Contact Us


Educational Advisors can help you to discover, plan and work toward your educational goals. They  available to answer your questions or steer you in the right direction when questions arise. For more information, please visit the Advising Centre.

To schedule an appointment: Call 250-740.6410; toll free at 1-888-920-2221 or email

Assessments and Exam Invigilation Services

Athletics and Recreation


Counselling Services offers free confidential and professional support to enrolled VIU students. Counsellors collaborate with students in a compassionate setting to clarify concerns, establish goals and explore resources for well-being.

For more information on Counselling Services. 

Distance counselling for VIU students is available through VIU Counselling Services from Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4 pm. To book an appointment:

  • For Domestic Students
    • Call 250.740.6416;
    • Leave a voice message with your name, student number, and email.
    • Please ensure your phone number and email match your student record. If this information does not match your student record, please update your student record.
    • You will be contacted by Counselling Services to set up an appointment. 
  • For International Students
    • Email (this email is only monitored Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm).
    • Indicate your name and student number only (the auto-reply from the email will indicate next steps).
    • Please ensure your phone number and email match your student record. If this information does not match your student record, please update your student record.
    • You will be contacted by International Counselling Services to set up an appointment. 
  • If you are experiencing a crisis, you can reach out to the Vancouver Island Crisis Line via phone at 1‑888-494-3888 (24/7), text or chat at 250-800-3806 (6-10 pm); Kuu-us Crisis Line (24/7); and YouthInBC online chat (noon to 1 am)

  • Additional suggestions for supporting yourself through this time can be found here - VIU Supports for Student and Employees.

  • The Government of British Columbia has launched Here2Talk, a new mental-health counselling and referral service for post-secondary students. The service offers confidential, free single-session services by app, phone or online chat, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please see: Here2Talk

Counselling services are also available at:

Centre for Experiential Learning

Accessibility Services

The Accessibility Services Office provides information, support services and reasonable accommodation in all programs to students with documented permanent and temporary disabilities ranging from mental health, ADHD, learning disabilities, chronic health issues, hearing and visual impairments, physical disabilities and temporary impairments due to accident, illness or injury.

All students with disabilities are encouraged to register with the office. Access to most services and programs provided by Accessibility Services is restricted to students who have registered with Accessibility Services.

Financial Aid & Awards

The Financial Aid & Award Office is committed to supporting students in their search for financial assistance, both in the form of loans and awards, and in helping students to make the best use of these resources.

Services for Aboriginal Students

Provides culturally appropriate services to a specific body of students with one-on-one student appointments, phone calls and emails for:  advising, first level counselling, financial aid, scholarships, funding options, career counselling, daycare, and housing.

Nanaimo Campus

Bldg. 170 - Shq'apthut
Tel: 250-740-6510
Fax: 250-740-6385
Toll-Free: 1-888-920-2221 Ext. 6510

Cowichan Student Affairs

Building 700, 2011 University Way
Mondays to Fridays, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Phone: 250-746-3509
Website: Cowichan Campus Student Affairs

Powell River Student Affairs

Building 610, Room 118, 100-7085 Nootka Street
Mondays to Thursdays, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm; hours may vary - contact the campus for an up-to-date schedule
Phone: 604-485-2878
Website: Powell River Campus Student Affairs