Day ONE: Welcome to Campus is a part of your UFV Student Orientation experience! Connect with peers in your incoming class, get to know your Faculty of study, meet UFV departments and services, and find out how to join student clubs and associations on the first day of your first semester at UFV.
Who can attend?
The Day ONE: Welcome to Campus event, offered through the UFV Student Orientation program, is only available to current, registered UFV students beginning their studies in the Summer 2022 or Fall 2022 academic semester.
If you're not a new UFV student just starting your studies this semester, visit the the New UFV Students webpage to find Student Orientation resources and events available to all UFV students!
This event is open to all registered UFV students in the Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 semesters. Historically, there has been between 700-1,200 students in attendance at this event. If there is anything the Orienatation team can do to make you feel more comfortable at this large-scale event, please let us know in the Accessibility accommodations field of the event RSVP form.
Campus safety protocols
On the day of this event, before coming to campus, please complete a Self-Assessment Health Check. If you are experiencing any covid symptoms, please choose to stay home.
All UFV events follow current PHO and University health and safety guidelines. For more information on UFV's return-to-campus plan and COVID-19 protocols, please visit UFV’s Coming to Campus webpage.
The UFV Orientation team strives to create an inclusive tour experience for students of all abilities and backgrounds. If you have any accessibility needs that you would like our team to accommodate, simply include them on your online booking form when you RSVP to this event.
We encourage students with accessibility requirements to RSVP 10-14 days in advance to give us time to adapt your experience to best suit your needs.
Getting to campus
This event takes place at the UFV Abbotsford campus location(33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC, Canada V2S 7M8).
All students are instructed to meet at Building E (also known as the Recreation & Athletics centre), but parking is available in any parking lot on campus. UFV staff and student volunteers will be waiting at Building E to check you in, and help you find your seat for the Invocation ceremony.
Parking & transportation options
Parking is free for any new students attending the Day ONE event at the Abbotsford campus on the first day of the upcoming semester. Please note that all UFV parking lots are pay parking throughout the rest of the semester.
Select parking stalls are available for electric vehicle charging. Please note that these parking stalls have a time limit, and you may be required to move your vehicle to a new space after that time limit has expired.
For students looking for transportation options to and from Chilliwack, the UFV-SUS Campus Shuttle will be in operation on September 6th with an adapted schedule. For the most up-to-date information on Campus Shuttle arrival/departure times, visit the Student Union Society website.
For students choosing to take public transit, take a look at the BC Transit website to find out more about Fraser Valley bus routes, schedules and stops that will take you to the Abbotsford campus location.
Please note that the BC Transit system serves the Fraser Valley only. Students living in Metro Vancouver (e.g. Langley, Surrey, Coquitlam etc.) will need to visit the Translink website to find public transportation options that will first connect them to the Fraser Valley.
During this event, participants will be provided with light snacks in the morning, and a BBQ lunch in the afternoon. The Orientation team works to provide a range of food options for students with varying dietary needs and restrictions. Additional options for food purchase on campus that will be open on Sept 6th include Tim Horton's, and the Fairgrounds cafe.
If you have a dietary restriction that you would like our team to accommodate, simply indicate your food restrictions your online booking form when you RSVP to this event.
We encourage students with specific dietary requirements to RSVP 10-14 days in advance to give us time to adapt our menu to best suit your needs.
What to bring
Tours will take place both outside and inside buildings on campus. Bring what you need to be comfortable navigating or walking the campus for about 1.5 hours, and be prepared for the weather. Here's what we suggest:
- Bring your own non-medical mask to wear for the entire duration of your tour.
Wear comfortable shoes
Dress appropriately for an indoor and outdoor environment
Consider bringing your own reusable waterbottle (refill stations are available on campus)
Getting your campus card & u-pass
While you’re on campus for this event, you may be able to get your Student ID card (campus card) and u-pass sticker.
Given that this is a large-scale event, lineups may be quite long. If you don't need your u-pass or campus card for access to public transportation or Municipal Recreation Centres, you can stop by the Campus Card office and SUS office any time during the semester, and avoid the lineups.
UFV Campus Card
If you are currently registered in at least 1 course for the Fall semester, and would like to get your campus card before the start of classes, you should plan to be photo ready, bring one piece of government photo ID, have your UFV student number ready. Check the campus card website to find out their hours of operation, and more information, and plan to be picture ready!
For students who plan on using BC Transit or municipal recreation centres in Abbotsford, Mission, and Chilliwack, you may also be able to get your u-pass sticker from the Student Union Society before the start of classes. Check the SUS u-pass website to find out their hours of operation, and more information.
Textbooks from the UFV Bookstore
Some instructors publish their list of course materials in advance so students can purchase their course textbooks and other items before the start of classes. You can look up the materials list for each of your courses by visiting the UFV Bookstore website. Many students also choose to purchase their materials directly from the UFV bookstore.
Currently, the bookstore is open for in-person browsing and purchasing, and will also accept online purchase orders with assigned pickup times. If you plan on buying your course materials from the bookstore via online order, consider arranging a pickup for a time that doesn't interfere with Day ONE event activities.
Friends, family & supporters
Please note that this event is for students only. Guests are not permitted to accompany students to this event. If you have friends, family, or supporters who would like to attend a UFV campus, please visit the Future Students website to book a campus tour.