Explore UVic

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Whether you're applying for September 2019 or just thinking ahead, Explore UVic is your chance to see what we're all about.

Who should attend

  • High school students in grades 10 and 11 starting to research universities
  • High school students in their graduating (Grade 12) years
  • High school graduates ready to begin your post-secondary studies
  • Students transferring to UVic from other post-secondary institutions


There's lots to do at Explore UVic, and you can pick and choose what you'll do and when you'll do it. Take in everything we have to offer, or focus on the activities that matter most to you!

NEW! Our event schedule is now available, and we encourage you to plan your day so that you can make the most of your time.

Download the schedule

Please note that activities, times and locations are subject to change.

Information & faculty fair and campus tours

Check-in & information desk (9:00 - 4:30)

Visit the check-in desk in the McKinnon Gym to get your Explore UVic information package, including a special discount coupon for the UVic Bookstore. Start here if you need help planning your day or finding your way around our campus.

Information & faculty fair (9:00 - 4:30)

Drop by our all-day information & faculty fair in the McKinnon Gym to learn about our academic programs and the support services we provide for students.

See who'll be at the information fair

Campus tours (9:30 - 5:30)

Go on a walking tour of our campus to see some of our favourite spots, led by a current student who can tell you all about their experience at UVic.

Tours are offered throughout the day on a first-come-first-serve basis, and space is limited. The first tour starts at 9:30 a.m., and the last one ends at 5:30 p.m.

Presentations, student panels and sample lectures

Discover Your Edge presentations (9:30 - 5:15)

To help you learn everything you need to know about becoming a UVic student, we're offering three different presentations throughout the day:

  • Grade 12 high school applicants
    • For Grade 12 high school students and recent graduates applying for September 2019
    • Presentations start at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
  • Transfer applicants
    • For students applying to transfer to UVic from other colleges or universities
    • Presentations start at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Future applicants
    • For students who are researching universities and want to learn more about UVic, but are not applying this year
    • Presentations start at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.

Presentations take place in the David Turpin Building and are 45 minutes long.

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

Student experience panels (9:30 - 5:15)

Participate in a student experience panel to meet current UVic students, hear about their experiences and ask questions about life at UVic.

Panels are 45 minutes long and take place every hour in the David Turpin Building. The first panel starts at 9:30 a.m. and the last one ends at 5:15 p.m.

Sample lectures (9:30 - 5:15)

Take in a special lecture by a UVic faculty member to experience a real university classroom environment. We're planning eight lectures on a variety of topics, so that you can see what's in store for you at UVic.

Sample lectures take place in the David Turpin Building, and are 45 minutes long.

See lecture times and topics

Faculty building tours

Get an up-close look at the buildings and classrooms that serve as home bases for our faculties and academic programs. Faculty building tours are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis, and space is limited.

Check out the available tours and times on our event schedule.

Download the schedule

Please note that activities, times and locations are subject to change.


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 visit the check-in desk to get your special discount coupon for Explore UVic attendees.

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.

Location Hours Building
Mystic Market 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. University Centre
Bean There 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Student Union Building
Bean There 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Student Union Building
BiblioCafe 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. McPherson Library
Finnerty Express Cafe 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Bookstore
Cap's Bistro & Market 11:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Cadboro Commons

Getting here

At Explore 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 the 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 7:00 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 Wednesday, January 30, 2019, or when capacity is reached. The bus service is free, but you are responsible for your own BC Ferries fares.


Sign up for Explore UVic today, and start planning your trip to Victoria!

Register now