VIU Student Residences Orientation


Note: Storm the Shore Orientation is a charge of $250 plus applicable tax.  This includes some meals over the 5 days as well as all of the awesome activities!  Orientation is an optional activity and not mandatory for those arriving early.  Early move in prior to September 4th is an extra charge of $30 per day.

Storm The Shore: Residence Orientation

Storm The Shore is an opportunity for new students to explore the campus, meet the Residence Life Staff, and make new connections with their peers. Again this year in partnership with RockVIU, VIU is providing a mix of virtual, but mostly face-to-face orientation programed events. This five day orientation is full of face-to-face events aimed to explore the theme of Connect, Engage, and Discover. 

This year’s event will continue to be jam packed with exciting activities designed to orient students with the VIU Residence and its community, VIU campus, resources, the City of Nanaimo, Residence and VIU services, while also connecting students with their Faculty, Residence Staff and peers. RockVIU and Storm the Shore activities will promote a sense of belonging, self-efficacy and provide a strong welcoming experience for students at VIU.

Storm the Shore events will now be back to a face to face format. More details to follow in July on VIU’s new Co-Curricular app hosted by the Office of Co-Curricular Engagement & Learning.

We are in the process of developing and planning our Storm the Shore Orientation, please take a look at our tentative Residence Storm the Shore Orientation for Fall 2022 below.

residence tentative orientation schedule 2022

Why sign up for VIU Residences Student Orientation?

  • You are able to unpack and move in without the added stress of school starting right away!
  • Gives you time to explore VIU campus and surrounding areas. You can find where your classrooms are located as well as shopping areas near by.
  • Meet all your fellow student residents and community leaders! Plus, you have a chance to bond with others during orientation activities instead of diving into individual academics right away. 
  • You're able to get your textbooks ahead of time if you wish, get your Student ID at the library, and any other school items required!
  • Plus, you can gain interpersonal skills during our educational interest sessions, have fun at residence events/socials, and VIU Resident merch!

student residents meeting during orientation

After moving into your new home, you will be treated to events that include an opening keynote address, interest sessions, how to adult sessions, and much more. At the conclusion of the RockVIU and Storm the Shore program we hope you will feel connected to your new community and will have made many friends along the way! The Residence Orientation program is an alcohol & cannabis free program.

The cost for the Residence Storm the Shore Orientation Program is $250 +tax and includes swag, meals, and entrance into all activities.

Get information on how to get to Vancouver Island University.

Looking forward to welcoming you to the Residence Life Community!