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Duncan House, Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo BC

University residence

Situated atop the hill on the beautiful Vancouver Island University campus, the VIU residence buildings offer all your summer accomodation needs.  Whether you have family visiting the mid-island region or are organizing a conference from 10 to 200, there is a room for you. 

Private and single rooms in shared apartments or dormitories, with semi-private bathrooms are on offer. Common kitchens and lounges are available for guests to use.

Each room includes an extra long single bed, wardrobe and desk.

The Nanaimo Art Gallery is 5 minutes’ walk from these residences and the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre is 15 minutes’ walk away. The Departure Bay Ferry Terminal is 5 minutes’ drive away.

Group rates also available.

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Facilities & information


21st century buildings

Public parking nearby (free)

No smoking

Child friendly


Free broadband access (wired)

Shared gardens

24 hour security

Linen included

Towels included

Common room

Sitting room


Picnic area





Recommended walks

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (a short drive)

Arrival information and directions

Address: 4 University Crescent, BCNanaimo, Nanaimo BCV9R6C5, Canada

Check In: 15:00   Check Out: 11:00 

24hr reception is available.

You must show a valid photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all special requests cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability upon check-in. Additional charges may apply.

Public Transit: Bus Route 4 terminates at Vancouver Island University Residences

Nearest Airport: Naniamo Airport 23km

From airport proceed to Nanaimo Pkwy/BC-19 N (signs for BC-19 N/Parksville/Campbell River)

Drive 16km on Nanaimo parkway and take exit to 5th St

Turn left at first set of lights onto Wakesiah Ave

Turn left at the next set of lights onto 4th St

Turn right at the Western Student Housing Sign and proceed to the Cedar center to check in.

Nearest Ferry Terminal: Departure Bary 6.5km

Head south on Stewart Ave/BC-1

Turn left onto Island Hwy/Terminal Ave N/BC-1 S (signs for Trans Canada Highway/Nanaimo City Centre/British Columbia 1 S/Victoria)

Take the 1st right onto Comox Rd

Continue onto Bowen Rd

Turn left onto Wakesiah Ave

Turn right onto Fourth St

Turn right at the Western Student Housing Sign and proceed to the Cedar center to check in.

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