Vancouver Island University has four campuses which includes the main campus, Nanaimo. Nanaimo is near the major metropolitan areas of Vancouver, and students find that the campus offers low cost living, beautiful natural environment, mild climates, and a comfortable community. The University also has regional campuses in Qualicum, Duncan, and Powell River. It is the owner of Woodlands and Milner Gardens in Qualicum Beach. Recently, Qualicum Beach was named one of the top ten public gardens in Canada. Other facilities include the Quad, which is the centre of the Nanaimo campus. The Quad is a favorite hangout for students, and the buildings surrounding it are the Library, Theatre, Cafeteria, Math, and Jumping Java coffee hut. In addition, there is the ASTEC Building, Tamagawa Garden, The Royal Bank Plaza, VIU Stuents’ Union, Hairdressing and Barbering, Centre for International Education, and Student Residences. The building has 386 rooms in four types of residences. They include: traditional residences: 186 single rooms with semi-private bathrooms; studio suites: four studio suites; residence houses: five 20-bed houses containing single rooms with semi-private bathrooms; and apartment-style: four-bedroom and two bathroom apartments.
The College offers the following student services: Advising Centre, Campus Career Centre, Campus Rec, Connect for Success, Co-operative Education, Counselling Services, Disability Services, Educational Counselling, Financial Aid & Awards, First Nations Student Services, Health & Wellness Information Centre, PDF Document Student Self Advocacy, and Students Assisting Students.
Vancouver Island University Students’ Union is Vancouver Island University students’ organization. It gives the students activities and events that make their experience more fun and memorable. In addition, it also serves as a democratic voice for all student issues on the campus. The Union also gives students opportunities to meet people and pursue their interests through clubs and associations. There are Activist Clubs, General Interest Clubs, Religious and Partisan Clubs and Service Clubs.
Students who want to live outside the University’s premises can go to the community housing service that is offered to students who are seeking accommodation. They can also inquire at the Off Campus Housing Office located at the Gymnasium building, or the Vancouver Island University Housing services. This housing service operates like a classified ad section in a newspaper.