UVic will be a place for you to call home, regardless of where you
choose to live. Living on campus has its advantages: your friends live next door and you're only steps away
from class. But living off campus has
advantages too: more personal space and time away from
school to explore everything Victoria has to offer.
Living on campus
On-campus accommodation is not guaranteed for exchange students. UVic
offers two types of on-campus accommodation for exchange students:
dormitory buildings and cluster units. For information about both of
these options, visit the Residence Services website.
If you would like to live on campus for the 2013/2014 academic year, you must:
- Submit an online Undergraduate or Graduate Student Residence Application form anytime on or after March 1, 2013. A limited number of rooms on campus are available to exchange students. Each year the number of applications exceed available space, so apply as early as possible to improve your chances of getting a room.
- The Residence Application form will ask for your UVic student number. Please enter V00000002 on the form to identify yourself as an exchange student.
- You must pay a $50 non-refundable Residence Application fee. Residence fees can be paid by wire transfer from an international bank or by credit card prior to your arrival on campus. Contact Residence Services at 250-721-8395 or email@example.com for further information. Please identify yourself as an exchange student in your communication with Residence Services.
- Wait for confirmation from Residence Services.
- If your Residence Application is accepted, you will receive an email confirmation that includes your move in date. If you want to request an earlier move in date, or if you intend to arrive at UVic when Residence Services is closed, contact Residence Services at 250-721-8395 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please identify yourself as an exchange student in your communication with Residence Services. If you plan to arrive after the start of term, you must inform Residence Services or your residence assignment will be cancelled.
- Further information about moving in and out of residence is available on the Winter Housing
Living off campus
If living with a Canadian family appeals to you, visit the Homestay Program website. If you prefer more independence, Residence Services at UVic
maintains a list of available off-campus rental opportunities, including
suites, apartments, houses and shared living situations. You can view
this list on the Off-Campus Housing Listings website.
You should only agree to rent an off-campus accommodation after you
have inspected it yourself and met the landlord. Do not let someone else
choose a potential dwelling on your behalf. Standards of accommodation
vary and only you can determine the suitability of a potential home.
International and Exchange Student Services (IESS) office can help you
find off-campus accommodation after you arrive in Victoria.
When should I arrive?
It can be very difficult to secure rental accommodation
from out of town, so plan to arrive in Victoria at least two or three
weeks before the start of term to allow plenty of time for searching. We
recommend you reserve temporary accommodation before you arrive. For
temporary on-campus options, check out the Visitor Housing website. Victoria also has many hotels, hostels and bed and breakfast inns. You can find them listed on the Tourism Victoria website.
Know your rights
Be sure to familiarize yourself with the legal rights and
responsibilities for tenants and landlords in British Columbia. You can find this
information on the Residential Tenancy Branch website. The Tenant Survival Guide is another great resource and is available in several languages on the Tenant Resource & Advisory Centre website.