Photo of the inner harbour in Victoria BC

About Victoria

Map of Western Canada showing the city of Victoria

Welcome to Victoria, a vibrant city at the southern tip of Vancouver Island on Canada’s spectacular West Coast. Famous for its natural environment, mild climate and welcoming community, Victoria’s relaxed island lifestyle makes it the perfect place to live and learn.

Throughout the year, you’ll find Victorians enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking or camping. There are also lots of fun indoor activities to enjoy. Visit the Tourism Victoria events page to see what’s happening in our city right now.

We’re located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, just a short trip to Vancouver and Seattle by ferry or plane.

Victoria quick facts:

  • Capital city of British Columbia
  • Population: 400,000
  • Mildest weather in Canada
  • Approximately 30 minute flight to Vancouver or Seattle
  • Over 200 restaurants and pubs in the downtown area
  • Excellent shopping and outdoor activities
  • Beautiful, clean city
  • Welcoming and supportive community for international students

Victoria top attractions:

Victoria is a great place to explore nature: go hiking, whale watching, stroll around downtown, visit a museum or take a sunset cruise! 

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Living in British Columbia

BC offers not only a world-class education, but it is also a great place to live as an international student.


Certain ELC programs have UVic Homestay or dormitory options available. Check the specific program page for details. If you're interested in finding private accommodations, please view the University of Victoria's off-campus housing resource page.

Health and safety

BC has a great health care system and supports are right at your fingertips in the event of an emergency.


ELC students are automatically enrolled in a medical insurance plan called, which provides emergency medical insurance coverage for international students who are new to UVic Continuing Studies. View full details on the Medical insurance and student services page.