First Year Priority

If you're a current high-school student in your graduating year, you are eligible for the first-year priority lottery. First-year students who apply to live in residence by June 30th will be given a number by lottery to determine the order in which their room will be assigned. 

First Year applicants will be given first priority in residence. We are unable to guarantee a space in residence due to the possibility of continued occupancy limits, but we hope to be able to accommodate everyone who applies. The first year lottery will take place on July 2nd. Students will be emailed their lottery numbers the week of July 5th.

To be eligible for the first year priority for the 2021-22 academic year, you must meet the following criteria by June 30:

  • Graduate from high school in 2021
  • Not attend a post-secondary institution (college or university) prior to attending UVic
  • Accept your offer of admission to UVic and pay your acceptance deposit of $200 to the university

How and when to apply

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 June 30. If we receive your application after this date, you will be added to our waitlist.

The application for the 2021-22 academic year will open on February 1, 2021 and the deadline is June 30. Applications received after June 30 will not be eligible for the first-year priority but will be placed on a waitlist.

Accommodation preferences

When you apply, you will be able to rank up to five preferences for housing type (including selecting a room type and a community). We will try our best to accommodate your preferences but we are unable to guarantee your request for a particular type of accommodation.

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. Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their answers, including examples of:

  • experience and interest in the theme
  • a demonstrated commitment to continuous learning about the theme
  • ability to contribute creatively to the theme.

Living learning community applications are evaluated by the LLC committee and will be ranked according to the quality of their answers to the supplemental questions. Room offers to the Living Leaning Communities are based on these rankings. Applicants who are not accepted into a living learning community are still included in the lottery, as long as they have submitted an application by the deadline and qualify to live in residence.

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

Can I request a roommate?

If there is someone you’d like to live with, we’ll do our best to accommodate your request but we cannot make guarantees. You may request a roommate through your residence application in the Housing Portal. Roommate requests must be mutually confirmed.

After I apply

  • Residence Services will send room offers via email between July and August. The timing of room offers is not related to the date you apply, as long as you apply by June 30th. If you meet the criteria for the first-year priority, you will be included in the lottery.
  • If you receive your room offer in July, you have seven days to accept the offer by paying the $500.00 non-refundable acceptance fee and the $250 security deposit and uploading your signed Residence Contract through the Housing Portal.
  • If you receive your room offer in August, you have 48 hours to accept your offer by paying the $500.00 non-refundable acceptance fee and the $250 security deposit, uploading your signed Residence Contract through the Housing Portal and paying your Term 1 fees in full.
  • If you submit your acceptance fee, security deposit or completed contract after the deadline, your room offer will be cancelled. If your offer is cancelled, you must contact us about availability.


  • If you wish to cancel your residence application, 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.
  • 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 31, you will lose your $500 acceptance deposit.
  • If you cancel your housing offer between September 1 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 and your $250 security deposit. For meal plan cancellation penalties, please check with Food Services.