Destination UVic

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Join us for Destination UVic, a fun-filled event for student applicants and their families to get a taste of student life on campus at the University of Victoria. 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!

At Destination UVic, you'll be able to speak with faculty-specific academic advisors, staff members, and future students who have the same questions as you. It's your first big step toward becoming a university student, and we'll be right beside you from the moment you arrive until the day you graduate.

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, and hand it in at the Student Recruitment booth in the information fair. The contest winner will be drawn on June 4, 2018.

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.

Event schedule

NEW! Our downloadable schedule and map is now available, so that you can see what we've got in store for you. Print it out ahead of time, or pick up your copy at the check-in and information desk.

Download the PDF

Please note that times and locations are subject to change.

All-day activities

Check-in and information desk (9:30 - 4:30)

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 and a discount coupon for the UVic Bookstore.

We'll be here all day to answer your questions and help you find your way around campus.

Academic advising (10:00 - 3:30)

Do you have questions about your program and the courses you should take in your first year at UVic?

Stop by the Upper Lounge in the Student Union Building to speak with an academic advisor from your faculty, so that you can get off to a great start when you arrive in September.

Information fair (10:00 - 3:30)

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

While you're here, don't forget to drop off your entry form for the tuition-credit prize draw!

Scheduled activities

The following activities take place at specific times during the day, and space is limited. You can pre-register for specific sessions and time slots when you sign up for Destination UVic.

Registration 101 presentations

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

Presentations are 45 minutes and take place in the Cinecenta theatre at the Student Union Building. Sessions start at 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15.

Campus tours: student services, residence, and athletics & recreation

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

  • Student services tours and residence tours depart from the Tours tent at the Student Union Building every 15 minutes from 10:00 until 3:15 (last tours end at 4:10).
  • Athletics & recreation tours depart from the lobby of the CARSA Building at 10:15, 11:00, 11:45, 12:30, 1:15, 2:00, 2:15, 2:45, 3:00 and 3:30 (last tour ends at 4:00).
    • When choosing your Athletics & recreation tour time, please allow 10 minutes to walk between the Student Union Building and the CARSA Building.

UPDATE: We've added five more Athletics & recreation tours, starting at 10:30, 11:15, 12:00, 12:45, and 1:30. These tours will be offered on a first-come-first-serve basis, and you can sign up for one by visiting the CARSA Building Lobby on the day of the event.

Student services tours

Duration: 55 minutes

Student services tours include:

  • Bus Loop & Campus Security
  • Campus Services Building
  • David F. Strong Building
  • First Peoples House
  • McKinnon Building
  • McPherson Library
  • Quad & Petch Fountain
  • University Centre

Residence tours

Duration: 55 minutes

Residence tours include:

  • Buildings and neighbourhoods for first-year students
  • Cadboro Commons cafeteria

Each tour includes a look inside one of each type of residence room:

  • Single room
  • Double room
  • Cluster room

Athletics & recreation tours

Duration: 30 minutes

Athletics tours visit the CARSA Building, and include:

  • 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!

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.

Don't forget to check in at the Welcome Centre to get your special discount coupon for Explore UVic attendees.

Food outlets

Outlet Building Hours
Cap's Bistro (breakfast only) Cadboro Commons 7:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Bean There Student Union Building 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Mystic Market: Boardwalk Cafe, General Store University Centre 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Health Food Bar Student Union Building 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Finnerty Express Cafe Bookstore 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Mystic Market: Flamin' Good Grill, Tofino's, Salad Bar University Centre 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Travelling to UVic

If you're travelling in your own vehicle, we'll provide you with free parking on the day of the event (look for the parking code in your confirmation email).

Alternatively, you can take one of our free, round-trip school buses from Courtenay, Nanaimo and the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal.

  • Registration for the bus service closes on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, or when capacity is reached.
  • Every bus rider (including guests) must provide a signed release form to the bus driver or UVic staff member when boarding the school bus.
  • For bus riders under the age of 19, the release form must also be signed by a parent or guardian.

Download the bus release form

Bus schedule

Bus from Courtenay

Morning bus to UVic
  • Meet at the Driftwood Mall at 7:15 a.m. in the parking lot south of Canadian Tire at the corner of Kilpatrick Avenue and 29th Street. Find it on Google Maps
  • The bus will depart at 7:30 a.m. and arrive at UVic's University Centre at 10:30 a.m.
Afternoon bus to Courtenay
  • Meet at the entrance of the University Centre at 3:45 p.m.
  • The bus will depart at 4:00 p.m. and arrive at the Driftwood Mall at 7:00 p.m.

Bus from Nanaimo

Morning bus to UVic
  • Meet at the Woodgrove Centre at 7:45 a.m. in the parking lot north of WalMart and adjacent to the Island Highway. Find it on Google Maps
  • The bus will depart at 8:00 a.m. and arrive at UVic's University Centre at 10:00 a.m.
Afternoon bus to Nanaimo
  • Meet at the entrance of the University Centre at 3:15 p.m.
  • The bus will depart at 3:30 p.m. and arrive at the Woodgrove Centre at 5:30 p.m.

Bus from Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal

Please note that you are responsible for your own BC Ferries fares.

Morning bus to UVic
  • Board the 9:00 a.m. ferry from Tsawwassen as a walk-on passenger. We recommend arriving at the ferry terminal no later than 8:00 a.m. Find it on Google Maps
  • When you arrive in Swartz Bay, look for the bus in the pickup area.
  • The bus will depart at 10:35 a.m. and arrive at UVic's University Centre at 11:15 a.m.
Afternoon bus to Swartz Bay
  • Meet at the entrance of the University Centre at 4:15 p.m.
  • The bus will depart at 4:30 p.m. and arrive at the ferry terminal at 5:15 p.m. (in time for the 6:00 p.m. ferry to Tsawwassen).


Registration for this event is closed.

Terms and Conditions: Tuition Credit Prize Draw

  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 2018;
    2. Acceptance by UVic by June 1, 2018; and
    3. Attendance at Destination UVic on May 12, 2018 ("Entrants").
  3. Contest opens on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. PST and ends on Saturday, May 12, 2018 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 Monday, June 4, 2018.
  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 2018-2019.
    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 2018-2019.
  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.