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Residence Orientation Programs

If you're not sure what to expect when you live on a University campus then the best thing to do is try it out for yourself!

Residence orientation programs have been created so current and prospective students can learn first hand what life is like on a University campus and also get acquainted with the City of Victoria before starting their classes. Discover not only where you will eat and sleep but what kinds of activities you can participate in and who else will be living in your new community.

Students that are new to the University of Victoria should also visit the New Student Orientation website for other orientations available.

Upcoming Event

May 1 - August 22, 2010 Campus Tours

During the summer prospective students and their families that reserve a campus tour will receive a special rate on overnight accommodation and have the opportunity to meet with a member of the residence life team.

Bed and Breakfast rates in dormitories are $30.00 per person and furnished quad units are available for only $120.00 per night. Rates are in conjunction with campus tours only and include all applicable taxes.

Reservation forms are available once your campus tour is reserved. To reserve a campus tour click here


Sept 4 - 6, 2010 First Contact

First Contact is a 3 day orientation program running from Saturday, September 4 – Monday, September 6, 2010 that is directed to first year students who will be living in residence.

The program includes:

  • moving in a day earlier than the rest of the residents;
  • Welcome BBQ;
  • Jump Start Program which allows participants exclusive access to the Bookstore, ID Centre and Athletics and Recreation Services;
  • Campus Tours;
  • Residence Tours;
  • Professional Hypnotist Show;
  • Interactive and entertaining community building events!

This program is very popular so make sure to keep checking back to the New Student Orienation website to ensure you get your online registration and payment in on time.


Past Events

September 8, 2009 Floor Meeting
All students living in residence need to attend their first floor meeting. This is an informative meeting that provides some insight to you about life in residence, the community standards, the services and programs available to everyone living in residence. This is also an opportunity to meet your Community Leader and the people you will be spending the next 4-8 months with! Information about where your meeting is, will be provided to you once you arrive on campus.


January 6, 2010 Residence Orientation

Wednesday, January 6 @ 7pm
Arbutus/Queenswood in the Cadboro Commons

Find out about our residences; how to get around, where to find the essentials, who the staff are, what they do and how they can help. Come learn about your new environment and meet other residence students.

There will be light snacks and beverages. Afterwards join us for FUN and GAMES!

To register please RSVP to the Residence Life Office before noon January 6, 2010.


May 28 to May 30, 2010 Destination UVic

Prospective students who have received an offer of admission for September 2010 are invited, along with their parents, to participate in Destination UVic, a three-day program offered by UVic’s Residence Office. Participants will spend two nights in on-campus housing, have a chance to try the food, meet their prospective neighbours and choose their residence room for September!

Further details and the registration form are now available on the Student Transition Services website.



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