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Find Rental Properties and Roommates

Places4Students.com

Places4Students is a dedicated site for VIU student rentals. Listings include distance to VIU, what's included in your rent and more. As our trusted partner, we direct landlord inquiries here first.

Places4Students Listings
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Student Housing by Sun Porch Homes

Sun Porch build high-quality, all-inclusive student housing. Accommodation is around the university neighbourhood and in the downtown area.

Find out more about Sun Porch Homes

Other places to search listings include: Facebook Marketplace, International Students at VIU Facebook Nanaimo Rent House/Apartment/Basement/Room Facebook Nanaimo Rentals Facebook Nanaimo rentals Facebook Nanaimo Housing Rentals Facebook Nanaimo BC Rental Properties Facebook Nanaimo 4 Rent Facebook Nanaimo BC Rental Properties Facebook Nanaimo Real Estate For Sale or Rent Facebook Nanaimo Pet Friendly Only rentals! Facebook Student Accommodation One Off-Campus Housing Qdb Used Nanaimo Rentals RentFaster Rent Seeker Zumper Rentals RentBoard Padmapper Roomster Kijiji Craigslist Rentola.

You can also try DLX on 3rd and local property management companies. The World Tree Community Services also offer rooms.

Sharing a kitchen or bathroom with your landlord? Renting a room from a head-tenant? You may not be covered by tenancy law and get a standard rental contract. The VIU Rental Guide and Agreement (non-RTA) can help everyone set up clear expectations about rent and bills, good housekeeping and living together happily. Go to Housing Education and Resources for more on your rights and responsibilities.

Off-campus accommodation is not checked by VIU for quality or legitimacy. VIU is not a part of any off-campus housing agreement. Any private contracts are the renter’s responsibility. Read your agreement in full and understand the terms before you sign.


Roommates

Good places to find roommates are: VIU Student Union (VIUSU) appPlaces4Students Roommate FinderVIU Co-Curricular AppRoomies, Roomster. Many house-hunters join Nanaimo Facebook groups and post roommate or rental property requests. Have a look at some ideas for your post.

Roommate Agreement: Before you move in together, talk about your expectations of sharing a home. Download and complete the VIU OCH Roommate Guide and Agreement to help avoid common issues.

Roommate Disputes can be very stressful and really undermine your studies. The VIU Blog on has ideas for constructive discussions.


Beware of Scams

Private landlords may offer to sign a contract and ask for a security (damage) deposit before you see the property. Although this is not illegal, the risk of a scam is far greater. It's usually best to view in person. Consider booking local temporary accommodation while you search. We appreciate the need to secure housing. If you are signing and sending money in advance, you can:

  • check the overall listing quality and language
  • avoid listings that are noticeably cheaper than the local average
  • check the postal address and postcode
  • Google the property and the landlord
  • ask for the landlord's ID and a recent utility bill from the address
  • get a contract (where applicable)
  • do not advance more than is reasonable
  • get a video viewing or a friend in town to visit
  • only pay in Canadian dollars $CAD

The Government Anti-Fraud Centre has more information about protecting yourself and reporting scams.


Happipad

Happipad are a non-profit host/guest matching service expanding into Nanaimo. Grown out of a UBC tutor/student project, they are a home-sharing option for more senior homeowners and students.


Sometimes, connecting with a local organization can lead to the right accommodation. If you belong to any community organizations at home, we can try to help put you in touch with similar groups in Nanaimo.