COVID-19 information

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2021–22 academic year

We hope to offer a full range of room types in September 2021, although we have not confirmed the final number of beds available. We will update this information over the next few months. Our primary goal is to build positive communities in residence while maintaining the health and safety of our staff and students. As provincial health orders change, we will update physical distancing and mask requirements, residence community standards, and our cleaning and disinfection protocols.

BC health authorities anticipate that all eligible recipients who wish to be vaccinated against COVID-19 will receive their vaccination in the summer of 2021. Some COVID-19 health and safety regulations, however, may remain in place for the 2021-22 academic year. This web page and communications to applicants and residents will reflect changing conditions.

Unit types

We are offering a limited number of ‘super single’ room types this year as an alternative to a standard dorm single.  Super Singles are double rooms that have been transformed by removing one of the beds, which increases the living space for one person. Residence fees are adjusted to reflect this. We will also offer our standard singles, shared four bedroom Cluster units, and some double rooms as health requirements permit.

First-year priority

We have temporarily replaced UVic’s first-year guarantee with a first-year priority lottery. First-year students who apply to live in residence by June 30 will be given a number by lottery to determine the order in which rooms will be assigned.  We are unable to guarantee first-year students a space in residence due to the possibility of continued occupancy limits due to COVID-19, but we hope to accommodate all first-year students who apply by June 30th.

First-year applicants will be given priority over other applicants, except for a limited number of units or beds that fall under special agreements and scholarships.

Application & lottery process

Applications for housing will be accepted until June 30. Applications received after June 30 will be placed on a waitlist, and will not be entered in the lottery.

Rooms are assigned by lottery number in early July. First-year students, upper-year undergraduate students, and graduate students are entered in separate lotteries. First-year applicants will be given priority over other applicants, except for a limited number of units or beds that fall under special agreements and scholarships.

Dates & deadlines

The deadline to apply for housing is June 30, 2021.

This application deadline applies to all students interested in living on campus in Fall 2021. Applicants will be given a number by lottery to determine the order in which rooms are assigned. First-year students, upper-year undergraduate students, and graduate students are entered in separate lotteries.

Options for applicants

Defer your attendance to UVic

First-year students who have decided not to attend UVic in the fall of 2021 may defer their attendance at UVic, which will automatically defer the first-year housing priority to Fall 2022. We are unable to defer first-year housing priority if you do not defer your official university admittance.

COVID-19 health & safety guidelines

Residence Services is committed to maintaining safe and healthy communities. As a resident you will be part of a community that is expected to respect safety for all. Our current standards for COVID-19 (in the spring of 2021) include:

  1. occupancy limits in rooms and buildings
  2. guest restrictions for residents
  3. social distancing requirements
  4. wearing masks in common areas
  5. no food consumption in common lounges

We anticipate that some of these restrictions may continue into 2021-22. Our contract and Community Standards reflect the most current provincial health orders and the university’s health and safety guidelines. Our staff will enforce health and safety standards, and our housekeeping teams will follow required cleaning and disinfection protocols.

Applicants to residence will receive regular updates on our Community Standards over the summer of 2021, including health and safety requirements. It is your responsibility to stay up-to-date with rules and Community Standards in residence before moving in.

Self-isolation in residence

In 2020-21, Residence Services developed a successful self-isolation process for students in collaboration with the UVic Student Wellness Centre. The process is outlined in our Wellness During COVID-19 brochure, and includes short and long-term self-isolation requirements for residents who developed symptoms and/or were being tested for COVID-19 and/or were asked to self-isolate due to COVID-19 exposure. This process may continue into the 2021-22 academic year if required, and information will be shared with all applicants and residents.

Our community

Living in residence is an important part of your university experience—you will meet new friends and have opportunities to share ideas, fun and education. Our Residence Life and Education staff, including our team of Community Leaders, will offer opportunities for residents to connect, make friends, and explore the university and the community.  Our programs in 2021-22 may include a mixture of virtual and face-to-face opportunities to connect. Our staff will continue to provide one-on-one support as well as referrals to UVic’s many resources.  Our staff are also responsible for monitoring and upholding our community standards, outlined in our contract as well as our Community Living Handbook.

Living Learning Communities (LLCs)

In 2021-22 we are offering the Health and Wellness Community, the Sustainability Community, the Global Citizenship Community, the Leadership and Civic Engagement Community, and the Arts Collective. We are also offering quiet and substance-free communities, and some accommodation for graduate students.

Although this is fewer LLCs than we offered pre-Covid, this decision was made in order to uphold the quality of our programs.  We want to ensure the LLCs operating in 2021-22 achieve the learning and social experience that students expect, and we hope to return to our full program in 2022-23.

International students

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions have been put in place that limit travel to Canada. Before you make travel arrangements, please review the information on International Student Services’ website to ensure you meet the travel exemptions to travel to Canada and you have a plan to self-isolate upon arrival. Please note that there are different COVID-19 testing and self-isolation requirements depending on if you are arriving to Canada by land or air.

International students who accept a room offer for fall 2021 may still be required to plan for 14-day self-isolation period off-campus. We are not able to offer self-isolation accommodation in our residence buildings to students arriving from out-of-country. 

For further information support for International Students, please check International Student Services' website. They will be providing details how to plan for your arrival in Canada, including a list of options for locations where you could self-isolate.

Still have questions?

If you have any questions or concerns about on-campus student housing, please contact

We understand you have questions about the 2021-22 fall session. UVic is actively planning for the upcoming academic year with your health and safety as our highest priority. Read the latest update on the Fall term or see our plans for course delivery and tuition. We will provide more details as soon as they are available.