Undergraduate lottery

Although the University of Victoria has a first-year residence guarantee, we do have a limited number of residence spaces available for other students. The number of available spaces varies each year.

Accommodation for students not covered by the residence First Year gurantee will be determined by lottery. We use a lottery to determine your place on the applicant list then we make room offers according to that order. We will try to accommodate your preference for accommodation type but we cannot make guarantees.

Applications for the full academic year (September to April) are given preference in our room assignment process. Those who apply for Fall Term only (September for December) will not be included in the lottery. Fall term applicants will be placed on the waitlist below lottery applicants.

Students in the lottery may receive a room offer between May-August, depending on availability.


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.

The residence application deadline is May 1. If we receive your application after this date, you will be added to our waitlist.

Applications for the academic year open on the first Monday in February. To be considered for the lottery, you need to apply by May 1.  

Students who apply after May 1 will be added to our waitlist and may be considered for temporary accommodation.

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 to be considered.

After I apply

  • Once we run the lottery, we'll send you an email indicating your lottery number and we will give you an estimate of whether or not you may receive an offer. Please note our assignment process is dynamic and room offers continue to go out until the end of August.
  • If you receive your room offer in July, you have 72 hours 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 after August 5, 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 online 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 to check on 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 fee.
  • If you cancel your housing offer between September 1st and your move-in date, you will lose your $500 acceptance fee and your $250 security deposit.
  • If you cancel your housing application 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.

For more information, please see our page about fall 2021 and our FAQs.