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Residence Buildings

The University of Victoria provides accommodation for students and visitors in 21 dormitory buildings and 121 cluster units.

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Bedroom Overview

The University of Victoria has 21 dormitory buildings and 121 Cluster units located on campus. Students living in the dormitories may have a bedroom to themselves (single room) or share with a roommate (double room). There is a common area featuring televisions with cable services and centrally located washrooms on each floor. To find out more about the Cluster units, click here.

Cable hookups are available in the bedrooms, however individuals need to arrange and pay for cable service in addition to providing their own television. Wireless internet is available across campus including residence rooms. Internet ports are also located in each bedroom, but students will need to provide their own Ethernet cable.

All bedrooms in the dormitories have twin extra long beds with a mattress size of 78"x 39"x 8". Housing provides a mattress cover for each bed. Students need to bring their own sheets (extra long), blankets, pillow and a pillow slip. For more information on what to bring, view this guide.

All bedrooms also come with a desk, reading lamp, desk chair and a closet/armoire with drawers.

    Single Bedroom floor plan

    This is an example of a typical single bedroom floor plan in either a dormitory or cluster. Room dimensions and location of items will vary between buildings and can range from 100-140 square feet (9-13 square meters).

    Single Bedroom Floor plan


    Double Bedroom floor plan

    This is an example of a typical double bedroom floor plan in a dormitory. Room dimensions and location of items will vary between buildings and can range from 150-240 square feet (14-22 square meters).

    Double Bedroom Floor Plan


Apartment Overview

Throughout the dormitory buildings there are also 46 self contained furnished bachelor and one-bedroom apartments. During the winter session, Graduate students are given priority for accommodation in these buildings. These units have fridges (i.e. either bar size or apartment size), cooking devices (i.e. either a microwave, a cook top or a stove), a kitchen table with chair(s), either a sofa or sitting chairs, a desk, lamp and a bed with mattress cover. Students are expected to supply all their own cooking pots, dishes, linens and pay for cable service if desired.


Accessible Residence

UVic's accessible residences have automatic door entrances with access from ground level and/or a ramp. Bedroom amenities such as levers, peepholes and mirrors, have been lowered and in the case of apartment units, countertops in the kitchen have also been adjusted to accommodate a wheelchair if required. Washrooms with roll in showers are available as well as bedrooms with a strobe light for people who are hard of hearing.

Virtual tours are available of a washroom with a roll in shower (which are available in both dormitories and apartments) and of an apartment living room and kitchen area .

People that require an accessible bedroom in residence should contact us prior to their arrival.


Residence Neighbourhoods

    Cluster Neighbourhood

    Built for the 1994 Commonwealth games, the Cluster neighbourhood on campus is comprised of 121 apartment and townhouse units. These self-contained units include four bedrooms, a kitchen, a semi-furnished living room, two washrooms and one shower room.

    The kitchen has two fridges, a stove, a dishwasher and dining room table with four chairs. Internet access is included but television and telephone service are not included.

    Students are responsible for their own microwave, dishes, cutlery, utensils and bed linens.

    We are excited to offer Cluster housing apartments to first year students. Each apartment complex consists of 12, 4 bedroom apartments and houses a total of 48 students.  A great option for those looking to cook their own meals!

    Cluster Bedroom
    Cluster Kitchen
    Cluster Living Room


    Craigdarroch Neighbourhood

    The Craigdarroch residences were built between 1964 and 1967 and feature both double and single rooms.  The buildings which comprise the Craigdarroch neighbourhood include Emily Carr (EC), Margaret Newton (MN), David Thompson (DT) and Sire Arthur Currie (AC). These four buildings face into a beautiful courtyard and are each home to approximately 80-90 first year students. There are three common areas located in each building, featuring cable television and lounge seating. Being in a larger building, you are sure to meet lots of people!

    Emily Carr and Margaret Newton are mixed gender by floor (with exception to the basement, which is a designated male area) with communal washrooms (showers, toilets and sinks) on each floor. Sir Arthur Currie and David Thompson are mixed gender by floor (with exception to the basement, which is a designated male area) with single-shared washrooms on each floor.  In Sir Arthur Currie and David Thompson, there are no female single rooms. 

