Royal Roads University: student life on campus

An insider’s perspective on the best hangover breakfast, place to study and more

The 411

Best place for a nap:
The library (they have blankets!)
Best cheap lunch:
May Gold Village Chinese buffet in Langford
Best place for a hangover breakfast:
Blue Fox Café
Favourite campus food:
Chicken wrap
Best bar for hanging out:
El Furniture Warehouse
Best pizza:
Ali Baba Pizza
Where to live:
Colwood or Langford (close to university)
Best place to study:
The library
Weirdest tradition:
Taking photos of peacocks every day of your student life until you leave
Best campus events:
International Showcase
Best giveaway:
The chocolates in your program office
If I wrote the school motto:
“Find your education inside and peace outside of class”
Best live music venue:
Copper Owl
If I could change one thing about the school:
The hill

PROFILE: Royal Roads University | Victoria, B.C. | Founded 1995

Royal Roads University’s historic grounds are colourful all year round: pink in the spring, green in the summer, red in the fall and white in the winter. A mere 20-minute drive from downtown Victoria, Royal Roads’ historic grounds show the stunning nature that Vancouver Island has to offer, with old-growth forests, formal gardens and trails to walk and hike along the tree-lined Pacific coastline.

Royal Roads is a unique university with a small on-campus population. That means you’ll definitely be on a first-name basis with students from other courses. You can be sure your instructors will know you by name, too. My instructors have not only helped me achieve my academic goals, but also played integral roles helping me develop personally and professionally. Studying within a supportive community has allowed me to make meaningful connections with new friends and professors. Royal Roads’ learning model is based on collaboration; students have the opportunity to work together with their peers. You won’t fall into the cycle of lecture, study, exam, repeat. Instead, I’ve learned how to work efficiently in a team—a skill I can take with me when I graduate and use in my professional career. This is a university where extracurricular is built into the curriculum; the classes take you outside of the classroom and into nature and the community. This allows you to explore what matters in the world and what matters to you. Royal Roads was founded on the idea that what you learn can be used and applied in your real life.

After Class
The International Showcase is an annual event that gives students a chance to share the culture of their home, displaying the diversity of the campus with more than 25 countries represented in 2019. The community service leadership project connects students to volunteer opportunities in Greater Victoria. The Student Association offers activities including Dim Sum and a Lion Dance in celebration of Chinese New Year and a Valentine’s Day Ball.

Local Vibe
Royal Roads University is located in the small city of Colwood, about 10 km from downtown Victoria. Victoria is on the southwest of Vancouver Island, with beautiful lakes and weekend getaway resorts a short ride away. Langford is a developing city near campus that provides the amenities you need if you choose to live there. Victoria itself has everything you might expect from an island city: scenic sunsets, cheap pubs and bad DJs. Mild winter months mean you can stay active year-round in Victoria while the rest of Canada is making snow sculptures.

More Info
Visit the Student Services Facebook page for up-to-date information about campus events. Check out the Royal Roads website for more information about programs, news and events.

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