Connecting to others

Social life, friends, & community at UVic

Having a social network is an extremely important foundation for positive mental health. There are lots of benefits to joining clubs, course unions, intramurals and teams on campus. Opportunities arise throughout the year, so don’t worry if you are not able to get involved in something right away. In addition to social connections, making academic connections can help decrease stress by providing support and guidance in your studies.

To make social and academic connections on campus, here are some options you may want to consider:

  • Join UVSS advocacy groups, clubs, and course unions by attending Club and Course Union Days at the beginning of each semester or by visiting the UVSS website.
  • Attend Conversation Cafés for students looking to learn other languages.
  • Check out the UVic Global Community for social events and supports for international students.
  • Consider volunteering on campus.
  • If you live in residence, familiarize yourself with the Residence Resource Hub – a shared space that connects students to centralized academic, wellness, and social programs and resources.
  • Attend various events on campus.
  • Visit your instructor or professor during office hours or talk to your class' teaching assistant to get educational support.
  • Volunteering in a research lab is a great way to make academic connections and get to know your professors better. This also allows you to learn new skills and gain hands-on experience for your resume.
  • Study groups are a great way to get to know your peers. You can book study rooms in the McPherson library to independently organize study groups or group work.