Off-campus housing

Google map of Victoria showing rental listings from Places4Students.com
Find or list your off-campus rental property through Places4Students.com.

Places4Students and RentSmart partners

UVic partners with Places4Students.com to provide off-campus listings for renters and landlords. *NEW for landlords: UVic is offering general listings to landlords for FREE until Aug. 31, 2021 due to the uncertainty and difficult economic times caused by COVID-19.* 

We've also partnered with RentSmart to provide pro-active solutions to students looking for off-campus housing. RentSmart is online and personalized for you and may help you overcome a lack of reference. Please visit their website to learn about all the advantages a RentSmart certificate can provide.

For assistance using Places4Students.com, contact their Customer Support Team.

Other off-campus and roommate resources

To help you find accommodations for September 2021, check out a video of our Finding housing in Greater Victoria webinar (scroll down to the bottom of the page).

In addition to Places4Students.com, Craigslist and Used Victoria are good resources for finding rentals and rooms. Property management companies like Brown Bros, Devon Properties and Proline Management also list rentals. Try a Google search of "property management Victoria."

To help you find roommates, suites and shares, students have created two non-official Facebook groups: and .

If you need temporary accommodations, try Airbrb or VRBO. Victoria also has many hotels and hostels

View more resources and helpful information.

Before committing to an apartment/suite/room and making any payments, we recommend that you:

  • review the BC Tenancy Act
  • review RentSmart resources
  • meet the prospective landlord in person or virtually
  • view the accommodation in person or get a friend or family member to view
  • become familiar with potential rental scams

Important note: UVic and UVic Residence Services do not assume any responsibility for agreements made between students and landlords or for information you provide to Places4Students and other third-party websites. We do not screen, inspect, warrant or approve any landlord, student or accommodation provided through Places4Students.com or the other resources provided, and cannot guarantee the quality or suitability of the accommodation. Please exercise caution and good judgment when speaking to potential landlords or roommates on social media and other channels.

International students

The International Student Services website has additional information about off-campus housing. They can also help with any self-isolation requirements upon arrival.

Co-signer agreement

Our team has prepared a co-signer agreement example, should you need one for a potential landlord. This may be useful for students under the age of 18 whose parents or guardians are co-signing for their rental unit.

Making friends

UVic has programs and resources to help you meet other students, including our New Student Connect programcourse unions and clubs and UVic Orientation events.

Off-Campus conduct

Living in the Victoria region is an important part of university life for the majority of UVic students. University of Victoria students are responsible for upholding the standards of the community, including adherence to city bylaws regarding issues like parking, noise, waste disposal and collection, and community safety.

Refer to Off-Campus conduct on UVic's Office of Student Life website for more information on conduct and being a good community member.