Undergraduate students


Undergraduate lottery for Fall 2022

Although the University of Victoria has a first-year residence guarantee, we do have a limited number of residence spaces available for other students (upper-year undergraduates). This number changes each year, and is dependent on how many applicants are covered by the first year guarantee, and how many total spaces we have available in our buildings.

  • For Fall of 2022, we will have 500 spaces available for non-first year (upper-year undergraduate) students. This number will change on a daily basis over the course of the summer as the room assignment process continues.
  • The application deadline for the undergraduate lottery is May 15. This date has been extended in order to assess the number of spaces that will be available for undergraduate lottery applicants, after the first-year application deadline of May 1. Because we are adding two new buildings in the fall of 2022 and 2023, we anticipate we will be able to offer more beds to non-first year students over the next two years.
  • Full-year applicants are given preference in our room assignment process. Applicants must apply for the full academic year (September to April) to be included in the undergraduate lottery. 
  • After May 15, we run the undergraduate lottery and determine each applicant’s place on the undergraduate list.
  • We begin offering rooms to first-year students shortly after their May 1 application deadline, and undergraduates as soon as possible after the May 15 application deadline. The process of offering rooms (and having students either accept or reject their offer) will go on all summer until approximately one week before move-in day.
  • Eligible applicants in the undergraduate lottery may receive a room offer between May-August, depending on availability.

Please note: Those who apply for the Fall Term (September to December only) will not be included in the lottery. Fall term applicants will be placed on the waitlist below full academic year applicants.

How and when to apply

Before you begin your residence application, make sure you have your NetLink ID and an email address that you will use for at least the next 12 months. 

You will need to pay the non-refundable $50 application fee by credit card or debit. This fee is paid online as part of the application process.

The residence application deadline is May 15. If we receive your application after this date, you will be added to our waitlist.

Applications for the academic year open on the first Monday in February. To be considered for the lottery, you need to apply by May 15

Accommodation preferences

When you apply, you will be able to rank up to three preferences for housing type (including selecting a room type and a community). 

Undergraduate students are eligible to select cluster housing. Undergraduate students will not be able to select dormitory housing as a room type preference, unless applying for the Indigenous LLC.

Please be advised that we try our best to accommodate room preferences whenever possible, however requests for a particular room type are not guaranteed.

Apply for a living learning community

Please note that there is one living learning community that is open to undergraduate applicants for the fall of 2022.

A new Indigenous Living Learning Community will be open to undergraduate applicants from any faculty who self identify as Indigenous.
This is an opportunity to live in a community that connects students while away from home, sharing culture and traditions together. The Indigenous LLC will be well supported by several on-campus faculties, departments and services, including the Indigenous Studies program

If you are interested in this living learning community - you must submit a supplemental application. Applicants will be selected based on the quality of their answers, including examples of:

  • experience and interest in the theme
  • a demonstrated commitment to continuous learning about the theme
  • ability to contribute creatively to the theme.

Living learning community applications are evaluated by the LLC committee and will be ranked according to the quality of their answers to the supplemental questions. Room offers to the Living Leaning Communities are based on these rankings. Applicants who are not accepted into this living learning community are still included in the lottery, as long as they have submitted an application by the deadline and qualify to live in residence.

We look forward to reading your application and welcoming you to this fantastic community!

Can I request a roommate?

Yes, you may request a roommate through your residence application in the Housing Portal. Roommate requests must be verified (mutually confirmed) in order to be considered. We will facilitate roommate requests when possible however we cannot make guarantees.

After I apply

  • Once we run the undergraduate lottery, we'll send you an email indicating your lottery number and we will give you an estimate of whether or not you may receive an offer. Please note our assignment process is dynamic and room offers continue to go out until the end of August.
  • Residence Services will send room offers via email between May and August, as availability allows.

  • If you receive your room offer in May, June, or July, you have 4 days to accept the offer by paying the $500.00 non-refundable acceptance fee, the $250 security deposit, and agreeing to the Residence Contract terms.

  • If you receive your room offer in August, you have 48 hours to accept your offer by paying the $500.00 non-refundable acceptance fee, the $250 security deposit, and agreeing to the Residence Contract terms.

  • Room offers that are not accepted will be cancelled. We send one room assignment offer per student.


  • If you wish to cancel your residence application, you may do so through the Housing Portal. On the Application Status page, look for the "Cancel Application" option. Please note that the $50 application fee is non-refundable.

  • Applications are non-transferable. Your application fee is non-refundable and may not be used towards a future application.

  • If you cancel your housing offer on or before August 31, you will lose your $500 acceptance deposit.

  • If you cancel your housing offer between September 1 and your move-in date, you will lose your $500 acceptance fee and your $250 security deposit.

  • If you cancel on or after your move-in date, you will lose 60-days of accommodation (charge) and your $250 security deposit. For meal plan cancellation penalties, please check with Food Services.