Royal Roads University

Hatley Castle (Photo: Brandon Godfrey)

Royal Roads University

Royal Roads University is a public university located in Victoria, British Columbia and is designed for students who are working professionals. RRU is the first B.C. post-secondary educational institutional to receive the internationally recognized Education Quality Assurance designation confirming RRU as a preferred destination institution for international students.

The Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation is British Columbia’s – and Canada’s – first education brand or seal of quality. The EQA trademark will be used around the world to promote high-quality, reputable B.C. post-secondary institutions. It will be a standard trademark recognizable worldwide, and will reduce confusion caused by various quality assurance processes.

The EQA is a voluntary designation available to public and private post-secondary institutions that wish to apply. Eligibility is based on an institution having met government-recognized quality assurance standards, and on being in good standing with both the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development and the applicable quality assurance bodies.

The Royal Roads University campus is known as an evolved cultural landscape – that is, a place that combines the work of nature with the work of humankind.

As the stewards of a national historic site, the university has worked to carefully preserve and restore heritage elements of the campus. Now the time has come for the university to add to the legacy of previous occupants of this site with the construction of two new buildings:

Both buildings will respect the distinctive features of the campus as an evolved cultural landscape and will showcase leading sustainability principles and practices.

Student Services

To help students succeed, we offer a variety of services to support student learning and living while they are with us. Below are a few of our services. Additional information can be found at

Food Services

The Habitat Cafe, located on the second floor of the Grant Building, offers a comfortable atmosphere and a varied menu with hot food available all day. Hours may change depending on time of year.


University Housing offers accommodation in 147 dorm rooms and 33 ensuites for students and visitors. Our goal is to provide an environment that helps students to succeed, both academically and socially.

We currently offer graduate/undergraduate residencies, executive certificate accommodation, and visitor accommodation.

More information about housing.


All registered students receive free membership to the RRU Recreation Centre. More about Recreation Centre programs.

Arts and Culture

Hatley Park is considered one of the finest examples of an intact Edwardian estate and was designated a National Historic Site in 1995. It is strategically positioned to play a leading role in experiential tourism — one of the fastest growing industries worldwide.

Situated near the Pacific Ocean at the southern tip of Vancouver Island, the 565-acre property reflects the richness and diversity of British Columbia. At the heart of the property is the famous Hatley Castle, a 40-room mansion built in 1908 by James Dunsmuir, a coal baron and the former Premier and Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. The Dunsmuir family eventually sold the estate to the Government of Canada, who from 1940 to 1995 used the facility as a military training college. In 1995 the estate was leased to the Government of British Columbia to become the campus for Royal Roads University – Canada’s only university to provide applied and professional programs exclusively for people who wish to advance in the workplace.

The property is surrounded by meticulously preserved, old growth forest. Nature trails welcome walkers, hikers and geocache enthusiasts from around the world. Themed gardens are cultivated year round and the lagoon is a thriving bird sanctuary. Tours, workshops, festivals and special events are designed to enhance understanding of the importance of protecting and sharing our natural and cultural heritage so it may be preserved and enjoyed for future generations.

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