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What Will a Residence Return to Campus Look Like?

We are excited about the return to in person classes for our students next year! How does this impact the Residence experience and what will that look like this upcoming year? Right now, this Summer, we are still operating with Single Room occupancy only.

We are looking forward to having more students join us this year. There has been a higher then normal level of interest in rooms at Residence, we are grateful that so many students want to spend this academic year with us.  With the decreased occupancy to ensure the safest living environment for our Residence Community, all rooms have currently been offered out and most have been confirmed with students for this upcoming year. We are now offering rooms as they become available to those on the rolling waitlist. To safely accommodate more people in Residence, we will continue to work with public health officials on a safety plan that includes occupancy levels, quarantine arrangements for international students, isolation requirements and options for on-site programming. Applications will remain open for those who would like to still be added to the waitlist. We will be communicating with all applicants if double occupancy and/or more rooms become available

Our current occupancy plan for the Fall Semester is to:

Provide single occupancy rooms in Traditional Dorms & Townhouse Style Buildings

  • Students will have their own single room
  • Students will share a bathroom with one other student (bathroommate)
  • Students will share a common room/ kitchen with about (30-40 other students)

Provide a mix of single room and double rooms in our apartments

  • Students will have their own single room or double shared room
  • Students will share a bathroom with up to two other student(s) (bathroommates)
  • Students will share an apartment pod/common room/ kitchen with up to 6 other students

We will be communicating with all those who applied if double occupancy or more rooms become available.

We have now passed the May 1st application deadline for our first year guarantee. Though we do our best to honour our first year guarantee, due to the limited availability of rooms because of the ongoing pandemic we recommend getting your applications in as soon as possible for the upcoming application term.

COVID-19: How We Are Adapting to Be Safe  

We are still have rooms and are accepting applications for Spring 2021. 
Learn how VIU and VIU Residences is combating COVID-19

Who Lives on Residences?

Our facilities house over 500 students on VIU’s Nanaimo campus each year. Residents come to our community from across Canada and the world, each bringing different life experiences and perspectives to VIU. This is what makes living in a residence community so interesting and dynamic. Residences abide by the guidelines of our Community Standards Handbook, so we can create a respectful, enjoyable, and safe experience for every student and staff member. 


Where We Live & Work

There are 10 Residence buildings located in the western area of the Nanaimo campus at 4 University Crescent, Nanaimo, BC offering a variety of accommodation. There are an array of different building styles that include : Traditional/Dorm, Townhouse, and Apartment. 

The Cedar Centre building is the administration hub of the residence buildings where you will find a 24-hour front desk, the Residence Life office, mailboxes, and laundry facilities.

Also, find out how to get to Vancouver Island University via your preferred transportation option

The Staff & Community  

The VIU Residence Life Program is supported by a 24 hour front desk staff, two professional staff members and fifteen Community Leaders. Your Community Leader will probably be the first person you meet on campus. These dedicated upper year student leaders plan programming and build community in every area of the residence. These programs are in support of "ResLife" and creating a positive community space on residence. There are many staff members that contribute to the quality of life on residence you can learn more about their roles at our "Meet the Staff" page.

Please Note: To fill out your application for Residence we recommend using these web browsers : Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge

A Rainy Day Residence Tour

Want to know what buildings and rooms look like? Check out this quick rainy day tour of our VIU Residence site!