Driving alternatives

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A UVic community member charges their car on campus.

Lower-impact driving options

Sometimes it's not possible to walk, cycle or take public transit to campus, so here are some great options to make driving to UVic more sustainable.

Carsharing (Modo)

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UVic has a Partnership Membership with Modo! As a member through the UVic carshare program, you also have access to all the cars in Modo fleet around Greater Victoria and Metro Vancouver.

As a Member-Owner (individual plan Modo Plus rates) in the carshare program, you can use Modo's 24-hour online booking system to reserve a vehicle. When finished, just return the car to the same location. 

Locations at UVic:

  • Two cars are located at Lot 2 by Campus Security
  • One car is located at the Family Student Housing (FSH) complex

Rates and qualifications:

Employees and Family Student Housing

UVic will pay the membership fee (a value of $500) for qualifying employees and FSH students, and you pay the regular usage fees (Modo Plus rates).

The program is available for full-time and continuing employees who normally work at the Gordon Head Campus or students living in Family Student Housing who do not have a parking permit.

See the application forms below and the Modo website for more details and driving eligibility requirements.

Employee carshare application form
FSH student resident carshare application form

For more information, contact Campus Security at  

Grad students

The Grad student program is for UVic graduate students as members of the Graduate Students' Society (GSS). For an non-refundable fee of $50 to the GSS, students can join Modo for as long as they are members of the GSS. Contact the GSS for more information.

GSS member carshare application form

EV charging stations

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UVic has ten Level 2 (240 v), 60 amp electric vehicle charging stations. Nine of these EV chargers are available for the campus community and guests to top up their electric car batteries 24/7 in meter parking spaces.

Locations for public use:

  • Four EV stations are beside the Campus Security Building in parking lot #2 
  • One EV station is at University House One (UH1)
  • Two EV stations next to Fine Arts building in parking lot #6

Locations for UVic Facilities Management use only:

  • Two EV stations are located near the Saunders' Workshops in lot #11 
  • One EV station is located next to the District Energy Plant in lot #6

Rates:

There is no additional charge to use the EV stations beyond the cost of parking. The EV stations have a 90-minute maximum. When using an EV station, make sure you have paid for general parking ($2.00 per hour). 

For a map of electric vehicle charging stations locally and across North America, go to www.plugshare.com/.

Flex 25

Rather than buying an Annual or Semester Parking Permit and driving to campus each day, try the Flex 25 bundle and commit to using alternative transportation options for some of your commutes. 

The Flex 25 bundle is a collection of 25 daily single-use General Parking permits with no expiry date. There is no limit to how many can be purchased in a year. Users receive a code to be used at a parking dispenser to obtain parking for the desired day.

The Flex 25 permit bundle costs $150. Visit the Campus Security website to learn more, or purchase your permits online

Rent a vehicle

 Do you need a vehicle occasionally for university business? Campus Security maintains a Motor Pool Fleet available for rental by UVic employees. Vehicle options include Dodge Caravans (seating up to 8 including driver) as well as a 1 ton cube van. They are available for short or long term rentals. For more information call 250-721-6557 and see Campus Security. 

Motorcycle and licensed scooter parking

Motorcycle and scooter drivers are required to purchase parking permits and park in the designated motorcycle parking areas found in most lots. See the Parking Map for details. 

Visit Campus Security's website for more information on motorcycle and scooter parking permits.