Getting involved with a student organization, attending events, or learning something new at a workshop are just some of many ways to get involved on campus. From group study hubs, to contributing to Acta Victoriana, Canada’s oldest continuous university publication, there are countless ways for you to get involved on campus.
Through our First-year Transition Mentor Program, we will provide you with opportunities to meet other students, get engaged with Vic and U of T, and help you meet your personal and academic goals.
Pick up a weekly shift at one of our favourite spots on Vic campus, Caffiends, a student-run, volunteer-operated cafe, that not only educates volunteers on social justice issues and the importance of purchasing Fair-Trade, ethical products, but fosters an intimate community where students can study, relax, and interact.
Stroll through the Goldring Student Centre, a hub of student activity that houses our student government, and many clubs and levy offices. It also includes study space, Ned's Cafe, and The Cat's Eye student lounge (named after a novel written by Vic alumna, Margaret Atwood).
More than 3000 Vic students commute to campus daily. We have a dedicated commuter lounge and kitchen, and lockers available for rent (free of charge!). The Victoria Off-Campus Association offers free weekly pancake brunches, frequent movie screenings, free monthly dinners, and many other commuter events throughout the year.
Our team of commuter dons are upper-year students who also commute to campus. They act as student mentors or facilitators who are available to help you with personal, academic, financial or social matters, as well as connect you to university resources. Whether you’re having difficulty adjusting to university life or simply want to chat and connect, they're here to create a campus environment that is more commuter-friendly. They host many free events, including weekly Soup for the Soul and CommuniTea.
Living in residence is one of the highlights of the Vic experience. There are five residence buildings, which house both first-year and upper-year students.
Victoria College students are offered a place in residence at the College. Students who are interested in residence must fill out the StarRez application form to be guaranteed a spot in residence (this application can be filled out in advance of receiving an offer of admission from the University).“The residences were a real treat.... I still keep in contact with one friend from [residence] – fifty years later, and we talk by letter every day. You meet so many people in your time on res, even if they’re in totally different fields [of study]: you don't know at the time that these friendships are going to last a lifetime.” George MacDonald, Victoria College, Class of 1961