Do UVic dorms have AC?

No, UVic dorms do not have air conditioning. Victoria has a temperate climate, with average summer temperatures in the mid-20s Celsius (mid-70s Fahrenheit). However, there can be a few days each summer when temperatures reach the 30s Celsius (low-90s Fahrenheit). UVic has a number of measures in place to help residents stay cool during these hot days, including:

  • Free cooling: UVic’s buildings use a system called “free cooling” to moderate the temperature inside. This system involves bringing in cool outdoor air at night and storing it in thermal storage tanks. During the day, the cool air is released back into the buildings, which helps to keep them cool.
  • Fans: All UVic dorms have fans in each room. Residents can also request a portable fan from the Residence Services office.
  • Common areas with AC: There are a number of common areas on campus with air conditioning, including the library, student union building, and recreation center. Residents can use these spaces to cool down on hot days.

If you are concerned about staying cool in your UVic dorm, you can also take some personal measures, such as:

  • Drink plenty of fluids: It is important to stay hydrated on hot days. Drink plenty of water, juice, or sports drinks.
  • Wear light, loose-fitting clothing: This will help you to stay cool and comfortable.
  • Take cool showers or baths: This can help to lower your body temperature.
  • Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day: If possible, try to avoid strenuous activity during the hours of 11am and 4pm.
  • Close your curtains during the day: This will help to keep your room cool.