Where is UVIC | Ultimate University Guide

When researching great universities, the University of Victoria is surely one that stands out! It is the oldest post-secondary institution in British Columbia, and it has an amazing campus that lives up to its rich history! So … where is UVic?

Where is UVic Located?

With a total area of 403 acres (163 ha) on its main site alone, the UVic campus lies on the border between the municipalities of Oak Bay and Saanich, divided almost perfectly down the centre of campus (with the northeast half being located in Saanich and the southwest half in Oak Bay).

In simpler terms, the campus is located in Victoria, on the BC coast. Victoria is situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island!

How Do I Get to Campus?

As the University of Victoria is a destination point for upwards of 20,000 individuals on any given day, there are a multitude of options available to get you to the campus. Walking is a popular choice for those living a short distance from the campus!

With subsidized bus passes for qualifying employees and a subsidized bus pass for all students, UVic has the second most active transit hub in Greater Victoria. There are eight different transit routes that access the University!

Victoria is also well known for its extensive cycling routes and wonderful scenery. A number of cycling routes access the university. Bike racks are located adjacent to every building on the campus and a small U-fixit area has been provided beside the north doors of the Parkade at the UVic Centre. How convenient!

If you are driving to the university, there are 16 parking lots located on campus with more than 4,000 parking stalls. Centrally located lots experience the highest occupancy, however, there are always parking stalls available at the outer lot that are usually empty!

Way-finding Tips!

There is no fixed connection (bridge or roadway) connecting Vancouver Island to mainland BC. Here are three ways you can travel to the island and get to campus!:

Here are Common Directions if you are Traveling from:

Vancouver to UVIC

  • Ferry or driving:
    • Take the Swartz Bay ferry from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal (1-hour-and-35-minute sailing time). You will exit the ferry terminal on the Patricia Bay Highway (17 South). After 29 km take Exit 7, McKenzie Avenue. Turn left onto McKenzie Ave. After about 8 km turn right onto McGill Road, the main entrance to UVic. The drive takes about 30 minutes.
  • Air:
    • Harbour Air lands in the Inner Harbour of Downtown Victoria. From there you can catch a bus or a taxi (victoriataxi.com, taxicab.com, yellowcabvictoria.com) to UVic. The main bus routes from downtown to UVic are: 4, 7, 11, 14, or 15. Check the current bus schedule.

Victoria International Airport to UVIC

  • Driving:
    • Victoria International Airport is located off of the Patricia Bay Highway (Highway 17), a 30- to 40-minute drive north of UVic. When driving from the airport, follow the signs to Victoria or City Centre. These will lead you onto Highway 17. Once on Highway 17, drive 29 km and take Exit 7, McKenzie Avenue. Turn left onto McKenzie Avenue. After about 8 km, turn right onto McGill Road, the main entrance to UVic. The drive takes about 30 minutes.
  • The YYJ Airport Shuttle offers service from the airport to many locations in Victoria. Buses leave every half hour between 4 a.m. and midnight, 7 days a week.

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