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Housing & transportation

Searching for housing in a new city, and especially a new country, can be challenging. Whether you choose to live in residence or off campus, take time to think about what type of accommodation will best suit your needs.

On-campus housing

There are a variety of on-campus housing options for students.

Visit Residence Services to find out what's available and apply online. Space is limited, so apply as soon as possible.

Off-campus housing

Searching for housing in a new city, and especially a new country, can be challenging. If you plan to live off campus, it will be important to familiarize yourself with the available options, understand some key considerations, and know how to avoid scams.

Transportation

Transit system

UVic is a major transit hub. Plan your commute on Victoria's transit system which operates 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Most students registered in at least one on-campus course for credit will be enrolled in the U-Pass program.

Starting September 2023, you'll need to use the new Umo mobile app or a reloadable Umo card to show proof of payment on all buses in the Victoria Regional Transit System. The UVic ONECard will no longer operate as your bus pass.

You'll need to activate your U-Pass every term with that term's unique-to-you UVic benefit code.

Exchange and visiting research students: You are not automatically enrolled in the U-Pass program. You can opt in by purchasing a University of Victoria Students' Society or Graduate Students' Society membership package.

Cycling

Visit our campus cycling hub to learn about the Campus Bike Centre, bike sharing and loan programs, showers and change rooms, lockers, route maps and more.

Driving

You must have a valid driver’s licence and insurance to drive a vehicle in British Columbia. Visit Get your identification for more information. If you have questions, contact the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) more information.

UVic offers alternative driving options including car sharing programs, you don't have your own car. We also have a range of parking options.

Taxis

Taxis in Victoria are operated by well-established companies that provide safe transportation and electronically metered fares.