We looked for value based upon the price and the amenities and services available.

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Editor's Top 7 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~C$85 
Popular Victoria-Saanich hotel with kitchenettes, air conditioning & free downtown shuttle
This hotel provides a friendly, clean and comfortable environment with reasonable prices and lots of freebies a 10-minute drive to the university. Bin 4 Burger Lounge offers excellent specialty burgers and food is half-price after 9 pm. There's adoptable rubber ducks for those leaving their kids behind at university for the first time.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, downtown shuttle, bike rentals, local calls, newspapers, and passes to Steve Nash Fitness World
  • Rooms were clean and updated with comfortable beds
  • Location was an easy walk to the mall and an easy drive to downtown
  • Staff were courteous, helpful, considerate
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Breakfast room was small and sometimes crowded
  • Some heard sounds from plumbing and car traffic
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Book from ~C$72 
Popular Victoria hotel with retro decor, indoor-outdoor pool, waterslide & kitchenette rooms
Hotel Zed is a well loved and fun budget motel offering lots of amenities, nearby shopping and restaurants and a wide variety of freebies, only a 12-minute drive to the university and a 3-minute walk to the bus stop.

Highlights include a year round indoor-outdoor pool with waterslide, an outdoor hot tub, a ping pong lounge, Wii terminals and free long board and bike rentals. There's a licensed restaurant and a small terrace or patio area for guests to enjoy outside as well.

All rooms offer free Wi-Fi, large flat screen TVs, desks and mini-fridges in a cool retro theme. Guests can also book rooms with a full kitchen, separate bedroom and air conditioning. Free 24-hour coffee is available for early birds and night owls and there’s a free downtown shuttle for a change of scenery.

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, downtown shuttle, local calls, coffee in lobby, bike and longboard rentals
  • Rooms were clean with comfortable beds
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants and shopping and an easy drive to downtown
  • Many guests had a fun experience at this hotel, especially families with children
  • Guests enjoyed friendly interactions with staff
  • The free shuttle to downtown, pool, waterslide and other amenities were a hit with guests
  • Several guests enjoyed good meals on site
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good
Cons
  • No elevator
  • Not all rooms are air conditioned
  • Noise transfer from the pool, the street and other rooms a problem for some
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Book from ~C$104 
Highly praised downtown Victoria boutique hotel with popular restaurant

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, local calls, cheese plate, daily coffee with pastry
  • Rooms were very clean, and well appointed with comfy beds
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants, shopping and downtown attractions
  • Staff were super friendly and helpful
  • Guests often thought the hotel was good value
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Valet parking is $22 and self-parking is $15, per day
  • Some found their rooms small
  • Some complained of noise from Douglas Street
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Book from ~C$86 
Highly praised downtown Victoria hotel with restaurant and kitchenette suites 

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, bicycle rentals, bottled water, local calls
  • Rooms were clean, and well equipped with comfy beds
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants, shopping and downtown attractions
  • Staff were friendly and professional
  • Guests often liked the value of this hotel
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good
Cons
  • Valet parking is $20 in summer and $10 in winter
  • Some guests said the hotel was a bit dated
  • Occasionally guests complained of noise from inside or outside the hotel
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Book from ~C$146 
Boutique hotel in Old Towne offers clean units with kitchens & restaurant with craft beers

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, local calls, pet stays, coffee in lobby
  • Rooms were clean, large and well-equipped with kitchens and comfy beds
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants, shops and downtown attractions
  • Staff were very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly
  • The restaurant was well liked by guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • Parking is $11 per day
  • Some found the hotel a little dated
  • No air conditioning a problem for some on the warmer days
  • Some complained of noise from the pub
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Book from ~C$60 
Well-liked Victoria hotel in Upper Harbour with indoor pool, free Wi-Fi and kitchen suites

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Many guests found the rooms to be very clean, updated and comfortable
  • Guests liked the staff of this hotel and found them accommodating and friendly
  • Many guests were well pleased with the reasonable rates and good value of this hotel
  • Several guests praised the food at the restaurant on site
  • Guests liked the location, convenient to downtown, the Galloping Goose trail, shopping and entertainment venues
Cons
  • No elevator to top floor (1 flight of stairs to access)
  • Some guests complained of noise transfer from within the hotel
  • Hotel a little dated according to a few guests
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Book from ~C$95 
Well-liked downtown Victoria hotel with indoor pool, restaurant and free Wi-Fi

Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, local calls, coffee in lobby, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean and well-appointed with comfy beds
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants, shops and downtown attractions
  • Staff were very helpful, informative and friendly
  • Some guests appreciated having secure underground parking
  • The restaurant was well liked by guests
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good
Cons
  • Parking is $12 or $9 per day with limited spots
  • Rooms were not directly air conditioned
  • Some complained of noise on occasion from street-facing rooms

