Getting to Campus

If you are living off-campus there are many different ways to travel. You can ride your bike, take transit, drive—and of course, walk!

Bike Parking

Bike Parking

There are several places to park and lock your bike on the Nanaimo campus. Look for the bicycle icons on the Nanaimo campus map or check out this map that shows the location of all bike stands and lockers.

Make sure to bring your own bike locks and lock your bike securely! Some tips on locking your bike.

You can also purchase a spot in a bike locker on a first-come, first-serve basis by contacting Facilities Services in Building 120, Room 200 or by phone at 250.740.6500.

Bus Service

You can purchase semester or monthly passes at a discounted rate from your Students’ Union. They also sell tickets in books of 10.

You can also access more information about specific transit information for your area here:


Who Has to Pay for Parking?

If you are driving to the Nanaimo campus you must pay for parking. There are ticket dispensers in all parking lots or use the Indigo Neo app. If you are driving to Cowichan, Parksville/Qualicum or the tiwšɛmawtxʷ (Powell River) campuses parking is free.

Persons with a documented disability can get a special permit from Nanaimo Disability Resource Centre which allows you to park in any designated parking stall. This includes those in Employees-Only lots as long as the particular parking stall does not require a secondary pass or is designated for a service vehicle. Persons with a disability pay for parking on a voluntary basis.

Parking Permits

You can request a parking permit online through the Indigo Neo Site.

You can also request your permit in person at the VIU Parking/Security Office in Building 315, Room 110. VIU Parking/Security Office hours of operation.

Cowichan Campus

Bike racks and free parking are available at Cowichan campus.