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Crisis Resources

The following resources are to get you started. Email Housing@viu.ca or make an appointment for further support.

General: The Surviving In Nanaimo Guide has links for Emergency, Basic Needs (clothing, water, food, housing, hygeine), Health Services and other Community Services.

Here2Talk offer free, 24/7, confidential counselling and community referral services to domestic or international students. Support services in various languages are available on request and are subject to availability and/or a waiting time.

Tenancy issues: our Tenancy Issues and Support page has information about dealing with with landlord and rental housing problems.

Short-term or last-minute accommodation: visit out Temporary Accommodation page for ideas about where to stay.

Legal help: the BC Federation of Students (BCFS) Legal Assistance Plan is a free service for students. They can advise you on tenancy matters - and more. Ask an Advocate offer advice and support for tenancy and housing, income assistance and disability assistance.

FinancialVIU Financial Aid and Awards can help you manage your money while studying. They can also support you with finding financial assistance.

VIU Supports: Academic Advising, Accessibility Services, Counselling and Services for Aboriginal Students.