Explore UVic

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Whether you're applying for September 2018 or just thinking ahead, Explore UVic is your chance to see what we're all about. We're excited to welcome you to our campus and show you all of the reasons why UVic students love being a part of our extraordinary academic environment.

Are you energized by world-class programs? Do you have a strong desire to make an impact? Or are you just looking for opportunities that you can't get anywhere else?

Whatever it is that motivates you, you'll find it at the University of Victoria.

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. Plan your day to take in everything we have to offer, or focus on the activities that matter most to you!

Times and locations are subject to change, so make sure to drop by the information desk to get the latest updates.

Check-in & information desk (8:15 - 4:15)

Visit the Welcome Centre to pick up your Explore UVic information package, including a special discount coupon for the UVic Bookstore. This is the best place to start if you need help planning your day or finding your way around our campus.

Check-in and late registration starts at 8:15 a.m., and the information desk will be open until 4:15 p.m.

Information fair (8:30 - 4:00)

Campus tours (8:45 - 5:30)

Join a walking tour of our campus to see some of our favourite spots, from the Student Union Building and CARSA to Mystic Market and the Quad. Your guide will be a current student who can tell you all about their experience at UVic.

Campus tours are approximately 90 minutes long, and depart from the University Centre at 8:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Tours are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis, and we recommend signing up at least 10-15 minutes ahead of a tour's start time.

Presentations & student panels (9:00, 10:00, 2:00, 3:00)

Make time to find out everything you need to know about becoming a UVic student. You'll get an overview of admissions for high school and transfer students, learn about the next steps after you apply, and get your questions answered by a panel of current UVic students. Above all, you'll see how we support you throughout your time at UVic.

Presentations and student panels take place in the David Turpin Building (Room A120) at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., and are approximately 50 minutes long.

Sample lectures (9:00, 10:00, 2:00, 3:00)

Take in a special lecture by a UVic faculty member to experience a real university classroom environment. We're planning four 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 (Room A110), and are approximately 50 minutes long.

Faculty fairs & tours (10:30 - 2:30)

Visit our faculties to meet your future professors and talk to current students who can tell you about our academic programs and departments. You'll see the buildings and classrooms that serve as home bases for our faculties and schools, and learn about the opportunities available to you.

Each faculty will hold an information fair from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., with building tours starting at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m.

Tours are offered on a first-come-first-serve basis, and we recommend signing up at least 10-15 minutes ahead of a tour's start time.

Check back closer to the event for more details.

Sample lecture topics

Check out the topics we've got in store for you, and start planning which lectures you'll attend. Sample lectures take place in the David Turpin Building (Room A110), and are approximately 50 minutes long.

9:00 a.m. - To be announced

Details for this sample lecture will be announced as soon as they become available.

10:00 a.m. - Stereochemistry: Molecular Handshakes Between Medicines and their Targets in the Body

Dr. Fraser Hof, Faculty of Science

Stereochemistry is the study of molecular shapes. Molecules act on their surroundings by binding to other molecules, and their shapes determine which other molecules they bind to.

Meet Dr. Fraser Hof and learn about about chirality—a form of stereochemistry that is especially important for the chemistry of medicines and of life.

2:00 p.m. - Game Over: Are video games better than books?

Dr. Chris Goto-Jones, Faculty of Humanities

Join Dr. Chris Goto-Jones and explore the provocative question of whether video games have replaced books as the pre-eminent expression of the human spirit in contemporary societies. If so, should we lament or celebrate this? And why?

3:00 p.m. - Information Security: The CIA Triad

Dr. Bill Bird, Faculty of Engineering

Communicating on the internet is like shouting across a crowded room: your message can be overheard by anyone who listens, not just the intended recipient. The study of information security includes methods to keep private messages secret, but also includes methods to prevent impersonation and ensure reliability.

Join Dr. Bill Bird from the School of Computer Science to learn about three core facets of information security known as "The CIA triad": Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability.


Looking for food or a souvenir from your visit? We've got you covered.

Food outlets

If you need 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.

Learn more about eating on campus.

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! Don't forget to check in at the Welcome Centre to get your special discount coupon.

The Bookstore is open from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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 complimentary buses from the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal and free parking for the whole day.

Round-trip buses from Swartz Bay

Catch the 7:00 a.m. ferry from Tsawwassen as a walk-on passenger, and when you arrive at Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal we'll be there to meet you! At the end of the day, we'll return you to Swartz Bay for the 5:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. sailing.

The bus service is free, but you are responsible for your own BC Ferries fares.

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 email prior to the event. Register your vehicle by entering the code and your license plate number into a UVic parking machine.


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

Register now

Registration for the complimentary bus service closes the day before the event, or when capacity is reached.