Explore Your Housing Options

Nanaimo is a diverse community with many different accommodation options to choose from.  It is important to find an option that works best for you, so that you can feel settled and comfortable before starting your studies.  The following are some of the local housing options for you to consider when making your decision about where to live while you study at Vancouver Island University (VIU).

Note that some of these options may have application deadlines that are several months in advance of your arrival.

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VIU residence price


VIU Residences are located on the VIU Nanaimo campus, close to classes, cafeterias and recreational facilities. Living in VIU Student Residences is about more than the convenient location, it is about building lasting relationships with other students from around the world. The residences offer a mix of accommodation choices from single private rooms with semi-private bathroom to shared double rooms. Kitchen facilities are available in the Student Residences; meals can also be purchased in two campus cafeterias, open weekdays during school hours.

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VIU homestay program monthly price


VIU Homestay is an opportunity to live with and be part of a Canadian family. The host family will provide food for three meals a day and offer a supportive environment to learn and practice your English language skills and transition into the local culture. A homestay student is treated like a member of the family and expected to help around the home as other family members do. Homestay is an invaluable experience where one can learn about Canadian customs and culture, and make life-long friends.

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VIU off-campus housing price

Off-Campus Housing

The housing market in Nanaimo can be a bit of a challenge to navigate. It may take some time searching for the perfect new home. There are many different types of apartments, room and board options, and shared housing opportunities in Nanaimo. It is possible to rent an apartment before arrival by searching and communicating online, through sites like Craigslist, Used Nanaimo and Kijiji. However, we encourage you to use caution before entering into agreements or making deposits.

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