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Visit Options


Below you will find a number of options for your campus visit depending on your needs and interests. Most of our tours are led by a student ambassador who is always happy to share his or her experience at VIU. Or feel free to go it alone with our self-guided tour option.

Don't see what you're looking for? Let us know and we will do our best to work out an option that suits you.

Please note that as our student ambassadors lead our campus tours there may be limited availability for tours from April 3-28, as students will be attending their last classes of the semester and will then be writing their final exams. Thank you.

1.Individual Visit Options (includes small groups of less than 10)

The Big Six Visit

  • Just passing through and only have a short time to see campus? We would still love to have you visit! One of our Student Ambassadors will lead you through the heart of campus to catch the highlights. Visit the top six areas that most students encounter at some point in their time with us. By the end of your tour you will have had the opportunity to have your questions answered and get a good sense of what life as a VIU student would be like. (Approximate duration: 45mins)

Residence Visit

  • Already been to campus but want to learn more about residence? Come visit our apartment, townhouse or traditional style residence buildings to see if this is the place for you. VIU Residences offer a first-year residence guarantee for students entering from high school and provide exceptional academic and social supports, the keys to student success. (Approximate duration: 45mins)

The Standard Campus Visit

  • Discover the beauty of Vancouver Island University's Nanaimo campus located at the base of Mt. Benson.  Walking tours are held four times weekly: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 am and Wednesdays and Fridays at 1pm. The tour itself is approximately one hour, led by one of our fantastic Student Ambassadors who will showcase the highlights of our amazing campus. The time allows for a brief introduction and to get your questions answered. Be sure to dress for the weather and don’t forget some comfortable walking shoes! (Approximate duration: 1.5hrs)

Accessibility Visit

  • Vancouver Island University has the ability to offer tours to students with accessibility and/or mobility challenges. Have one of our Student Ambassadors tour you around campus all the while considering your mobility and/or accessibility needs. (Approximate duration: 2hrs)

VIU 4 U!

  • Want to know what it’s like to be a VIU student? What better way to find out than being one for a day! Along with a tour of campus and the student residences, you will attend a class in a program area of interest (if available) with one of our Student Ambassadors. You will have an opportunity to sit down with a faculty member or the program chair and get your specific program questions answered. (Approximate duration: 3hrs depending on length and scheduling of class session).
  • NOTE: VIU 4 U tours are not available in August.

Are you an international student? Email to request your visit.


2. Group Visit Options (groups of ten or more)

General Group Visit

  • Are you interested in bringing a group of high school students, elementary students or others to visit campus? These visits are planned based on the needs and time requirements of the group. In order to provide the best possible visit experience, large groups are normally split into smaller groups all led by a Student Ambassador.  (Approximate duration: varied)

Aboriginal Group Visit

  • Vancouver Island University's Nanaimo Campus is located on the traditional lands of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. VIU supports the active participation of Aboriginal people and is committed to working with and learning from the Aboriginal communities of this region and beyond to improve educational opportunities for Aboriginal learners. This tour will take students on a visit of the Shq’apthut – a Gathering Place and Services for Aboriginal Students with options to visit with the Aboriginal Student Transition Advisor, and include other points of interest including program specific areas. (Approximate duration: varied)


3. Self-Guided Visit

4. Virtual Tour

  • Can't make it to campus? Get started with our virtual tour and feel free to connect with us to get your questions answered! Email

Click on the image to begin your tourgirl walking on campus

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