Campus info

On-Campus Services

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.

Photo of the McPherson Library

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.

Logo of UVic Alumni Torch magazine

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 their email address.

Academic accommodations

At Continuing Studies at UVic, we want to support all of our students towards achieving success. Sometimes this means providing academic accommodations to reduce barriers and provide different ways of meeting essential course or program requirements. Of course, fulfilling these requirements remains the responsibility of learners, but there are things that we can do to help.

Learners with long-term or chronic medical issues and learners with disabilities are encouraged to contact our student support coordinator at 250-721-8473 or sscoord@uvic.ca as early as possible to see how we can best support their learning. 

Barrier examples: Accommodations examples:
Mobility challenges Classes in accessible locations; classroom set up to accommodate walkers, wheelchairs, etc. 
Visual impairment (low vision/blind) Larger print format; text-to-speech software; handouts in braille
Learning disability, ADHD Writing time extensions; alternate assessments; distraction reduced exam environments
Deaf or hard of hearing Instructors use a microphone; enable caption settings in video materials
Chronic pain  Extension for assignments; permission to take regular breaks in class or stand up when needed
Anxiety Permission to take breaks when needed; alternate assessments or activities; extension on deadlines

Personal Safety on campus

Campus Security

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. 

Image of two UVic Campus Security staff members

Security Officers act as First Responders trained to handle all medical emergencies.

Safewalk

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

Emergencies

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.

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.

  1. Sign up for the UVic Emergency Alerts to get an emergency text message.
  2. Use texting, not calls, to let your family know you’re safe.
  3. At the time of an emergency, check the UVic website for information.
  4. Medical emergency? Call 911 and Campus Security Services at 250-721-7599. Give your location.
  5. Fire? Pull the fire alarm and get out of the building: follow the instructions of the emergency coordinators wearing orange vests.
  6.  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.
  7. Threat of violence? Protect yourself by getting out, hiding or—as a last resort—take action.
  8. If you evacuate a building, take your wallet, keys and mobile phone with you.
  9. Use the UVic mobile app (iPhone | Android) for details on emergency response procedures. 
  10. 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

A Continuing Studies instructor in front of a blackboardFinding your classroom

Your classroom location is printed on your registration receipt. You can also find your classroom by logging in to your 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. 

Parking

A photograph of parking spots

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.

Buses

A photograph of a double decker busUVic is home to a central transit exchange, located between the bookstore and Student Union Building on Finnerty Road, and many bus routes begin or end at the university. 

Buses run 365 days a year, typically from 6 a.m. to midnight. Up-to-date information on all bus routes can be found at bctransit.com, the Transit App or using Google Maps.

The UVic campus is served by the following bus routes:

Bus Route Travels via...
4 UVic/Downtown Douglas, Hillside and Henderson
7 UVic/Downtown Fairfield, Foul Bay and Henderson
11 UVic/Tillicum Mall Gorge, Douglas, Fort, Cadboro Bay and Uplands
12 University Heights Cedar Hill, Kenmore, San Juan and Arbutus
13 Ten Mile Point Sinclair, Cadboro Bay
14 UVic/Vic General Helmeken, Craigflower, Douglas, Fort and Richmond
15 UVic/Downtown/Esquimalt Express Esquimalt, Fort and Foul Bay
16 UVic/Uptown Express McKenzie
17 UVic/Cedar Hill (Sept. to June, AM only) Quadra and McKenzie
26 UVic/Dockyard Esquimalt, Lampson, Tillicum, Saanich and McKenzie
39 UVic/Royal Roads McKenzie, Shelbourne, Royal Oak to Western Exchange and Royal Roads University
51 UVic/Langford  McKenzie, Trans Canada Hwy and Island Hwy

 


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