University of Victoria

Building of the Island Medical Program (Photo: Dmitry Denisenkov)

University of Victoria

The University of Victoria, one of Canada’s leading universities, provides both students and faculty with a unique learning environment. UVic has earned a reputation for commitment to research, scholarship and co-op education. The university is widely recognized for its innovative and responsive programs, interdisciplinary and international initiatives, and a diverse and welcoming learning community.

UVic offers outstanding social, cultural, artistic, environmental and athletic opportunities, including a full schedule of concerts, plays, exhibitions, films, lectures and athletics events.

Our Libraries

Our libraries—the McPherson Library in the William C. Mearns Centre for Learning, the Diana M. Priestly Law Library, and the Curriculum Library—contain a wealth of information.

  • 1.9 million volumes
  • 2.3 million items in microforms
  • 199,000 cartographic items
  • 40,000 serial subscriptions
  • 66,000 sound recordings
  • 36,000 music scores, 8,600 films and videos
  • 1,175 linear meters of manuscripts and archival materials
  • an extensive collection of electronic resources

Relax in the new William C. Mearns Centre for Learning, have a latte in the BiblioCafé, or explore the Diana M. Priestly Law Library or Curriculum Library.

The Libraries are wonderful spaces to pursue scholarly research, study, and to consult with our friendly and knowledgeable staff.

The generosity of individual donors built the original library and funded the development of the William C. Mearns Centre for Learning. A very significant portion of our main collection, as well as our rare books and archival materials, come to us from community members, alumni and faculty through gifts that support acquisitions or as gifts-in-kind. There are many ways to support the library.

Athletics and Recreation

The Vikes athletic program is one of the most successful in Canada, and has won 62 Canadian University National Championships. Sports offered for men and women include: basketball, cross-country/track, field hockey, golf, rowing, rugby, soccer, and swimming. The Vikes compete in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), Canada West University Athletic Association, and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

The Vikes recreation program is one of the most popular among Canadian universities. Recreational program offerings include instructional classes, special events, aquatics, racquet sports, aerobics, outdoor recreation, intramural sports, and recreational clubs. More than half a million users accessed the Stewart Complex recreation centre last year. Take advantage of the field house, dance studio, ice rink, outdoor pool, racquet courts, and 18,200 square-foot fitness and weight centre.

Student Housing and Dining

This is the best place in Canada to live, and it’s even better when you’ve got a great place to stay and good food to eat. We take great pride in offering guaranteed accommodation to first year students coming directly from high school. We also have family housing, and even places for visitors to stay on a year round basis. In total, more than 2300 students live in residence and family housing–and all of them walk less than 10 minutes to get from their bedroom to their classroom.

If you’re looking for your own place, we also offer assistance locating off-campus housing options.

Either on or off-campus, students can take comfort in knowing that they are in one of the safest, cleanest cities in Canada.

To get the most from your mind, it’s a good idea to keep your stomach happy. There are several food venues on campus to fit any mood or appetite, including vegetarian restaurants, bistros, a pub and grocery store.

Work While You Learn

Classroom learning is just one piece of the puzzle – at UVic, you’ll be challenged to learn in new and dynamic ways. You can complement your academic studies with serious hands-on work experience through the Co-op Program or a practicum, test your boundaries by traveling overseas on an international exchange, embark on a field school adventure with students from around the world, or share your ideas with researchers in your field.

Co-op is an educational model that allows you to learn by doing, both in the classroom and workplace. Whether it’s testing a career path or earning a paycheque, co-op can be a beneficial part to the overall university experience. Learn about sample schedules and possible opportunities.

The goal of UVic’s Learning and Teaching Centre is to make sure that you, as a student, receive the highest quality education from your professors. We work with professors and teaching assistants to enhance the learning and teaching that goes on in and out of the classroom.

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