First-year guarantee and deferral students

Current eligible high-school students in their graduating year can apply to live in dormitory housing at UVic. All dorm-style rooms include a residence meal plan.

Dormitory housing is available to first-year guarantee students. Please note that students who were approved for an admission deferral from the previous academic year (i.e. from Fall 2021 to Fall 2022) are considered first-year students for housing purposes.

Room types

Every single and double room contains the following for each student:  

  • twin extra-long bed with mattress
  • desk
  • reading lamp
  • desk chair
  • closet or wardrobe with drawers

Single room - If you live in a single room, you'll have the bedroom to yourself. See a single room layout. Single rooms range in size from ~ 100-130 sq. ft.

Double room -In a standard double room, you share the space with a roommate. See a standard double room layout. Double rooms range in size from ~ 180-210 sq. ft.

Economy double room -An economy double is a value-priced dormitory style option, where a large single room has been modified to accommodate two students. All economy double rooms have bunkbeds, but provide enough space for each student to have their own desk, chair and wardrobe.
Economy double rooms are ~ 125-130 sq. ft.

Please note: The community fostered in our traditional dormitory buildings helps to ease the transition to university, encourages a feeling of belonging among residents, and allows residents to focus on their studies. Living in a supportive campus environment has been shown to increase student success and retention as well as social connections with peers.

Cluster housing is prioritized for upper-year undergraduate students. As a first year student, you will not be able to select this room type as a preference in the housing application.

Students who require a specific room type that is not available to them because of their classification, and/or students who require specific features within a building or room, should submit a Priority Consideration Request

Buildings

UVic has 20 dormitory buildings (dorms) with a mixture of single and double rooms. Each building has shared common lounges, with cable TV and microwaves, and centrally located washrooms (either community and/or shared single washrooms) on each floor.

Most of our residence buildings are mixed gender, however some buildings feature designated single-gender floors.

Some of our buildings are also home to living learning communities where you can apply to live with other students who share your academic or personal interests. These communities blend your residential and academic experiences. To be considered for a living learning community, applicants will be asked to submit a supplemental application (as part of the housing application process).

Community Bathroom - A community bathroom is shared by multiple residents on one floor of a building. Community bathrooms include multiple sinks in an open area, multiple individual toilet stalls and multiple individual shower stalls. These bathrooms are cleaned by Residence Services staff.

Single User Bathroom - A single user bathroom is a small private lockable room containing a sink and toilet and/or a shower. In buildings with this style of bathroom, there are multiple single user bathrooms available on any floor.  These bathrooms are cleaned by Residence Services staff.

Description Buildings Communities Room types Bathroom types
Craigdarroch neighbourhood
  • Single-gender on basement level
  • Mixed-gender on floors 1-3
  • Approx. 60 students per building
  • David Thompson
  • Sir Arthur Currie 
  • General
  • Single
  • Double
  • Single user (floors 1-3)
  • Community (basement level)
Gordon Head neighbourhood
  • Mixed-gender
  • Approx. 100 students per building
  • Robert Wallace
  • Richard Wilson
  • Roderick Haig-Brown
  • Poole
  • General
  • Quiet
  • Single
  • Economy Double
  • Community
Lansdowne neighbourhood
  • Single-gender floors throughout
  • Approx. 50 students per building
  • Alice Ravenhill
  • Nancy Hodges
  • Elma Sanderson
  • John Helmcken
  • Lansdowne 1
  • Robert Carroll
  •  General
  • Single
  • Double
  • Community
McGill
  • Single-gender floors throughout
  • Approx. 60 students per building
  • Joseph Cunliffe
  • Shirley Baker
  • Hugh Stephen
  • General
  • Quiet
  • Single
  • Economy Double
  • Community
Park Hall
  • Mixed-gender
  • Approx. 60 students
  • Park Hall
  • General
  • Single
  • Single user 
Ring Road
  • Mixed-gender
  • Approx. 300 students
  •  Ring Road
  • Quiet
  • Substance-free
  • French LLC
  • Indigenous LLC
  • Humanities LLC
  • Science LLC
  • Engineering LLC
  •  Single
  •  Single user
Tower
  • Mixed-gender
  • Approx. 100 students per building
  • Tower
  • South Tower
  • Arts LLC
  • Global Citizenship LLC
  • Health & Wellness LLC
  • Sustainability LLC
  • Leadership and Civic Engagement LLC
  •  Single
  •  Single user
New Building 1
  • Mixed-gender
  • Approx. 400 students
  • Building 1
  • General
  • Quiet
  • Health and Wellness LLC
  • Single
  • Single user

Please note: The locations of specific communities are subject to change, depending on the number of applicants.