The University of Victoria or UVic or Victoria as it is popularly referred to, is a public research university located in Oak Bay and Saanich in the Greater Victoria region of British Columbia. This university is the third largest university in British Columbia which came into being in 1903 by the name Victoria College. This Victoria College then, was an affiliate of the McGill University and subsequently in 1963; this college got transformed into the university which stands as of today. The University of Victoria admits as many as 20,000 every year and is known for wonderful architecture, lush green gardens and pleasant climate.
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The main campus of the University of Victoria is located in vicinity of Gordon Head area which is located in Greater Victoria. This campus extends between two municipalities of Saanich and Oak Bay. The Gordon Head area is located along the sea in which the university lies to the southeast. The peaceful and tranquil surroundings of Gordon Head create the perfect study ambience for the students.
The campus of the University of Victoria stands on a lavish spread of more than 400 acres of land situated right between the municipalities of Oak Bay and Saanich. The architecture of this university which is so popular has been developed by the San Francisco based architectural and planning firm, Wurster, Bernardi and Emmons.
Some of the prominent features of the campus include Cunningham which hosts the departments of Biology along with the Center of Forest Biology and a number of research centers set up for that purpose; the David Turpin Building which contains the Water and Climate Impacts Research center; the Elliott building which houses the Climenhaga Obsevatory, the Engineering buildings where research studies in the field of Engineering take place, the Fraser building which consists of mock courtroom for Law students, the MacLaurin building which houses the Auditorium as well as the Curriculum Library amongst several other things, the McPherson library where all the university archives and collections are stores and so on.
Speaking of accommodation, the University of Victoria provides both, on as well as off campus housing facilities for its students. The intention behind offering this is because the university truly believes in helping the students set up a home away from home and which they can call as ‘their own home’ and which may not necessarily be on campus. The on campus housing facility which is provided consists of single or double apartments or cluster style accommodation, dormitories etc. Students who opt for single or double rooms are provided with in-house dining options as well.
As far as off campus accommodation is concerned, the university has collaborated with places4students which is an online portal where landlords can post their apartments for the purpose of leasing and the students can view and finalize the apartments. The university takes extra caution when it comes off campus accommodations in order to ensure that no students gets unduly cheated or duped.
Since this is a student city, you will get cheap accommodation easily. You can also help yourself by starting the search early on Used Victoria or Craiglist.
Those looking to study mathematics, engineering and physics are likely to be disappointed by the quality of professors here. However, there are good reviews for the professors of environmental studies who are known to be friendly and approachable. The areas where the university aces in faculty quality includes Marine Biology Environmental Studies, Law, Neuroscience, Business, , and Ocean and Earth Studies.
Jobs and placements
The department of Career Services of the University of Victoria aims of helping the students gets their career goals within their reach. It provides services like resume writing assistance and guidance along with career coaching and self development resources to improve employability of the students. There are several external internships and other opportunities available to the students on the university portal.
The PhD and MA program students have earned placements in a variety of places in the role of economists, professors, policy analysts, transit anlayts, Econometrician, researcher etc. Some of the recruiters include Bank of Montreal, Health Canada, Ministry of Labour and Citizen Services, BP Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada and Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK.
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