Two Students walk by the VIU Residence

Renting to Students

Thank you for considering letting to VIU students. Students frequently look for accommodation throughout the semester and even during summer vacation. More options are very welcome - please feel free to tell your friends!

Our first recommendation is Places4Students. This reputable service specializes in rental listings for students. Since 2003, it has effectively helped satisfied landlords advertise over 79,000 properties. Benefits include:

  • We promote and refer students directly to the service
  • Excellent, live, toll-free customer support
  • Tracking feature to check how many students view your listing
  • Your rental is stored for future renewals
  • Descriptive listings include photos, amenity icons and floor plans
  • Automated mapping shows the distance to campus
  • Comprehensive landlord education guide

Special May Promotion!

In order to help landlords during these difficult economic times and generate more rental options for students living in Nanaimo, Places4Students rental property listing prices have been reduced with VIU – up to 25% discounted!

Also, when you post a rental property listing online, you receive 2 additional weeks for free!

There is currently an urgent need for accommodations to be available for students attending courses next semester. Many students are searching for rentals now, so more off-campus housing listings are needed immediately.

Can you help? Do you have rental vacancies or a room for rent? Don’t wait – this offer will expire on June 3, 2022!

Places4Students is a dedicated site for VIU Nanaimo student listings. It is our trusted partner in providing rental solutions for students. We always direct landlord inquiries here first as a reputable online student rental service.

Places4Students Landlord Registration


Happipad are a host/guest matching service expanding into Nanaimo. Grown out of a UBC tutor/student project, they are very professional and offer a wonderful solution to finding accommodation. Let them know we sent you along!

BC Residential Tenancy Branch

The British Columbia Residential Tenancy Branch is an excellent resource. Tenancy forms include standard tenancy agreements and forms to assist with disputes or end a tenancy.

Landlord BC

Landlord BC offer news, education, resources and advocacy services to their membership. Take their 'I Rent it Right' course and improve your knowledge of your rights and responsibilities as a professional landlord.

Contact Us

Please email or come to the Off-Campus Housing Drop-In for advice and more information.