Fall 2021

We are committed to providing students and families with the latest information and are updating this page and our FAQs regularly throughout July and August.

On this page:

Covid-19 Guidelines for Students

See our BROCHURE if you are feeling unwell, have questions about self-isolation, or are wondering about other Covid-19 protocols.

Vaccination Requirement

The BC government announced the new BC Vaccine Card program on August 23. The program includes on-campus student housing, and states that students living in residence were required to have their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine by September 7, 2021.

Proof of vaccination must be presented to Residence Services staff by September 23, 2021. Students must receive their second vaccination no later than October 17, 2021. Proof of your second vaccine must be presented to Residence Services no later than October 24, 2021.

Students may receive a vaccination on-campus by appointment at the Student Wellness Centre.

Students may request an exemption from immunization by emailing stsvnurse@uvic.ca. Students living in residence who are not fully immunized are required to follow these additional COVID-19 safety restrictions:

  • Participate in Rapid Antigen Testing (RAT) weekly (or as directed by the university)
  • Wear a mask at all times in residence common areas including hallways, lounges, bathrooms and laundry rooms (except when inside their room)
  • Have their name and room number conveyed to Residence Staff who will monitor mask wearing
  • Have their name reported to the Medical Health Officer (MHO)

Students who are not fully immunized and who do not follow the requirements above will be followed up with under the residence Conduct System.

Mandatory Masks on Campus

  • Masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces at the university, including classrooms.
  • Because on-campus housing is considered a private residence, it is not required but is strongly recommended that you wear a mask in common spaces such as lounges, hallways, bathrooms and laundry rooms inside the residence buildings.
  • Our staff and your Community Leaders may remind you about the importance of following mask guidelines to keep each other safe. Please be respectful towards each other, and keep our communities safe for everyone.
  • If you live in residence and develop symptoms (or are in the process of being tested for Covid-19, or have been exposed to or tested positive for Covid-19) you are required to wear a mask to protect others whenever you leave your private room. Further self-isolation guidelines will be forwarded to you by email and will be available on our website.

Guest Restrictions in Residence

Residence Services has extended our no-guest restriction until January 31, 2022, which is in accordance with provincial health guidelines. Off-campus guests are not permitted in residence at this time, either for a short or overnight visit. Please make alternate arrangements if someone was planning to visit or stay with you during this time.

Cleaning in Residence

Our housekeeping team are in the student residences 7 days a week, cleaning and disinfecting common areas including shared lounges, bathrooms and hallways. Students are responsible for keeping their private rooms, Cluster units or apartments clean and safe.

Vaccine Clinic at UVic

Student Wellness Centre: Call the SWC to book your appointment: 250-721-8563

Vaccine clinic for Indigenous students and staff: September 16th, 11 am to 1 pm, located in the First Peoples’ House

Get all the details: uvic.ca/covidclinic


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 will offer the Health and Wellness Community, the Sustainability Community, the Global Citizenship Community, the Leadership and Civic Engagement Community, and the Arts Collective. 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

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.

International students who accept a room offer for fall 2021 may still be required to plan for a 14-day self-isolation period off-campus. While we are not able to offer self-isolation accommodation in our residence buildings to students arriving from out-of-country, self-isolation support is available through UVic's International Student Services.


Still have questions?

If you have any questions or concerns about student housing, please see our fall 2021 FAQs or contact .