How much will Orientation cost?

The cost for September's Orientation programming is covered in your student fees. Just register using the link at the top of the page, and you're set! 

The fee for Commuter Orientation (Aug 12-13) is $40,  this covers your room and board for the weekend

Is attendance mandatory for Orientation?

Orientation is not mandatory, but is highly encouraged! There are lots of activities planned to address a wide variety of interests, so you're sure to find something that peaks your interest! Besides, when else do you get a week in school without homework and tests? Take advantage of Orientation and get used to your new home before the semester starts.

Residence Orientation on Sunday, Sept. 3 is mandatory for incoming students living in residence for the 2017-2018 year

Will food be provided?

At Vic Orientation 2017 we have prioritized feeding ALL incoming students and leaders free of charge! Staying well fed and hydrated are the keys to having a successful and productive Orientation. All provided meals will also include options for dietary needs including, but not limited to, gluten free, halal, vegetarian, and vegan. 

Food will be provided at the following events:

  • Lunch with VUSAC
  • Monday Night Dinner
  • Brunch with Profs
  • Pride Picnic
  • Dinner with Alumni
  • Scarlet & Gold Party
  • Clubs and Wellness Brunch
  • Open Mic Night 

Where will I be staying during Orientation?

Vic is very proud to provide residence accommodations for all students participating in Orientation. Commuters have the option of requesting a room in one of the Victoria College residences for the week. These students will be billeting with one or two residence students. There is no fee for billeting. 

What should I bring?

All students...

  • Casual clothes and comfy shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • A nice outfit for our semi-formal events (Monday night & Tuesday night)

If you are a commuter staying in residence for the week...

  • A sleeping bag, pillow, an air mattress
  • Towels and toiletries
  • Shower flip flops 

can I store my stuff somewhere if I'm a commuter and am not billeting for the week?

Yes! For the duration of Orientation there will be a supervised commuter storage space all day every day, so you don't have to worry about carrying a backpack around. 

What's the difference between Orientation week, Residence Orientation, and Commuter Orientation?

Orientation Week starts on Monday, Sept. 4 and is the main orientation for all incoming Vic students - it's filled with fun events and informational sessions to help you get adjusted to university.

Residence Orientation is on the Sunday just before the start of Orientation Week. It is designed to give first year residence students the opportunity to adjust to campus living, interact with floor mates, and meet their Dons before the upper year students return to residence. It gives the residence Dons a chance to share important information and give “insider tips” on making the most of university life. Res-O is mandatory for all incoming students planning to live in residence; commuter students staying in residence during Orientation are expected to participate as well.

Commuter Orientation takes place 3 weeks before Res-O and O-Week - Aug 12-13 - and is an additional weekend of scheduled events for commuters. It serves as a first contact opportunity to make friends and get acquainted with university. Comm-O costs $40 for the weekend. For more information on O-Week and Comm-O, look under their respective tabs at the top of this page!

Is there any faculty involvement during Orientation?

Yes! Events with faculty involvement include a Brunch with your Profs and Guest Lectures (for both Sciences and Humanities).

What do “LGBTIQQ2S” and “Ally” mean?

LGBTTIQQ2S: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Trans, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, and 2-Sprited.
Ally: anyone – straight or not – who supports the LGBTTIQQ2S community or any of their members.

I missed the deadline to register for Orientation,
Can I still register?

Don't worry, it's not too late! Just send an email to the Orientation Co-Chair at and we'll get you signed up! 

I do not have a question right now, but what if I have one later?

No problem – we love questions! If anything comes up, please feel free to e-mail Helen Hayes (Orientation Co-Chair) at or call the VUSAC office at 416-585-4473.