When you take a course or program at Continuing Studies, you get access to the following services:
W.C. Mearns Centre for Learning, McPherson Library
Continuing Studies students taking any non-credit course may receive borrowing privileges. Visit the Loan Desk to obtain your Community Borrowers card.
For detailed information about UVic Libraries, borrowing and resources, see the Libraries’ website.
Students residing outside Victoria have access to the library too! Contact the UVic Library Infoline for more information.
UVic Alumni Association
The UVic Alumni Association represents all graduates of the University of Victoria, including graduates of diploma and certificate programs. We encourage active, lifelong involvement in the university’s teaching, research and community outreach efforts.
The association offers a host of benefits and services that link alumni with their university. Visit us and learn about our events, programs and services. The UVic Torch Alumni Magazine is mailed free of charge twice each year and we distribute a monthly electronic newsletter to all alumni who provide us with their email address.
Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL)
The CAL (formerly Resource Centre for Students with a Disability - RCSD) works with the University, faculty and other departments and services to educate and consult on the implementation of universal instructional design to increase accessibility on campus.
When there are barriers to access the CAL works with students and instructors to develop a plan for academic accommodations to help make courses, material (i.e. textbooks) and/or other academic activities accessible.
The CAL offers programs and services to eligible students who are registered with our Centre:
- Learning Strategist program
- Tutor Matching program
- Note taking program
- Support with academic accommodation planning and accommodated exams
Appropriate documentation of a permanent disability is required to register and receive academic accommodations. A diagnosis of disability alone does not guarantee academic accommodations.
Personal Safety on campus
Campus Security Services is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A “safe haven” is located just inside their front doors should you need help at any time. SafeWalk services are available any time to anyone wanting an escort within campus boundaries. Campus Alone is available 24 hours a day for individuals who work/study in isolated areas on campus and are concerned about their personal safety.
Security Officers act as First Responders trained to handle all medical emergencies.
Campus Security offers a Safewalk service (24 hours) to anyone within the campus boundaries. Call 250-721-7599.
- Be alert and aware of your surroundings
- Trust your instincts
- Plan your route and vary it, if possible
- Park in well-lit areas
- Keep your vehicle locked
- Have your keys ready before you get to your vehicle
- Check interior of vehicle before entering
In the event of an emergency or to report any suspicious activity, contact Campus Security Emergency at 250-721-7599 or 911 (Emergency) for Police, Ambulance, or Fire
A reminder: wallets and purses are attractive targets to thieves. Don’t leave them unattended or in unlocked rooms.
Emergency procedures—just in case
Although major emergencies on campus are unlikely, it’s a good idea to be prepared. Here are a few tips to help you respond when the unexpected happens.
- Sign up for the UVic Emergency Alerts to get an emergency text message.
- Use texting, not calls, to let your family know you’re safe.
- At the time of an emergency, check the UVic website for information.
- Medical emergency? Call 911 and Campus Security Services at 250-721-7599. Give your location.
- Fire? Pull the fire alarm and get out of the building: follow the instructions of the emergency coordinators wearing orange vests.
- Earthquake? Drop, cover and hold on. Do not leave the building until the shaking stops. Go to the playing fields behind CARSA and stay away from the buildings.
- Threat of violence? Protect yourself by getting out, hiding or—as a last resort—take action.
- If you evacuate a building, take your wallet, keys and mobile phone with you.
- Use the UVic mobile app (iPhone | Android) for details on emergency response procedures.
- If you see something, say something: call the Campus Security emergency line at 250-721-7599 to report an emergency, unusual behaviour or personal safety concern.
For more information on Campus Security Services, programs and safety tips, call 250-721-8981, or visit their website.
Getting to campus
Finding your classroom
Your classroom location is printed on your registration receipt. You can also find your classroom by logging in to you Continuing Studies account and viewing the My Courses page. You can also call the Continuing Studies Registration Desk (between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm) to find out where your class is.
If your course is cancelled, or if there's a room change: an email will be sent to the primary email address on your Continuing Studies/Netlink account.
There are several parking lots for use around the campus. However, all vehicles parked on-campus must display a valid parking permit Monday to Saturday, 24 hours a day. There is no charge for parking on Sunday or statutory holidays.
Daily/hourly parking permits can be purchased from permit dispensers in UVic parking lots: limited metered parking is also available for visitors. Meters and permit dispensers accept cash or credit card.
Visit the Parking and Transportation Services section of the Campus Security website for more information about parking permits and rates.
The campus bus terminal is located beside the Campus Services Building on Finnerty Road. The UVic campus is served by the following bus routes:
- 4 UVic/Downtown
- 7 UVic/Downtown
- 11 UVic/Tillicum Mall
- 12 UVic/University Heights
- 13 Ten Mile Point/University Heights
- 14 UVic/Vic. General
- 15X Limited Stop Service—UVic/Downtown Esquimalt
- 16X Limited Stop Service—UVic/Uptown
- 17 Cedar Hill Special—Mon. to Fri.
- 18 Cedar Hill Special—Mon. to Fri.
- 26 UVic/Dockyard
- 33 UVic from James Bay (when UVic is in full session)
- 39 UVic/Royal Roads (evening and weekend trips to Royal Oak Exchange only)
- 51 UVic/Langford Exchange
- 76x Swartz Bay Express (early Fri. afternoon from UVic, and late Sun. afternoon and evening from Swartz Bay only. Operates only when UVic is in full session.)
You can find more detailed bus information, including schedules, on the Victoria Transit website.
For more information, please see the Info for Students FAQ page