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Looking for Off-Campus Housing

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 Cold Moon Student House and local property management companies.


Many house-hunters join Nanaimo Facebook groups and post roommate or rental property requests. Have a look at some ideas for your post. Other places to find roommates are: VIU Student Union (VIUSU) appVIU Co-Curricular AppPlaces4Students Roommate Before you move in together, talk about your expectations of sharing a home together. The Rent Smart Roommate Guide and Questions has ideas for discussion topics.

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.

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

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 or make an appointment for advice and more information.