Driving alternatives

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A UVic community member charges their car at the University House One lot

Options for driving with lower environmental impact

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 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

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

Carsharing (Zipcar)

Zipcar

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Zipcar allows you to borrow a car, by hour or day and you only pay for the time you reserve. If you’re a university student, you only need to be a 18 years old and have a valid drivers license to join. Zipcar covers gas, insurance, parking and maintenance. If you’re an international student, Zipcar accepts drivers’ licenses from other countries.

Location:

  • Lot 2 - beside the bookstore / Finnerty Express Cafe (near Campus Security and bus loop off Gabriola Road)

Rates:

Students pay $20/ year for the membership

Employees see this link for membership details.

Rideshare and carpooling

UVic supports both formal and informal ridesharing and carpooling groups.

U-Pool (coming soon to Victoria)

U-pool is a carpool-sharing platform where you can ride with someone who is already on their way to your destination. U-pool is a new program started by Ugogo, the same company that supplies UVic with the U-bicycle fleet. See their site for more details and how to register.

Carpool parking

Registered UVic carpools get the benefit of the best parking stalls on campus, 24 hours a day 7 days per week and even get to choose which parking lot their stall is going to be located in. Carpool permits are available through Campus parking & transportation services

Rideshare parking

A rideshare permit allows the user to easily find a great parking stall on campus. Those who have a permit and have three or more people in the vehicle get priority parking in designated rideshare stalls between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. After 10 a.m., any available rideshare stalls revert back to general parking.

Rideshare stalls are available in parking lots #1, 2, 4 and 6. Obtain your rideshare permit from Campus parking and transportation services.

EV charging stations

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UVic has seven Level 2 (240 v), 60 amp electric vehicle charging stations. 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:

  • 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

Rates:

$1.50 per hour for a 2 hour maximum (if a valid parking permit has not already been purchased).

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

Additional Info

The annual flexible parking permit allows a driver to park up to 12 days per calendar month on campus at greatly reduced rates.  This special permit is available to full-time continuing employees only.

UVic also offers a 4-month parking pass in the winter months, November to February, for those who normally commute by alternative methods in the warmer months.

Contact Parking & Transportation Services for more information.

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 mini vans (seating up to 8 including driver) as well as a hybrid car -- and are available for short or long term rentals. For more information call 250-721-6557 and see Campus Security.

Motorcycle and scooter parking — including several covered areas —is located in numerous lots around campus. Limited speed motorcycles (without pedals, and requiring a license, registration and insurance) require a motorcycle permit and must be parked in motorcycle parking areas. See the parking map for details.

Obtain your parking and motorcycle/scooter permits from Campus Security and Parking Services