The Boarding Services office is the first point of contact for current boarding parents and students. In addition to other functions, this office looks after many of the external needs of boarding students, including:
- Assistance with processing student visa renewals (Canadian Study Permits)
- Processing travel requests, leave forms, confirmation of long weekend leave and arranging the boarders bus
- Safely storing passports, visas, notarized letters and any other important documentation
Below you will find more information about services offered.
However, for more detailed information and contacts, students and parents are advised to read and download the Family Handbook
The school laundry facility is open Monday to Saturday and the hours are posted. Boarding fees cover the use of the school laundry facility.
Students will each have a laundry box where clean laundry will be placed. For a minimal charge, the school will order name tags to be sewn into the student’s clothing for each boarding student. Students will be given two mesh bags in which to put small items for washing.
For sustainability and environmental reasons, the bulk of the laundry should be given to the laundry staff. However, washing machines are also available for urgent use in each of the boarding houses and environmentally friendly soap is provided. Dry cleaning services are offered twice per week with regular charges applied. Any mending or hemming will be done by the laundry staff. Some charges may apply.
All incoming mail is directed to the houses through the Boarding Services office.
Friends and relatives should address all mail by stating the student’s name, house, room number and full school address. For example:
Ron Jones (Boarder)
c/o Boarding Services
Bolton House - Room #203
St. Michaels University School
3400 Richmond Road
Victoria, British Columbia, V8P 4P5
All packages or couriered document deliveries to boarders are held in the Campus Shop for pick-up. Deliveries are never brought directly to the houses. Boarders are notified of deliveries by looking for their name on the whiteboard outside of the Campus Shop. Please note that the school does not pay for custom charges; when an amount is owing, the Boarding Services Coordinator will let the student know to pick up a waybill slip, detailing the charges and who to contact with payment. The courier company will hold onto the package until all fees are paid.
St. Michaels University School promotes health and wellness through the on-campus Health Centre.
The facility houses six beds (plus overflow), provisions for overnight stays, a wheelchair-accessible shower and a comfortable, home-like setting. Students are also within walking distance to a lab and an X-ray facility, and there is a hospital located within a five-minute drive.
A doctor’s clinic is held in the Health Centre Monday to Friday from 7:45 to 10:30 am, with evening appointments Monday to Thursday from 7 to 9 pm.
Boarders’ appointments for doctors, dentists, optometrists, physiotherapists, etc., are made through the Health Centre.
Contacting the Health Centre
The Parents' Auxiliary provides two services for boarders.
- Boarders without borders. The opportunity for boarders to have a home-cooked meal with a local family in Victoria.
- Boarders birthday treats.
SMUS provides a boarders bus for students who are travelling to the ferry on most weekends and an additional bus to the airport prior to longer school breaks. Further information is available from the Boarding Services office.