Inside of a residence room

As a first-year student, you may be living with your parents and family or you may be venturing out on your own for the first time, either living in residence or off-campus accommodations. Wherever you're living, we hope you make it feel like home.

Residence | Food Services | Off-Campus Living | Transportation | Sustainability


Living in residence provides you with more than just a roof over your head. With neighbours from across Canada and around the world, you'll meet new people and develop friendships that last a lifetime. Your proximity to classes, libraries and other study spaces makes it easy to thrive as a student and you'll always have something to do, with many events and activities readily available.

Here are a few more benefits of living in residence:

    • Community Leaders (CLs), upper-year students who live in residence with you, are available to provide guidance and support
    • Regular events and programs to keep you connected with your friends and the UVic community
    • Central front desk for when you need to pick up a package, you've locked yourself out or just have a question about residence

Food Services

Hungry? Food Services is here to help you out.  

Fun Stuff

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Like free food and fun swag? Keep your eyes peeled for  the UVic Foodie Trike, monthly pop-up shops around campus and frequent giveaways on Instagram. Visit @uvicfood

If you're living in a dormitory-style residence (excludes apartments and cluster rooms), you will be placed on a mandatory residence meal plan. The meal plan is automatically added to your ONECard and has a non-refundable allotment of money for purchasing food in applicable dining outlets.

If you are living off-campus or in cluster housing, you can choose to purchase a tax-exempt meal plan that can be used at applicable on-campus dining outlets.

Get the most out of your campus meals:

  • Have dietary needs? Need support with meal planning? Book a free appointment with our on-staff registered dietitians to get support for your food and diet releated concerns. 
  • Hours of operation for food outlets on campus change during holidays and exam periods. 
  • View nutritional information for most standard menu items before you make a purchase.
  • Want to know what's cooking? Keey an eye on our Daily Specials for information on lunch and dinner specials and soups. 

Off-campus living

While many students choose to live in residence in their first-year, many others choose to live off campus. If you’re looking for an off-campus home, works in partnership with UVic to provide off-campus listings for renters and landlords. Before signing a lease, we encourage you to review the BC Tenancy Act to learn your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.

If you’re living off-campus, we encourage you to foster positive relationships with the residents in your neighbourhood and to understand your rights and responsibilities as a community member.

    • Get to know your neighbours. Knowing your neighbours will help you to better understand each other in case any issues arise. Introduce yourself when you move in and say hello when you see them coming and going.
    • Know your neighbourhood rules. Your rights and responsibilities as a resident may differ depending on what community you’ve chosen to live in. Make sure you know the rules about garbage disposal, property maintenance, noise levels and more.
    • Maintain your rental unit. Create a regular schedule for cleaning and maintenance. Completing these tasks on a regular basis creates a healthy living environment and also helps to ensure there are no lasting damages.
    • Get involved in your community. Many Victoria neighbourhoods have neighbourhood associations that plan events and activities for their residents, as well as discuss issues that may have arisen. Participating is a great way to be an active community member. 


Whether you’re living off-campus or just looking to explore Victoria, BC transit is a great option. All students enrolled in at least one on-campus course have automatic access to a U-Pass, which provides free unlimited travel on all BC Transit Buses.

UVic is home to a central transit exchange, located between the bookstore and Student Union Building, and many bus routes begin or end at the university. 

Bus Route Travels via...
4 UVic/Downtown Douglas, Hillside and Henderson
7 UVic/Downtown Fairfield, Foul Bay and Henderson
11 UVic/Tillicum Mall Gorge, Douglas, Fort, Cadboro Bay and Uplands
12 University Heights Cedar Hill, Kenmore, San Juan, Arbutus, Finnerty
13 UVic/Ten Mile Point Sinclair, Cadboro Bay, Arbutus
14 UVic/Vic General Helmcken, Craigflower, Douglas, Fort, Yates, Richmond and Cedar Hill X Road
15 UVic/Downtown/Esquimalt Express Esquimalt, Fort and Foul Bay
16 UVic/Uptown Express McKenzie
17 UVic/Cedar Hill (September to June, AM only) Quadra and McKenzie
26 UVic/Dockyard Esquimalt, Lampson, Tillicum, Saanich and McKenzie
39 UVic/Royal Roads McKenzie, Shelbourne, Royal Oak to Western Exchange and Royal Roads University
51 UVic/Langford  McKenzie, Trans Canada Hwy and Island Hwy

Buses run 365 days a year, typically from 6 a.m. to midnight. Up-to-date information on all bus routes can be found at, the Transit App or using Google Maps.

BC Transit also offers special trips to Swartz Bay for students travelling to Vancouver for the weekend. The 76 UVic/Swartz Bay operates Friday service to Swartz Bay only and Sunday service to UVic only, from September to April. 




At UVic, we are committed to sustainability and reducing our environmental impact. Read the Student Sustainability Guidebook to learn more!

Here are some initiatives and tips to help you live sustainably while at university:

Recycling and Waste Reduction

UVic has a comprehensive recycling program to help reduce waste. Make sure to:

  • Locate sort-it-out stations across campus and sort your waste responsibly:
    • Compost food scraps and soiled paper products in the green bins.
    • Paper and paper products (no liquids please!) into the blue bins.
    • Hard plastics and metals (food cans, beverage cans, tin foil)
  • Reduce single-use items by carrying a reusable water bottle and fill at one of the many fill stations on campus (map!)
  • Bring a reusable coffee cup and get a 0.25 discount on your coffee or tea, anywhere on campus.

Energy Conservation

Help us save energy by:

  • Turning off lights, computers, and other electronics when not in use.
  • Unplug! Stop phantom energy loss and plug in only what you’re using.
  • Take shorter showers – heating water uses lots of energy!
  • Participating in energy-saving initiatives and events on campus.

Sustainable Transportation

In addition to the U-Pass program, UVic supports sustainable transportation options:

  • Bike Share: UVic offers a bike loan program through BikeHUB. Find a covered bike rack HERE!
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: There are several EV charging stations available on campus for those driving electric vehicles.
  • Car Share options: EVO and MODO are both available on campus.
  • Share the Space: UVic is a shared space for pedestrians and cyclists – but please give pedestrians the right of way!

Sustainable Food Choices

Make environmentally friendly food choices by:

  • Try out meat-less Mondays! Enjoy one of the many delicious plant-based meal option on campus.
  • Supporting local and sustainable food vendors on campus, keeping an eye out for Fair Trade and other certifications!
  • Grab an Eco-box for your take-out on campus to lower single use packaging.