Bus PassesStudent Christine

In the Student Union Building 193, you can purchase daily or monthly Bus passes or even books of tickets to ride the Nanaimo Regional District Bus system. If you are a person with a disability, you can purchase a yearly BC Bus Pass by calling 1-866-866-0800.


active person in wheelchair

If you require accessible parking, a S.P.A.R.K. parking permit must be purchased from Nanaimo Disability Resource Center, #2 - 4166 Departure Bay Road, Nanaimo. You may purchase a permit for  about $25. There is a form that must be completed by your doctor: nrdrc.org/parking-permits. On campus, this permit must be displayed on the windshield rear-view mirror. You should park in designated accessible parking spots. However, if one is not available, you can park FREE in general, staff, or metered lots (provided your permit is displayed on your mirror).

Direct your parking concerns to the Traffic Office, Building 315, Room 110, and is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Fridays. Phone 250-740-6512 or Email parking@viu.ca

Campus Maps

Campus Maps detailing buildings, ramp routes, accessible parking, and emergency phones are available to download here or pick one up at the Disability Access Services Office, Building 200, 2nd Floor.

Contact Disability Access Services at 250-740-6446 to report concerns regarding campus or classroom access.

Student ID

The new Student / Library Cards are issued at the Library, Building 305, 3rd floor. Cards are only issued to currently enrolled VIU students.

Student Health Plan

The Vancouver Island University Student Union now offers a comprehensive extended health and dental plan to students. This service is mandatory for all full-time students except those with existing health and dental coverage. Those who are already covered can opt out through the VIU Students' Union website or in person at the Student Union Office in Building 193.


Students with a disability that experience problems carrying textbooks and other education related items might want to consider the use of a locker.

Lockers are located in Building 180, 190, 255, 345, and 355

Rental = $10 per semester plus $10 deposit (includes a key for the locker or combination lock). Coin lockers are also available in the upper Cafeteria. Apply for your locker rental at the Bookstore in Building 305 - Lower floor.

Emergency Procedures

As another semester gets under way, please take a moment to think about emergency preparedness as it applies to your time on campus. Begin by familiarizing yourself with the information found on the Health and Safety web page.  Consider downloading the Safety@viu app to receive notifications.

In the event of an emergency that requires evacuation from a building, evacuation plans are posted on each floor of every building. Be sure to read the plan and if you have questions, feel free to contact our office or Health and Safety at safety@viu.ca .

BC Ferry Pass

Discounted fares are available for residents of British Columbia who have a permanent disability. To receive the discounted fare you must apply for a BC Ferries’ Disabled Status Identification Card and present your card to the Ticket Agent when you arrive at the terminal. 1-800-BC-FERRY

Tax Aid DABC

Tax Aid DABC provides FREE and CONFIDENTIAL information and assistance for individuals receiving Persons with Disabilities (PWD) or Persons with Persistent and Multiple Barriers to Employment (PPMB) benefits.


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