Explore UVic

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Whether you're applying for September 2020 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 their post-secondary studies
  • Students transferring to UVic from other post-secondary institutions

Event schedule

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!

Check out our tentative activity schedule (PDF) to plan your day and make the most of your time.

Download the schedule (PDF)

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


Check-in & information desk (10:00 - 5:30)

Visit the check-in desk in the University Centre to get your Explore UVic information package. We'll help you plan your day and find your way around campus.

Campus tours (10:00 - 5:15)

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, departing from the University Centre. Space is limited, and you can refer to the schedule for start times.

Discover Your Edge presentations (10:15 - 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 2020
    • Presentations start at 11:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Transfer applicants
    • For students applying to transfer to UVic from other colleges or universities
    • Presentations start at 11:30 a.m. and 3:15 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 10:15 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

Presentations take place in the Engineering and Computer Science Building and are 45 minutes long.

Student experience panels (10:15 - 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 take place throughout the day in the Engineering and Computer Science Building and are 45 minutes long. The first panel starts at 10:15 a.m. and the last one ends at 5:15 p.m.

Sample lectures (10:15 - 5:15)

Take in a special lecture by a UVic faculty member to experience a real university classroom environment. We're planning 14 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 Engineering and Computer Science Building, and are 30 minutes long (with an additional 15 minutes for optional questions).

See lecture times and topics

Information & faculty fair (11:00 - 4:00)

Drop by our information & faculty fair in the Student Union Building to learn about our academic programs and the support services we provide for students.

See who'll be at the information fair

Faculty building tours (10:30 - 4:30)

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 tentative event schedule.

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.

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. - 4:30 p.m. University Centre
Bean There 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Student Union Building
Munchie Bar 11:45 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Student Union Building
BiblioCafe 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. McPherson Library
Starbucks 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Campus Services Building
Cap's Bistro & Market 11:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. Cadboro Commons
Commons Kitchen 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 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.

Bus service from Swartz Bay

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

Pre-registration for the bus service is required, and closes when capacity is reached. Please note that you are responsible for your own BC Ferries fares.


Registration is closed.


UVic Student Recruitment is committed to making our events as accessible and barrier-free as possible. If you have any accessibility needs to participate in our events, please provide details when you register and/or contact us at myuvic@uvic.ca.