3 Other Hotels Close to University of Victoria

Editor's Picks
Book from ~C$192 
Oceanfront location, great staff and food, luxurious and modern rooms
Location
Five-star luxury awaits in the beautiful Oak Bay district, near the waterfront just a 10-minute drive from the University.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Public transit from this hotel is not the easiest option, as the nearest bus stop (bus #1) is a 5-minute walk away and guests will have to transfer to bus #7 to reach the campus and walk about 13 minutes from the stop. Total travel time to UVic is 49 minutes.
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Numerous guests praised their clean and luxurious rooms
  • The hotel's staff were complimented for their professional and efficient service
  • Several lodgers enjoyed the quality of the hotel's food
Cons
  • A few guests found the room rates and The Dining Room food to be too expensive
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Book from ~C$80 
Well-liked Victoria hotel near Mayfair mall offers suites, free hot breakfast & free parking
Location
Just a 4-minute walk from Mayfair Shopping Centre, the Comfort Hotel is located on Blanshard Street /Patricia Bay Highway and is a 10-minute drive from the University.
Getting Around: Public Transit
The nearest bus stop (route #72) is a 7-minute walk from the hotel and guests will have to transfer (route #16) in order to reach UVic. Total travel time is 38 minutes.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, local calls, newspapers
  • Rooms were clean, quiet and spacious with comfortable beds
  • Location was walking distance to restaurants and shopping and an easy drive to downtown
  • Staff were friendly and helpful
  • Guests enjoyed breakfast and other meals on site
  • Some thought the hotel provided good value for Victoria
  • Wi-Fi was rated very good
Cons
  • Some guests complained of noise disturbance from other guests and sound echoing in the hallways
  • Some found the rooms dated
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Book from ~C$74 
Highly praised uptown Victoria budget hotel with very clean rooms and free parking
Location
The Mayfair Motel offers a clean room at a budget price. It's located on Speed Avenue just off the Trans-Canada Highway and near to the Mayfair Shopping Centre. UVic is a 12-minute drive away.
Getting Around: Public Transit
Getting to the university involves picking up the bus for route #71 in a 3-minute walk from the motel and transferring to the #16 bus, taking guests directly to the UVic campus bus stop, a 2-minute walk from the building. Total travel time is 30 minutes.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, local calls
  • Rooms were very clean and spacious with comfortable beds
  • Location was an easy walk to restaurants, the bus stop and mall and an easy drive or bus ride to downtown
  • Staff were friendly and accommodating
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent
Cons
  • No air conditioning a problem for some
  • Some complained of extra charge to use stove/oven and no utensils, plates, cups provided for short term stays
  • Some said rooms had dated decor

Tips For Staying Near University of Victoria

Location
Situated near the easternmost point of Victoria Island, the University of Victoria (or UVic) is outside of Saanich, at a 13-minute drive, and a 14-minute drive northeast of downtown Victoria.
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Getting Around
The faculty buildings themselves are oriented in the middle of Ring Road, a perfectly circular road that surrounds the campus. Outside of the ring are the parking lots, student union, residence buildings and administration offices. To orient oneself, the school has provided a number of maps on their website.

Prospective students are welcome to visit the campus for a 90-minute campus tour, Monday through Saturday starting at 1 pm at the Welcome Centre. Reservations can be made on their website.

There are eight transit routes serviced by BC Transit heading to UVic from around the Greater Victoria area. All students enrolled in at least one course are offered a U-Pass giving them unlimited access to transit service on BC Transit. The fee is mandatory and included in student fees. The UVicMobile app for Android or iPhone details exactly when the next bus is leaving campus.

Regular fares are $2.50 per ride, per adult, and an unlimited-use day pass can be purchased for $5. More information on BC Transit fares and routes can be found on their website.

The campus is also connected to a number of bike trails and cycling routes and the university provides a large number of bike parking spots, storage lockers and shower facilities, as well as bike rental and sales through their Spokes program. 
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Parking
Over 4,000 parking spots are available across seven parking lots ranging in price from $1.50 per hour to $8 per day. Visitors can choose from metered parking or purchase passes from permit dispensers located in every parking lot.

A parking map can be found online.

Students and staff can also purchase yearly, per-semester, monthly or even weekly permits. Prices vary based on the lot and more information and rates can be found on their website.
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Dining
There are 11 different food outlets on campus, as well as scattered shops throughout campus. A handy dining map is available for visitors to locate exactly what they're craving, and a detailed description of all the dining areas can be found on their website.
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Entertainment
From chamber recital to lecture series to Vikes games, finding something to do on campus is as easy as checking out their online calendar of events, which even includes important academic dates throughout the year.
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Other Tips
Meeting and event planners can book a number of auditoriums throughout campus, based on academic use and availability. All auditoriums come with audio/visual and catering services. More information on booking can be found on their website.
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