University of Victoria



The University of Victoria (UVic) is known for innovative programs, excellence in teaching and research that addresses major social, economical and environmental issues. It hosts several interdisciplinary research centres. Areas of academic strength include Aging, Asia-Pacific Studies, Biochemistry and Microbiology, Forest Biology, Earth and Ocean Systems, Particle Physics, Astronomy, Neuropsychology, Robotics, Aboriginal Self-Government, Child and Youth Care, Health Information Science, Fine Arts, Hotel and Restaurant Management, International Business, and Global Studies.

Areas of Expertise

UVic faculty members have received numerous awards for excellence in teaching, including four national 3M Teaching Fellowships. UVic researchers participate in nine of the federal Networks of Centres of Excellence. The Canadian Climate Centre, Canada's national lab for computerized climate modelling, relocated to UVic in 1994 in order to take advantage of UVic's expertise in ocean circulation modelling.

In UVic's Language Centre, a state-of-the-art language learning facility, students use advanced technologies to study 17 languages and can practice by watching live news broadcasts via satellite from countries around the world.

UVic's Faculty of Business is recognized as a leader in international business education. The Faculty has received various international awards for its unique global focus and excellence in Entrepreneurship education. The Faculty's strong international focus is reflected in its diverse international student body, curriculum, teaching corps, extensive exchange program, unique support program for international students and local/international paid co-operative work placement program. Students can choose from a variety of business specializations at the undergraduate and graduate level.

On Campus Housing

 # BedsLowestHighest
Co-ed:2,172 bedsLowest: $3,400Highest: $5,080
Family:320 bedsLowest: $4,784Highest: $6,768

All year one students guaranteed residence space, provided they apply before June 30. Although the University of Victoria has a first-year residence guarantee, we do have a limited number of residence spaces available for other students, including graduate students. We reserve a number of bachelor apartments, one-bedroom apartments, and cluster rooms for graduate students. These spaces are available for the full academic year only (September to April). Residence Services, a unit within the division of Student Affairs, provides accommodation services, programming and education to the on-campus student community of 2,300 beds and 181 family housing units, in addition to providing a summer conference operation for off-campus customers. Our goal is to create and support conditions for student success and to foster a healthy environment for students to engage and thrive in their learning and development.

Off Campus Housing

 # BedsLowestHighest
Homestay:Lowest: $950Highest: $950

Rental properties can be viewed on the UVic housing Web site.

Incoming Students

Orientation program in September; new student information centre ongoing through summer; and learning and study skills program. "Buddy" program matches new students with senior advisers.

Career Planning

UVic offers hundreds of hands-on learning opportunities you might be interested in—whether it's a co-op work term, field school, volunteer opportunity or a really hands-on course. Co-op offers a unique approach to help you start building your career while you're still at university. It's designed to work around your academic courses, so you'll complement what you're learning in class with practical workplace experience. Co-op is collaborative—students, employers and the university all play an important part! Career Services help you succeed at work during your time at UVic and beyond. We run workshops and programs, offer in-person support and provide many online resources to help you navigate your career..


The Vikes have won a total of 81 national titles (50 U SPORTS National Championships and 31 Canadian University Championships in rowing, golf, women's rugby 7s and men's rugby). The university is home to the National Coaching Institute and operates the Sport and Fitness Centre, which provides expert consultation to elite athletes from across North America. Sports clubs include: Aikido, Badminton, Ballroom Dance, Caving, Dance, Fencing, Field Hockey (M&W), Ice Hockey (M), Juggling, Karate-Shoto-Kan, KarateWado-Kai, Kayak, Kendo, Outdoors, Rugby (W), Sailing, SCUBA, Skating, Square Dance, Squash, Target Shooting, Triathlon, Underwater Hockey, Volleyball (M&W), Waterpolo (M&W) and Wheelchair Basketball.


UVic students are above-average users of their athletic facilities when compared to students across Canada. To accommodate their needs, UVic offers a wide range of athletic and recreation facilities, also available to faculty, staff and the community. These include the new CARSA facility, McKinnon Gym and Pool, Outdoor artificial turfs and world-class field hockey pitch, as well as the Ian Stewart Ice rink.


Student Society Clubs: AICS, AIESEC, Amnesty International, Anarchists, Bahai, Ballroom Dance, BC Young Liberals, Biology Conservation, Campus Crusade for Christ, Chess Club, Chinese Christian Fellowship, Christian Science, Chinese Youth Connection, Circle K, Commonwealth, Communist Club, Debate Club, Eiktha, Entrepreneurship, Film Society, Food not Bombs, Gaming, Hellenic Students, International Socialists, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Investors Club, Ismali Students, Italian Club, Japanese Club, Korean society, Latin America Association, Liberals, Mature Students, Medieval Club, NDP, Old Tyme Square Dance & Jigging, OXFAM, Pardes (Jewish Student's Association), Photo Club, Single Parent Club, Spanish Club, Society for Indian Classical Arts, Students of Colour, Taiwanese Club, United Nations, UVic Pro-Choice, Women of Colour, WUSC and Youth Protecting Youth.

Information Technology

The University of Victoria provides Wi-Fi access for UVic faculty, staff, students and affiliates with valid UVic NetLink ID, as well as guest wireless access for visiting students, researchers and scholars, and campus visitors who wish to connect to the Internet.


There are three performing arts theatres; recital hall; film theatre; auditorium; art gallery; and museum.

Special Services

Native Student Union; First Nations Cultural Adviser; Women's Centre; Disabled Students Association and Adviser; Interfaith Chaplaincy; Family Student Housing; and Daycare Facilities on Campus.

Affiliated Institutions

Research Institutes: B.C. Institute for Co-operative Studies Centre for Advanced Materials and Related Technology Centre for Aging Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives Centre for Earth and Ocean Research Centre for Environmental Health Centre for Forest Biology Centre for Humanities Centre for Studies in Religion and Society Communication and Information Systems Research Institute for Dispute Resolution Institute for Integrated Energy Systems Laboratory for Automation The Learning and Teaching Centre

International Involvement

UVic has active partnership agreements with over 300 post-secondary institutions worldwide, enabling students and faculty to collaborate internationally and to travel abroad for study and research.

Campus Tour

Tours are available from Monday through Saturday, starting at 1:00 p.m., and are not offered on Sundays or statutory holidays. Additional tours may be offered at times of high demand (e.g. spring break) Tours are approximately 90 minutes in length, and typically include a look inside one of our residence rooms (subject to availability). All tours begin at the UVic Welcome Centre, located on the main floor of the University Centre.


The university is located on 160 verdant hectares, a short walk from the beach and only a 15-minute drive from downtown Victoria. It includes a system of jogging trails, internationally famed rhododendron gardens and a 44-hectare wooded ravine preserved as an ecological area.

Modified on August 04, 2020