Health & Wellness

Two students playing squash

Health and wellness is essential to student success and we offer many services that strive to support your wellbeing. Whether you need to see a doctor for a lingering cold, need a way to relieve some stress, are looking for someone to talk to or just want a way to stay active, we have you covered. 

Student Wellness Centre | Counselling | UVic HealthMultifaithHealth Insurance | Athletics & Recreation | Mental Health & Well-Being 

Student Wellness Centre

The Student Wellness Centre is made up of Counselling, Health and Multifaith. We aim to support UVic students' well-being: emotionally, physically and spiritually. 


We offer free, professional, confidential, inclusive counselling, both individually and in groups or workshops. If you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed about managing your courses, unsure how to meet people or uncertain about your career path, Counselling can help. Our programmings includes:

  • Individual and group counselling
  • Counselling for Indigenous students
  • An wide range of groups and workshops
  • Career exploration and planning

We have both pre-booked appointments and same-day appointments available Monday - Friday. Same-day appointments are first-come, first-served each day. We are located in the Health and Wellness Building.


We offer confidential, primary health care on-campus, including: 

    • Medical care
    • Mental health support
    • Immunizations
    • Wellness education
    • Sexual health
    • Management of chronic illness

We have both pre-booked appointments and same-day appointments with doctors and nurses available Monday - Friday. We recommend choosing pre-booked appointments whenever possible to find a time that works best for your schedule. For unexpected, urgent medical concerns, we offer same-day appointments. We are located in the Health and Wellness Building.  


We offer opportunities to connect around religious traditions, spiritual interests and community activities. The diverse team of spiritual care providers offer prayer and pastoral counselling, meditation and yoga and workshops on a variety of topics. Our programming includes: 

  • Events and weekly activities, from yoga and meditation to drumming circles
  • Prayer and religious services provided by diverse spiritual care providers
  • Opportunities to connect and build community
  • Space available for a quiet moment, prayer or meditation

We are located in the Multifaith Centre. 


Health insurance

The UVSS Enhanced Health & Dental Plan provides extended health and dental coverage for all undergraduate students who are registered in at least three units of classes or on a co-op work term. The plan is intended to cover expenses not covered by the Medical Services Plan for BC residents (MSP) and other basic health care programs.

If you have equivalent health coverage from a different plan (e.g. a parent’s or spouse’s employee plan), you may choose to opt out of the health portion, the dental portion or the plan in its entirety during the change-of-coverage period, which typically takes place at the beginning of a term. Students must opt out each year they attend UVic. You may also choose to opt down to a Basic Health and/or Dental Plan with less coverage at a lower cost. 

For international students, the cost of health care in Canada is very high if you do not have health insurance. Having both primary and extended health insurance provides you with comprehensive coverage and ensure that medical issues will not cause financial difficulties or compromise your academic progress. While most domestic students and returning international students have access to primary insurance through a provincial health plan, most NEW international students will be enrolled in a mandatory temporary medical insurance, the plan, to ensure they have coverage at the start of the term. Students who will study in BC for more than six months must enrol in BC MSP upon arrival. To learn more about health insurance in Canada, visit the health insurance webpage


Athletics & Recreation

Vikes Athletics and Recreation is your campus starting point for leading an active, healthy life. We offer a state-of-the art recreation and athletics facility, surrounded by a number of playing fields, as well as group fitness and programs to help you meet your goals.  

    • Get fit and stay active at the Centre for Athletics, Recreation, and Special Abilities (CARSA), our fully equipped, two-story fitness and weight-training facility
    • Test your limits on the 16-metre climbing wall or learn the basics of bouldering
    • Bring your game face to our enormous indoor field house, with space for a variety of drop-in sports including basketball, floor hockey and badminton
    • Enjoy competition in one of our bright squash courts
    • Take part in recreation classes, including spin, TRX, kickboxing, yoga, pilates and martial arts
    • Participate in intramurals or join a recreation sports club
    • Show your school spirit for one of our 16 Vikes varsity teams

Vikes Nation

Male student wearing a Vikes Nation t-shirt at a varsity game

Vikes Nation is the heart beat of UVic's school spirit. It's a movement that spreads the blue & gold love across campus and hosts active events that draw thousands of students just like you to be a part of the campus culture.

Vikes Nation is your connection to active living, the UVic community and Vikes spirit. 

Let's live active, be healthy and thrive together! 

Learn more

For most UVic students, a base membership is included in your student fees, which includes access to the McKinnon pool and weight room, the Ian Stewart Complex ice rink, CARSA squash courts and regular season varsity home games. Additional levels of membership are available for purchase that give you access to the CARSA Fitness Weight Centre, CARSA Climbing Centre and group fitness classes.

Mental health & well-being

As you begin your studies at UVic, you can expect many aspects of your life to change. Many students look forward to the start of university with both excitement and apprehension and it's normal to feel a little anxious.

Your mental health and well-being is a priority for us. As a new UVic student, you're joining a strong community that cares about you and wants to help you succeed and thrive. There are many strategies you can adopt and numerous supports available on campus and online to improve your mental health and well-being.

Visit UVic's Student Mental Health website

If you have a past or existing mental health condition, you may want to familiarize yourself with the resources that are available to you. You can contact these resources prior to the start of your studies to learn more about their services and ensure a smooth transition.

Want to hear about mental health at university straight from current students? Visit the Student Mental Health blog