FAQs for on-campus housing

We are committed to progressing through the room offer process quickly this summer to minimize stress on all remaining on-campus housing applicants. We will email our applicants regularly to provide updated information as best we can. Thank you for your continued patience.

Will I need to be vaccinated to live on campus?*

*Updated September 1* 

The BC government announced the new BC Vaccine Card program on August 23. The program includes on-campus student housing, and states that students must be partially vaccinated by September 7, 2021.

  • If you have not been vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to have your first vaccine before you move-in on Sunday, September 5th.
  • You will be asked during the residence check-in process to provide health authority or government issued proof of your vaccination status.
  • If you have not received your first vaccine before September 5th, you are required to attend the UVic vaccination clinic on September 7th to receive this vaccine. You must have your second vaccine by October 17th in order to be fully immunized by the October 24th deadline set by the Provincial Health Officer. 
  • University staff will follow-up to ensure that all students in residence receive both first and second vaccinations by appropriate deadlines.
  • Vaccinations will be available for all students at on-campus vaccination clinics

As a student living in residence, you will share washrooms, lounges, dining halls and public areas with other students, and you will also interact with UVic staff. Residence Services is doing everything we can to help ensure safety in our residence community, following public health guidelines and providing a self-isolation procedure for students who become ill. While there is no way to assure complete safety from sickness during the pandemic, vaccination is our best defence. UVic strongly encourages all members of our community to receive a vaccination as soon as they are eligible.

Vaccines cause your body to produce antibodies that will help to protect you and those who are not vaccinated or are susceptible to infection from getting sick if exposed to the virus. Public health authorities encourage all British Columbians to learn about the benefits and safety of the vaccine and consider vaccination to protect themselves and others. The COVID-19 vaccine is available to everyone 12+ who lives or works in BC.

How will I connect with other students if I'm not living on campus?

Regardless of whether or not you're living on campus, we have programs and resources to help you meet other students, including our New Student Connect programcourse unions and clubs.

The New Student Connect program is an online university community where new students from all over the world connect with others entering their first-year at UVic. The program offers the opportunity for new students to connect with both peers and programming relevant to their needs. By participating in the program, new UVic students are paired with an upper-year student mentor called an Engage Leader (EL).

Visit UVic Orientation for additional information and events for new students and second-year students.

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If you still have questions or concerns about on-campus housing and space assignments, please don't hesitate to reach out to  or call 250-472-4534.