Parking and transportation services

Rates and permits

All motor vehicles parked on the Gordon Head Campus must obtain a valid parking permit Monday to Saturday, 24 hours a day. There is no charge for parking on Sundays and BC statutory holidays. Permits are virtual and do not need to be displayed. Your permit is tracked using your vehicle license plate and is required at the time of purchase.

Visitor parking

Visitors to campus may park at a short term meter or use one of the many permit dispensers located in parking lots around campus. Please note that reserved spaces on campus are marked and require a reserved permit.

More information

Whether you are a first time visitor, or have been on campus for awhile, please familiarize yourself with parking and transportation options on campus prior to your arrival.

Getting to campus - other than by SOV

As the University of Victoria is a destination point for upwards of 20,000 individuals on any given day, there are a multitude of options available to get you to the campus. Walking is a popular choice for those living a short distance from the campus.     

With subsidized bus passes for qualifying employees and a subsidized bus pass for all students, UVic has the second most active transit hub in Greater Victoria. There are eight different transit routes that access the University.

Victoria is well known for its extensive cycling routes and wonderful scenery. A number of cycling routes access the university. Bike racks are located adjacent to every building on the campus and a small U-fixit area has been provided beside the north doors of the Parkade at the UVic Centre.

If you are driving to the university there are 16 parking lots located on campus, with more than 4000 parking stalls. Centrally located lots experience the highest occupancy, however there are always parking stalls available at the outer lots.

Student UPASS

UVic is the second most active transit hub in the Greater Victoria region. Each day buses serve eight regular transit routes to and from campus, each linked to the entire Victoria Regional transit network.

All students taking at least one course on campus have a U-Pass, and employees are able to purchase the new discounted Employee Bus Pass. Each is valid for travel throughout the region, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Please visit the BC Transit website for detailed schedule information.

Visitors to campus can use the full range of bus passes available from BC Transit, from a one-way ticket, to a day pass, to a monthly pass.

Employee Bus Pass

The intent of the subsidized Employee Bus Pass is to offer UVic continuing employees the option of using subsidized transit instead of commuting by vehicle to the Gordon Head Campus and thus having to purchase an annual parking permit.  These bus passes are not transferable—they’re for use by eligible employees only. The eligible employee must agree to purchase the transit pass for their sole personal use to commute to the University of Victoria Gordon Head Campus. Eligible employees will have a regular, full time appointment and cannot purchase a regular monthly parking permit.

In compliance with Canada Revenue Agency regulations, the UVic investment toward employee participation in the Employee Bus Pass program is considered a taxable benefit. The deduction from your paycheque will be the tax on the UVic portion.  If you have any questions regarding the Employee Bus Pass or Flexi-Pass program, please call Campus Security at 250-721-7599. See the UVic Travel Choices website for extensive information on taking transit to and from campus, or visit the Campus Security office to purchase your Employee Bus Pass.

PLEASE NOTE: Any outstanding balance on your account must be paid in full prior to your bus pass purchase.

Cycling

Victoria is well known for its extensive and scenic cycling routes. With UVic's extensive cycling facilities, including showers, lockers and over 2000 bike parking spaces on campus, cycling is easy to factor into your travel plans.

Visit the UVic Travel Choices website for extensive information on cycling to, from and within campus.

Walking

The average adult walking speed is 4.3 km/h. In a half-hour, you can cover over 2 km.

If your 2 km. drive to campus took ten minutes (including finding parking, and walking to your building), for an investment of an additional 20-minutes, you get 30 minutes of exercise, save the cost of gas, parking and wear and tear on your vehicle, and don't need to pay for parking.

Visit the UVic Travel Choices website for extensive information on walking to, from and within campus.

Car Share - Modo

UVic has a Partnership Membership with Modo! As a member through the UVic carshare program, you also have access to all the cars in Modo fleet around Greater Victoria and Metro Vancouver.

As a Member-Owner (individual plan Modo Plus rates) in the carshare program, you can use Modo's 24-hour online booking system to reserve a vehicle. When finished, just return the car to the same location. 

Locations at UVic:

  • Two cars are located at Lot 2 by Campus Security
  • One car is located at the Family Student Housing (FSH) complex

Rates and qualifications:

Employees and Family Student Housing

UVic will pay the membership fee (a value of $500) for qualifying employees and FSH students, and you pay the regular usage fees (Modo Plus rates).

The program is available for full-time and continuing employees who normally work at the Gordon Head Campus or students living in Family Student Housing who do not have a parking permit.

See the application forms below and the Modo website for more details and driving eligibility requirements.

Graduate Students

The Grad student program is for UVic graduate students as members of the Graduate Students' Society (GSS). For an non-refundable fee of $50 to the GSS, students can join Modo for as long as they are members of the GSS. Contact the GSS for more information.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations

UVic has seven Level 2 (240 v), 60 amp electric vehicle charging stations. These EV chargers are available for the campus community and guests to top up their electric car batteries 24/7 in meter parking spaces.

Locations:

  • Four EV stations are beside the Campus Security Building in parking lot #2
  • One EV station is at University House One (UH1)
  • Two EV stations next to Fine Arts building in parking lot #6

A paid parking session or UVic parking permit is required.

For a map of electric vehicle charging stations locally and across North America, go to www.plugshare.com/.

UVic Motor Pool Rentals

Do you need a vehicle occasionally for university business? Campus Security maintains a Motor Pool Fleet available for rental by UVic employees. Vehicle options include mini vans (seating up to 8 including driver) as well 1 ton cube van -- and are available for short or long term rentals. For more information call 250-721-6557 and see Campus Security.

Motorcycle and Scooter Parking

Motorcycle and scooter parking — including several covered areas —is located in numerous lots around campus. Limited speed motorcycles (without pedals, and requiring a license, registration and insurance) require a motorcycle permit and must be parked in motorcycle parking areas. See the parking map for details.

Motorist Assistance Program

Campus Security is pleased to offer this complimentary service to the University community. Dead Battery, car won't start, flat tire, locked out, ran out of gas? We can help. Just call our 24 hour dispatch center for service. 250-721-7599

  • Officers will provide a battery boost device for you to start your vehicle.
  • Assistance can be provided to help you locate a missing vehicle.
  • Totem Towing will provide fuel, lockout or other services at preferred rates.

Vehicles must be located on University property to recieve assistance. On site service may be delayed due to call volume.