up your Destination UVic welcome package, including an entry form for the tuition-credit draw. We'll be here all day to answer your questions and help you find your way around campus.

Information fair (10:00 - 3:00)

Visit our information fair in the Michele Pujol Room to learn about our services, get information about support resources, and check out some of the many student groups and activities at UVic.

Academic advising (10:00 - 3:00)

Do you have questions about your program and the courses you should take in your first year at UVic? Stop by the Upper Lounge to speak with an academic adviser from your faculty.

Registration 101 presentations (9:45 - 5:30)

Registration 101 covers everything you need to know about becoming a UVic student, including:

  • meeting the academic requirements stated in your offer of admission
  • planning which courses you'll take in your first year at UVic
  • seeing how course registration works at UVic

Need another reason to attend? Each presentation includes a chance to win a UVic hoodie!

Presentations are 45 minutes, and take place in the Cinecenta Theatre at the following times:

  • 9:45 - 10:30 a.m.
  • 10:45 - 11:30 a.m.
  • 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • 12:45 - 1:30 p.m.
  • 1:45 - 2:30 p.m.
  • 2:45 - 3:30 p.m.
  • 3:45 - 4:30 p.m.
  • 4:45 - 5:30 p.m.


Bring your walking shoes, because there's a lot of ground to cover at Destination UVic!

All tours are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis, and times are subject to change. We recommend checking in for a tour 10-15 minutes before it starts.

Campus tours

Duration: 90 minutes
Starting location: Student Union Building

Take a campus tour to get a better idea of where your faculty's buildings are located and see a classroom or two. On your tour, you'll be able to visit one of the following areas:

  • North campus (Business, Humanities, Social Sciences)
  • Southeast campus (Engineering, Science)
  • West campus (Education, Fine Arts, Human & Social Development)

In addition, every tour includes brief stops at some of our favourite spots:

  • Bus Loop & Campus Security
  • Campus Services Building
  • First Peoples House
  • McPherson Library
  • Quad & Petch Fountain
  • University Centre

Please note that it is not possible to enter every building (a full tour of campus would take hours!), but you are welcome to explore the buildings on your own throughout the day.

Campus tours are offered at the following times:

  • 9:45 - 11:15 a.m.
  • 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • 11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
  • 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
  • 12:45 - 2:15 p.m.
  • 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
  • 2:15 - 3:45 p.m.
  • 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
  • 3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

Athletics & recreation tours

Duration: 30 minutes
Starting location: CARSA Building (lobby)

Visit the world-class Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) to see our:

  • Dance, TRX, spin and yoga studios
  • Fitness and weight training areas
  • Multipurpose fieldhouse
  • Performance gym
  • Squash and racquetball courts

For many visitors, the highlight of the tour is our five-storey climbing wall!

Athletics & recreation tours are offered at the top of every hour, with the first tour starting at 10:00 a.m. and the last tour starting at 4:00 p.m.

First Peoples House tours

Duration: 30 minutes
Starting location: First Peoples House (front entrance)

The First Peoples House (FPH) is a social, cultural and academic centre for Indigenous students at UVic and serves as a safe and welcoming place that encourages the building of community.

On this tour, you'll see the Ceremonial Hall, curated art and student spaces that feature prominently in the FPH. At the same time, you'll learn about the local Nations, the significance of the building and its art, and the services it provides for Indigenous students.

We ask that all those who enter the First Peoples House do so with respect for the ancestors, the original care takers of this land, and for each other.

FPH tours are offered at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., and all Destination UVic attendees are welcome to participate. However, priority may be given to prospective Indigenous students.

Self-guided residence tours

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Starting location:
Cadboro Commons

If you're applying for residence, set aside time in your Destination UVic schedule for a self-guided tour of our neighbourhoods and communities:

Self-guided tours enable you to check out the rooms that are most important to you. Do you want to see everything we offer, or are you only interested in apartments and townhouses? Are you squeezing it in between other Destination UVic activities, or is residence your top priority?

Visit the Residence tent at Cadboro Commons to pick up a map, plan your tour route, and get your questions answered by UVic staff and current students. You'll also be able to download the map from this website (check back closer to the event).

Important note: you will only be able to visit buildings and rooms that have been prepared in advance for the self-guided tours. To ensure the security and privacy of students currently living in residence, access to other buildings is prohibited.

Plan your day in advance

Get a head start by building your own Destination UVic schedule. Don't forget to leave time for lunch, travel between locations, and a quick stop at the UVic Bookstore!

Event schedule and campus map

Download the Destination UVic schedule and map to see everything we've got in store for you.

You can fill in the blank schedule and print it out ahead of time, or pick up a copy at the check-in and information desk.

Event schedule and map (PDF)

Self-guided residence tours

There are eight different stops on the self-guided residence tour, and you can visit as many or as few as you'd like.

Download the map to plan your route in advance, or pick one up at the Residence tent.

Self-guided residence tours (PDF)

Sample schedules

It's up to you how you'll spend your time at Destination UVic. Here are a few sample schedules to give you an idea of what you can see and do while you're here.

