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Find Rental Properties & Roommates

Places4Students.com

Places4Students is a dedicated site for VIU Nanaimo student listings. It is our trusted partner in providing rental solutions for students. Useful features include distance to VIU campus mapping and amenity details. We always direct landlord inquiries here first as a reputable online student rental service.

Places4Students Listings

Other places to search listings include: 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 Search4StudentHousing Apartment Love RentFaster Rent Seeker RentBoard Kijiji Craigslist.

You can also try Sun Porch Student HousingCold Moon Student House and local property management companies. The World Tree Community Services also offer rooms.

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.ca. Many house-hunters join Nanaimo Facebook groups and post roommate or rental property requests. Have a look at some ideas for your post. Before you move in together, talk about your expectations of sharing a home. The VIU Residence Roommate Agreement and the Rent Smart Roommate Guide and Questions have ideas for discussion topics.

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 $CAD

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


Happipad

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!


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.

Contact Us

Please email housing@viu.ca or make an appointment.