The Residence Houses

Choosing your house

No matter which type of residence house you live in, you will be part of a supportive environment that’s designed to help you adjust to university and enjoy your time as a student. Vancouver Island University Residence has nine buildings and three building styles on it's Nanaimo Campus.  Each building is named after a tree that is native to the Vancouver Island Area.  Each tree has a story and history as rich as the buildings themselves.

Residence Advisors, current VIU students who have experience in residences and lots to offer new students, live in each area and are ready to get you to the resources and support that are available at VIU when you need it! When you hit a bump in the road or need to vent, Residence Advisors can help. They organize events that will connect you with fellow residents and campus opportunities, and help ensure you live in an environment that supports your academic success. The main office of residence also operates a 24 hour a day front desk that is ready to help when the need arises.

Residence offers three styles of houses:

Dorms - Traditional Style

VIU Residence has two Traditional/Dorm style buildings. Each building is three stories tall and features beautiful ocean and mountain views. The Traditional Residences were the original buildingas at VIU Residences, and a cosmetic update was completed in 2003.

Townhouse Style

VIU Residence has five buildings or "houses" arranged in a village-like setting called the 20 Bed Townhouses.  Each building is three stories tall and features beautiful ocean and mountain views.  The 20 Bed Townhouses were part of a large expansion, and construction was completed in 2003.  These buildings were inspired by the Whistler Olympic Village and have a distinctive west coast feel.

Apartment Style

VIU Residence has two apartment buildings.  Each building is three stories tall and features beautiful ocean and mountain views.  The Apartments were part of a large expansion, and construction was completed in 2003.  These buildings were inspired by the Whistler Olympic Village, so they have a distinctive west coast feel.