Food Services

Due to the current health emergency, both of our Nanaimo campus cafeterias are closed until further notice. Our Cowichan campus cafeteria remains open, operating on a grab-and-go model.

In order to continue supporting the students and staff that remain on campus, there has been a temporary convenience store set up in our Nanaimo Upper Cafeteria building (Building 300). The hours of operation of this service are Monday to Friday, 11 am to 1 pm, with social distancing measures put in place.

Who We Are and What We Do

VIU Food Services proudly serves the campus community by operating the multiple cafeterias across our different VIU locations. Student or staff, you can come to us whether you are in a pinch or taking your time. We strive to cater to your needs by providing different options for service, such as hot-serve, grab-and-go and self-serve. Get yourself a full meal or a small snack, hot coffee or a cold lemonade, a slice of pepperoni pizza or a vegetarian samosa—we have something for everyone.

Meal Plans

Do you come to us for most of your meals? Save time and money by getting a Student Value Meal Plan! Purchase a Student Value Meal Plan and get credit for GST-exempt meals for 15 or 30 weeks (depending on your plan). Visit our Meal Plans page to learn more.

Campus Catering

If you are planning an event on campus, then you can get Campus Catering to handle the food for you! We serve breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks and dinner—whatever your event calls for—to gatherings of up to 300 people. It’s quick, easy and we’re on campus. Visit our Campus Catering website to learn more.

Fantastic Prizes Throughout the Year!

Did you know that we regularly hold prize draws and contests throughout the year? For updates and details about contests, draws and prizes, email us at with a request to be added to our mailing list.

Supporting Canadian Businesses

VIU Food Services serves delicious hot drinks made by amazing Canadian companies. From high-quality Salt Spring Coffee™ to environmentally-friendly Camino™ Hot Chocolate, you can enjoy your drink while proudly supporting organic and fairtrade certified businesses.

Hours & Locations

Upper Cafeteria, Building 300

  • Closed  

Lower Cafeteria & Bakery, Building 185

  • Closed
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