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Tanara Oliveira/News Staff
The University of Victoria just opened a new student housing building that will house hundreds of more students on campus.
“When young people move away from home for school, they need to be able to find safe, secure and affordable housing,” said Premier David Eby. “But spots in residence can fill up quickly, forcing some students to search for somewhere to live off campus during a housing crisis. That’s why our government is building new student housing throughout the province, including at UVic. These new homes are helping students enjoy campus life, easily access student services and focus on their studies, while also easing demand on Victoria’s rental market.”
The newly opened residence, launched in September 2023, arrived a year ahead of schedule. It offers 385 single-room dormitory-style beds, primarily intended for first-year students, along with an Indigenous student lounge.
Selina Robinson, minister of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills, remarked on the government’s commitment to expanding student housing options, stating, “We’re helping students in British Columbia and reducing rental housing pressures by building thousands of new student beds throughout British Columbia. This government is acting to build more homes for students. Our commitment is strengthened by our increased investment of $575 million over three years and $1.1 billion over 10 years.”