I'm arriving early and leaving early

Activity Start End My notes
Check-in 9:15 9:30 Hopefully it won't take too long to check in
Campus Tour 9:45 11:15 Try to sign up 15 minutes before the tour
Self-guided Residence Tour 11:30 12:30  
Lunch 12:30 1:00 Not a lot of time, so I'll have to grab and go
Information Fair 1:00 1:30  
Registration 101 Presentation 1:45 2:30 I wonder if I'll need to take notes?
Academic Advising 2:30 2:50 Leave 10 minutes to get to the 3pm tour
Athletics & Recreation Tour 3:00 3:30  

I'm arriving later and leaving later

Activity Start End My notes
Check-in 11:15 11:30 I'll go straight from check-in to the info fair
Information Fair 11:30 12:00  
Lunch 12:00 12:45 Where can I eat on campus?
Athletics & Recreation Tour 1:00 1:30 Starts at the CARSA building
Registration 101 Presentation 1:45 2:30 Probably takes five minutes to walk from CARSA to SUB
Academic Advising 2:30 2:50  
Campus Tour 3:00 4:30  
Self-guided Residence Tour 4:30 5:30 I want to see the double and single rooms

I've only got five hours on campus

Activity Start End My notes
Check-in 10:15 10:20  
Information Fair 10:20 10:40 Don't forget to hand in the tuition-prize entry form!
Academic Advising 10:40 11:00 I want to talk to someone about the Psychology program
Campus Tour 11:15 12:45  
Lunch  12:45 1:15 Should I pack a lunch to save time?
Self-guided Residence Tour 1:30 2:30 What does an apartment look like?
Registration 101 Presentation 2:45 3:30 Maybe I'll win a UVic hoodie!

I've got all day on campus

Activity Start End My notes
Check-in 9:30 9:45  
Registration 101 Presentation 9:45 10:30 What do I need to know to register for my engineering courses?
Athletics & Recreation Tour 11:00 11:30 Where is the CARSA building? Check the map
Self-guided Residence Tour 12:00 1:00  
Lunch 1:00 1:45 I think 45 minutes will be enough
Academic Advising 1:45 2:15  
Information Fair 2:15 2:45 I want to speak to someone about co-op
First People's House tour 3:00 3:30  
Campus Tour 3:45 5:15 Finish up with the last tour of the day!


UVic Bookstore

The UVic Bookstore offers much more than just textbooks, with all sorts of UVic gear, a coffee shop and even a kid's section! It's open from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

When you visit the check-in and information desk at the Student Union Building, make sure to get your special discount coupon (good for 20% off of one item at the Bookstore).

Food outlets

If you're looking for a cup of coffee or want to sit down for lunch, you'll find lots of great options across campus. All of our food outlets accept cash, debit or credit, and UVic students can use their ONECards to pay at most locations.

Getting here

At Destination UVic, you'll meet families who have lived in Victoria their entire lives, and others who are visiting Vancouver Island for the very first time. We've got options to help you get here, including free parking for the whole day and complimentary buses from Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal.

Free parking at UVic

If you're travelling in your own vehicle, we'll provide you with free, all-day parking in any of our General Parking lots (refer to the parking map for locations).

After you register, you'll receive a parking access code in your confirmation email. Register your vehicle by entering the code and your license plate number into a UVic parking machine.

Round-trip buses from Swartz Bay

Catch the 8:00 a.m. or 9:00 a.m. ferry from Tsawwassen as a walk-on passenger. We'll pick you up at the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, and get you back for the 5:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. sailing.

Registration for the bus service closes on Friday, May 24, 2019, or when capacity is reached.

Instructions for bus travellers


Destination UVic is open to all students who are applying or have been admitted to undergraduate studies at UVic starting in September 2019.

Registration will remain open until the day of the event. However, registration for the bus service closes on Friday, May 24, 2019, or when capacity is reached.

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  1. Contest is sponsored by the University of Victoria ("UVic").
  2. Contest is open to all individuals who are residents of Canada, excluding Quebec, who meet all of the following requirements:
    1. Submission of a completed application for Full Time study at UVic commencing in Fall 2019;
    2. Acceptance by UVic for Full Time study at UVic commencing in Fall 2019; and
    3. Attendance at Destination UVic on May 25, 2019 ("Entrants").
  3. Contest opens on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. PST and ends on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. PST.
  4. Entrants must submit a ballot to be entered into the contest.
  5. There is a limit of one entry per eligible entrant, and one prize per entrant.
  6. The random draw for the prizes will take place at 10:00 a.m. PST on Tuesday, May 28, 2019.
  7. The selected entrant will be contacted by phone using the contact information provided on the ballot. If a selected Entrant cannot be contacted within 5 days following the first attempt at contact, or if a selected Entrant declines the prize, another random draw will occur and the prize will be awarded to another Entrant.
  8. The selected Entrant must correctly answer a time-limited, skill-testing mathematical question to be awarded the prize.
  9. Entrants agree that their name may be announced on UVic's website and other associated media sites if they are selected as the winner of the draw.
  10. Prize. There will be:
    1. One prize of a $1,000.00 tuition credit toward the Entrant's tuition in a full-time program at UVic for the Academic Year 2019-2020.
    2. Two prizes of a $500.00 tuition credit toward the Entrant's tuition in a full-time program at UVic for the Academic Year 2019-2020.
  11. Prizes are non-transferable and must be accepted as awarded. Prizes are not convertible to cash. In the event that an Entrant withdraws from full-time studies at UVic, no cash refund will be made. Tuition credit cannot be used towards tuition or fees already paid by the selected Entrant.
  12. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  13. Personal Information. UVic will use personal information collected from entrants to administer the contest. UVic will not share personal information relating to entrants with any third parties, except as may be required by law. UVic will not attempt to contact any entrants for any other purpose than as set out in these terms and conditions unless the entrant has consented to receive relevant communications from UVic or as otherwise allowed under applicable laws.
  14. UVic reserves the right to amend these contest rules or to terminate the contest at any time without any liability to any entrant.
  15. UVic assumes no liability for any loss, damage or injury, including but not limited to lost, stolen, delayed, damaged, misdirected, late, destroyed, ineligible or incomplete entries.
  16. The decisions of UVic in relation to this contest will be final and binding on all Entrants.