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Looking for Off-Campus Housing

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 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 FinderRoomies.ca

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 ... Some 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, we advise against this. The risk of a scam is far greater. Students entering into agreements before viewing their accommodation often report disappointment on arrival. We appreciate the need to secure housing. We advise that the risks of signing and sending money before you arrive outweigh the benefits, however. It's usually best to view long-term places to live once you are already in Nanaimo. We recommend booking temporary accommodation while you search.


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