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The Residence Life & Education department strives to create an environment that fosters learning, personal growth, and positive social interaction. Through programming, Residence Life Staff are able to achieve these goals and offer the best possible residence experience. Our Community Service Learning Program offers students engagement and leadership opportunities while they give back to their surrounding community. To connect with friends, University resources, and the City of Victoria, you can look forward to our ongoing and Residence Wide Programs held throughout the year.


Our Residence Orientation has been created so that current and prospective students can learn first-hand what life is like on a university campus and get acquainted with the City of Victoria. 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!

Participating in Orientation will make a difference to your experience at UVic. All new students are encouraged to attend the Orientation activities. Residence Orientation begins August 31, 2014 during Move-In Weekend for all students living on campus and more residence orientation events will take place within the first six weeks of school. All students in Residence are automatically registered for Residence Orientation.

You can find out more Orientation information on the Weeks Of Welcome Page.

ResWide Programs

One of the best parts about living in residence are the great programs that you can take part in – be sure to mark these dates in your calendar! You can also follow us on Twitter or ‘like’ us on Facebook for more updates on our programs and events!

For ongoing Health & Wellness and Academic programs, please see our Residence Resource Hub calendars.

Community Service Learning

Are you interested in making a positive impact on your community? Gaining valuable experience and learning while helping others? The University of Victoria’s Residence Life and Education Department (RLE) is pleased to offer a variety of Community Service Learning opportunities for students living in residence. The Canadian Alliance for Community Service-Learning defines Community Service-Learning (CSL) as “an educational approach that integrates service in the community with intentional learning activities. Within effective CSL efforts, members of both educational institutions and community organizations work together toward outcomes that are mutually beneficial.” Get involved locally in Project Serve Reading Break on February 8 – 10, 2015, or join us on one of our other CSL opportunities!


Project Serve Reading Break

“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”- Booker T. Washington

The Program

UVic Project Serve Reading Break LogoAre you ready to make a difference? To learn while helping others? Do you want a life changing learning experience? Project Serve Reading Break provides you with this type of opportunity. This 3 day experience will allow you to take a closer look at a local/national issue and investigate your own capacity to affect positive social change. This is a fantastic experience to apply some of what you are learning in classes to a real societal issue and an opportunity to add to your resume. Throughout the experience you will be encouraged to engage in personal and group reflection as you consider and develop your own sense of civic responsibility, leadership abilities, and social conscience.

Where We're Serving

From February 8th-10th we will be volunteering in the three programs provided by Broadmead Care. Broadmead Care offers compassionate, person-centred care that helps people enjoy life to the fullest – regardless of circumstances that affect their health and well-being.

Broadmead Care helps veterans, seniors and adults with disabilities - people who require assistance every day to live their lives as fully and meaningfully as possible. They are exceptional people and they are served by employees and volunteers who are exceptional in their professionalism, their dedication, and their compassion.

We will spend one day with each of the following three programs: The Lodge at Broadmead - a 229-bed residential care facility with 115 Priority Access Beds for veterans, 110 community beds and four respite care beds for veterans; Nigel House; and Harriet House two residential program for 40 adults with disabilities between the ages of 19 and 55.

The Trip at a Glance



Activities at a glance

February 8

Harriet House

- Join the 17 Residents at Harriet House for cards and games in the morning. In the afternoon we will go with them on walks and errands.
-Harriet House Residents love volunteers and are looking forward to new friendly faces!

February 9

Broadmead Lodge

- Spend the morning participating in a multigenerational current events discussion group with veterans.
-Residents are keen to discuss current events with a younger generation.
-For the afternoon make sure you dress for the weather as we will be clearing invasive moss, blackberries and other species from around the building perimeter.

February 10

Nigel House

- Did you play the parachute game when you were young? Well the residents at Nigel house love the game and look forward to playing it and other games with you!
-In the afternoon we will help take program members to do some errands at local shopping centres.

Each day is framed by pre- and post-reflection activities with the group. This is a great way for us to connect and to reflect on the impact our service has on us and the greater community.

Cost: FREE!
Number of Participants: 6
Dates: February 8-10. Participants must be available to participate in all three days throughout the times noted on the “trip at a glance”.
Community Partner: Broadmead Care http://www.broadmeadcare.com/
Meals and Transportation: Lunch and transportation between residence and service locations provided.
Apply: Please visit http://tinyurl.com/p-serverb . Applications due Friday January 30 at noon.

Keep checking this website for details regarding CSL opportunities as they arise.
Check out our last two Project Serve Days on March 16th, 2013 and September  28, 2013:
UVic CSL volunteers help to remove invasive species in the local forest

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