    Both the David Thompson (2008) and the Arthur Currie (2009) buildings underwent major renovations that took into account both the University's commitment to sustainability and valuable student feedback. In addition to cosmetic upgrades (paint, flooring, etc) all the group-style washrooms were converted into individual washrooms. Each washroom features low-flow fixtures to enhance water conservation as we do our part to minimize our ecological footprint.

    Craigdarroch Single
    Craigdarroch Double


    Gordon Head Neighbourhood

    Completed in 1978, the Gordon Head residences house students in all years of study.  These neighbourhood is comprised of four buildings including Wilson (WI), Wallace (WA), Haig Brown (HB) and Poole (PL), each housing approximately 102 students. These larger buildings feature single rooms and are co-ed by wing.  Communal washrooms (one male and one female) are located on each floor, as are the lounges.  Although the buildings are large, don’t be intimidated!  The community on individual floors is very strong.

    Gordon Head Single


    Lansdowne Neighbourhood

    The Lansdowne residences were built in 1969 and feature both single and double rooms. The Lansdowne neighbourhood is comprised of six buildings of approximately 50 students each, including Helmcken (HE), Trutch (TR), Carroll (CA), Ravenhill (RA), Hodges (HO) and Sanderson (SA). The buildings are co-ed by floor, typically with the second floor designated male and the third and fourth floors designated female.  Communal washrooms are located on each floor and there are two lounges per building.  Although Lansdowne may seem small, the community atmosphere in these buildings is unmatched throughout residence.  If you are looking for a tightly-knit community, this is the place for you!

    Lansdowne Single
    Lansdowne Double


    McGill/Park Neighbourhood

    The McGill/Park Neighbourhood is comprised of the McGill residence buildings including Joseph Cunliffe (JC), Hugh Stephen (HS) and Shirley Baker (SB) as well as Park Hall. Each building houses approximately 60 students.

    Built in 1983, the McGill residences house both first year students as well as returning students.  Each of the three buildings is co-ed by floor (first floor male; second and third floor female), and features communal washrooms and lounges on each floor. All rooms in McGill are single rooms. In a slightly smaller building, you’ll love the sense of community.

    Built in 2004, Park Hall is co-ed by room and features single rooms. Each floor has a number of single-shared washrooms and showers, allowing the residents more privacy than a communal washroom. Lounges are located on each floor.

    McGill Single
    Park Single


    Ring Road Neighbourhood

    Completed in 2004, Ring is the largest of the residence buildings and houses 294 students of all ages and years of study.  Ring Road offers only single rooms, and like Gordon Head the community atmosphere is strong on the individual floors.  Ring Road has 2-3 common lounge areas per floor and features single-shared washrooms and showers. With a community this large you will always have someone to chat to or study with!

    Ring Road Single


    Towers Neighbourhood

    This neighbourhood is comprised of two buildings: Tower (126 students) and South Tower (106 students).

    Completed in 2004, Tower (TW) stands six stories tall and offers a fantastic view!  Tower offers single rooms and single-shared washrooms.  Lounges are located on each floor, and yes, there is an elevator!

    The University of Victoria opened its first “LEEDS Gold” residence building in January 2011, the South Tower (STW) residence. South Tower stands six stories tall and for the 2014-2015 Academic Year, we are proud to offer three floors available for mature/graduate students including both apartment and single rooms. The remaining three floors of the building are comprised of single rooms with single-shared washrooms and are allocated for the above LLCs.  Lounges are located on floors one through four.

    Tower/South Tower Single


Interest-Based Communities

Residence Services is offering a selection of Interest-Based Communities in residence in 2015-16. If you are interested in joining one of the communities, indicate your choice on the online application form.

Please note: Building locations for Interest-Based Communities may change depending on the number of applicants.

Substance Free Community (Ring Road Hall)
Students who choose this living environment are committed to live in a community where the possession and use of alcohol and other substances is not permitted. Students will be asked to sign a Community Living Agreement (CLA) that outlines this commitment if they accept an offer for a room within this community.

Quiet Floors (Ring Road Hall and Wallace Hall)
Join a residence environment specifically reserved for students seeking a greater commitment to reduced noise. While quiet hours are upheld in every residence, these floors are available for students who want to live in a community with further reduction of noise. Students will be asked to sign a Community Living Agreement (CLA) that outlines this commitment if they accept an offer for a room on one of these floors.

In addition to our Interest-based communities, we also offer Living Learning Communities.

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