First-year & deferral students


First-year guarantee for Fall 2024

Current eligible high-school students in their graduating year are able to apply to live in residence when the application opens on the first Monday in February, 2024.

To be eligible for first-year guarantee housing for the 2024-25 academic year, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Graduate from high school in 2024
  • Not attend a post-secondary institution (college or university) prior to attending UVic
  • Apply for residence by the May 1 application deadline. You don't need to wait for an offer of admission to apply for residence.

Please note: Students who were approved for an admission deferral from the previous academic year (i.e. from Fall 2023 to Fall 2024) are considered as first-year guarantee students for housing purposes.

How and when to apply

The application for the 2024-25 year will open on the first Monday in February and the deadline is May 1

Before you begin your residence application, make sure you have your NetLink ID and an email address that you will use for at least the next 12 months. You will need to pay the non-refundable $50 application fee by credit card or debit. This fee is paid online as part of the application process.

Apply for residence between the first Monday in February and May 1.
Applications submitted after the May 1 deadline will not be eligible for the first-year guarantee and will be added to our waitlist.

Accommodation preferences

When you apply, you will be able to rank five preferences for housing type (including selecting a room type and a community).

First-year students are eligible to select dormitory housing (single and double rooms) and selected LLC communities that are in pod-style housing only.

Please be advised that we try our best to accommodate room preferences whenever possible, however requests for a particular room type are not guaranteed.

Apply for a living learning community

If you are interested in a living learning community - a residence where you'll live with students who share your interests, you must submit a supplemental application (as part of the residence application process). Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their answers, including examples of:

  • experience and genuine interest in the theme
  • ability to actively contribute to the theme and their community

Living learning community applications are evaluated by the LLC committee and will be ranked according to the quality of answers to the supplemental question. Room offers to the living learning communities are based on these rankings, as well as the housing application submission date.

We look forward to reading your application and welcoming you to one of our many fantastic communities!

Can I request a roommate?

Yes, you may request a roommate through your residence application in the Housing Portal. Roommate requests must be verified (mutually confirmed) in order to be considered. We will facilitate roommate requests when possible however we cannot make guarantees.

After I apply

  • Residence Services will send room offers via email between April and August. Qualifying first-year guarantee students can expect to hear from us predominantly throughout the months of May and June.
  • If you receive a room offer in April, May or June, you have 4 days to accept the offer by paying the $500.00 non-refundable acceptance fee, the $250 security deposit, and agreeing to the Residence Contract terms.
  • If you receive a room offer in July or August, you have 48 hours to accept your offer by paying the $500.00 non-refundable acceptance fee, the $250 security deposit, and agreeing to the Residence Contract terms.
  • If you receive a room offer and do not accept within the given timeline, the offer will be cancelled.
  • Students who receive a room offer will receive one offer only.


  • If you wish to cancel your residence application, and you haven't received a room offer, you may do so through the Housing Portal. On the Application Status page, look for the "Cancel Application" option. Please note that the $50 application fee is non-refundable.
  • If you have accepted a room offer and wish to cancel your room you must send a written cancellation notice to Residence Admissions:  
  • Applications are non-transferable. Your application fee is non-refundable and may not be used towards a future application.
  • If you cancel your housing offer on or before August 23, you will lose your $500 acceptance deposit.
  • If you cancel your housing offer between August 24 and your move-in date, you will lose your $500 acceptance fee and your $250 security deposit.
  • If you cancel on or after your move-in date, you will lose 60-days of accommodation (charge) and your $250 security deposit. For meal plan cancellation penalties, please check with Food Services.