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Housing Education and Resources

You may be new to renting in Nanaimo, having issues with your rental or planning to end your tenancy. Below are short videos and links to useful resources. We strongly recommend taking the VIU Rent Wise or TRAC's Renting It Right course. These can be useful if you don't have references from past landlords, for example. They can also get you a Co-Curricular Record credit - great to show future employers, for example.

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VIU Rent Wise

Free to VIU students! In this 2.5 hour session, you'll learn about renting locally, budgeting, searching listings, preparing rental applications, basic rental law, protecting yourself from accidental damage costs, linked VIU supports ... and more. Knowing your rights and responsibilities tells landlords you'll be an educated tenant and a good neighbour. Gain a certificate of completion and choose to let landlords verify participation. Zoom and in-person sessions available. Contact Off-Campus Housing for more details.

Upcoming VIU Rent Wise courses

We have completed the Spring 2024 semester sessions and are proud to support more educated student renters and community leaders.  

The next courses will be scheduled for Summer 2024. If you are interested in future courses, please contact Off-Campus Housing. We will get back to you with more information.

Explore these videos and resources to learn about renting in B.C.

Before you start looking for private rental housing, you’ll need to know some basics. How much does it cost? Where can I find listings? Should I find a roommate? This session will answer these questions and more. You will also learn about ‘VIU Rent Wise’, a free course that will really boost your knowledge and help you to stand out in a busy rental market.

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Are you starting to look for somewhere to rent? This session focuses on searching for accommodation. We’ll look at maximizing your options and boosting your profile in a challenging market. You'll learn about some practical aspects of starting a tenancy in BC, such as viewings, contracts and costs.

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Have you found somewhere to live but are having problems? Common issues with private rentals include deposits, security and privacy from a landlord. You may also be thinking about moving out before your contract ends. Your landlord might even be asking you to leave.

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Is your tenancy agreement finishing at the end of the semester? In this final session, we will look at giving notice and preparing to vacate your rental, getting your deposit returned and what to do if things go wrong.

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