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Start your Winter semester with confidence

Start your Winter semester with confidence

Whether you are new to UFV or simply continuing your studies, orientation is a sure way to get ready for the start of the semester. 
Join us for a mix of on-campus activities and online sessions starting this December.

Tl'etl'axel: student orientation

Holiday campus closure

Please note that the UFV campus and its services are closed from Dec 23 - Jan 1, 2023. Facilities and services access will resume on Jan 2, 2023.

Day ONE: Welcome to campus

January 2, 2024 | 12:30-3:30 pm
Abbotsford campus

Day ONE is a fun and informative on-campus event to welcome you into the UFV community on the first day of your upcoming semester.

Meet a variety of UFV departments and student services, and find out how to join student clubs and associations! Have lunch with students in your program, take a campus tour, and meet the staff and faculty who are here to support you as you begin your academic journey at UFV. 

Plan to arrive at the times below to meet your connect with peers in your incoming class and get to know your Faculty of study.

Suggested Arrival Times

  • 12:30 - Faculty of Business and Computing
  • 1:30 College of Arts & Faculty of Education Community and Human Development & School of Graduate Studies
  • 2:30 Faculty of Science & Faculty of Applied and Technical Studies & Faculty of Health Sciences

Not sure what faculty you belong to? Visit to find out!

Lunch is included for students attending this event.

RSVP for this event is strongly encouraged. 

You need to be enrolled in one or more courses in the Winter 2024 semester to attend the Winter Day ONE orientation event.


Students on the green for orientation with a giant beach ball

Get ready for a fun and exciting day on campus

Here is a sneak peek of what you can expect at UFV's Day ONE event.



Invocation ceremony

Meet your UFV president, the dean from your faculty of study, and the Student Union Society to celebrate the first day of your semester at UFV!


Faculty welcome sessions

Get to know your program faculty, meet students enrolled in your program, and get advice about studying at UFV. Select your program session in the RSVP form.


UFV services fair

Find out about the services and supports available to you, and get connected to UFV Student Clubs & Associations. 

A few tips to fully enjoy the Day ONE experience

Activities take place outside and inside buildings on campus, so we recommend that you: 

  • Wear comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and footwear: you will be sitting/navigating the campus for 3-6 hours.
  • Bring your own reusable water bottle to help save on waste.
  • Consider bringing a phone or digital device that can access the internet to participate in optional online activities.

Thinking about picking up your campus card, U-pass, or textbook order while you are on campus?

If you don't need your campus card, U-pass, or textbook order urgently, we suggest that you wait until a later date to avoid the lineups.

RSVP for Day ONE

RSVP for Day One so we know to expect you and can send you useful updates about the event, including how to check-in on the day.

 If you require accessibility or dietary accommodations, please RSVP at least 10 days in advance to allow the Orientation team enough time to meet your needs. 

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Directions, parking & check-in location

33844 King Road
Abbotsford, BC  V2S 7M8

Get directions to UFV Abbotsford campus



Transportation options

Campus shuttle from and to Chilliwack: check the schedule

Public transit:

  • If you are located in the Fraser Valley, check BC Transit for bus routes and schedules
  • If you are coming from Metro Vancouver (Langley, Surrey, etc.), visit Translink to find options that will connect you to the Fraser Valley



Parking is FREE on campus if you are attending Day ONE.

You can use any parking lot, but we recommend using Lot 10 (the closest to the Gillis Av. entrance).

You can also park for free at the Chilliwack campus and take the shuttle to and from the Abbotsford campus.


Check-in location

Check-in with the Orientation team in the lobby of the Student Union Building (building S).

Staff and volunteers will help you find your seat for the Invocation ceremony.

View the Student Union Building on Google Maps




Between 700 and 1,200 students usually attend the Fall semester event, and about 300 to 500 students attend the Winter semester one.

If you need any special help or arrangements to feel more comfortable at this large-scale event, please let us know in the accessibility accommodations field of the event RSVP form. 

The UFV Orientation team strives to create an inclusive Day ONE 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 will do our best to meet all accessibility requests submitted at least 5 business days in advance via the form.

All event areas are wheelchair accessible, and have a variety of seating options to choose from and live captioning will be provided during the Invocation ceremony.

Although this is a large event, you can find calm and quiet spaces to participate in activities, or simply take a break from noise and other people when you need it.

If you would like to make a change to your request or submit a new one, please email and our team will do our best to make arrangements to meet your needs.


During this event, you will be provided with snacks in the morning, and a BBQ meal in the afternoon. The Orientation team works to provide a range of food options for varying dietary needs and restrictions.

Additional options for food purchase on campus include Tim Horton's, and the Fairgrounds cafe.

If you have dietary restrictions, simply indicate your food requirements in the online booking form when you RSVP to this event. Make sure to RSVP at least 10 days in advance to give us time to adapt our menu to best suit your needs.

On the day of the 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.

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 visit a UFV campus, please book a campus tour.

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