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. he Government of BC has a fact sheet that outlines your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.

Renting it Right: If you are interested in learning more about finding the right place for you, and your rights and responsibilities as a tenant, Renting it Right is a free online  course that can help guide you throughout the process of finding off-campus accommodation.

Finding a Place to Live: This FREE  workshop is facilitated by staff in the Faculty of International Education.  You will learn the do’s and don’ts of apartment hunting, how to find what you are looking for… what the adverts mean, how to inspect a potential accommodation choice, the general rules of tenancy and when they apply/when they do not, where to get assistance, etc. We will also make suggestions on how to live with roommates more effectively and deal with problems should they arise. Sign up online  for a session date and time that works for you. Email ie.housing@viu.ca for questions.

Alternate short term and long term options for student housing off campus are:

·         Greatwest Student Residences
·         Painted Turtle Guesthouse
·         Waterfront Suites & Marina
·         Travelodge

Please be aware that VIU takes no responsibility for the quality or accuracy of any off-campus accommodation. Be sure to fully understand any contract before you sign it and ensure each person has copies of all written documents.

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