Student Life

The Canadian College of Performing Arts is situated in Victoria, BC, on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen speaking peoples, now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. 

The College occupies 20,000 square feet of studio and performance space in one of the most desirable areas of the city, two blocks from village markets, pubs, cafes, banks and shops. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the West Coast of British Columbia, you’re always steps away from ocean, forest, and mountain views. The temperate climate and active arts community give students access to year-round active living, arts festivals and performances.

  • Onsite shower, locker, and laundry facilities
  • Dedicated student kitchen
  • Student lounge
  • Library and computer lab
  • All-gender, gender-specific, and accessible washrooms
  • Access to local discounts at shops and cafes
  • 100-seat Performance Hall
  • Nine classrooms for acting, voice, and career management instruction
  • Three dance studios

The school is located in Oak Bay. Students are able to find rental apartments/housing close to the school in the adjoining neighbourhoods (Oak Bay, Foul Bay, and Fernwood). The College and fellow students are happy to help you in your search. The city allows for easy transportation by foot, bike, or bus.

Student Council
The Student Council acts as a liaison between the student body, staff and faculty of the college. Student representatives are elected from Year I, Year II, and the Studio Ensemble. The Council’s primary focus is to plan social and fundraising events that benefit the student body, such as cabarets, dances, hot chocolate days, and the annual Valentines Day card delivery. The Council meets regularly with an administration representative to discuss student issues or proposed events.

Social Events
The College provides opportunities to socialize and meet staff, faculty, and fellow students with social events during Orientation Week, such as the full-school welcome dinner and the student & faculty meet-and-greet lunch. Student Council and/or the College also organize student cabarets and dances throughout the year. The College frequently partners with its neighbor, the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, to provide community dinners.

Getting Involved
Students have the opportunity to get a first-hand view of the College’s operations by participating in the Canadian Heritage Arts Society’s Annual General Meeting, representing the student body on the Student / Staff / Faculty Liaison Committee, or serving on the Joint Health & Safety Committee.

Campus Employment
Limited positions are available for students to earn money through a campus employment program during the year, assisting the staff in several administrative and production departments. This provides students with some financial assistance and a better appreciation and understanding of the business of the arts. 

A safe space for you to be whatever you want with no judgement or fear… I am lucky to be surrounded by such loving people from all over the country and the world.

Tessa ThompsonVictoria, BC

Mental Health Supports
Students at the College have access to a campus counsellor, providing confidential in-house counselling virtually and in-person at the College. All students currently registered in a B.C. post-secondary institution also have access to free, confidential counselling at

Student Food Bank
The food bank program supports our students with donated food items to supplement healthy eating during the long days of this intense training program. All services are confidential and all students are welcome to use this service throughout the school year. Cash donations towards the student food bank can be made year round through Canada Helps.

Student Discounts
The College has partnered with several Oak Bay businesses to provide discounts to College students who display their student I.D. at point of purchase. Click here to see the list of discounts for the 2019-20 year.

Spend the Day
High school students are invited to get a glimpse of life at the College, with an opportunity to observe and participate in college-level dance, voice and acting classes, and talk to current students, faculty, and the college directors. If you are interested in attending a future Spend the Day, please sign up for our newsletter below, or contact us at

View Photo Credits

in-class photography, 2019 | photo credit Peter Pokorny
Audition Now, 2019 | video credit Derek Ford Studios
building exterior | photo credit Peter Pokorny
Oak Bay Village | photo credit Benjamin Madison
orientation week, 2018 | photo credit Emily Dobby