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 two places to park and lock your bike on Nanaimo campus. You can park your bike by the gym (Building 190) or by Building 370. Both of these locations are covered and have a bike repair stand and tire pump available. Make sure to bring your own bike locks and lock your bike securely! For some tips on locking your bike, check out this website.

There are also bike racks in various locations around campus. Check out this campus map and look for the bicycle icons.

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.

Click here for additional information about bike lockers and racks!
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Bus Service

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

For more information about bus passes and other VIU Student Union services, click here!
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You can also access more information about specific transit information for your area here:



If you are driving to Nanaimo campus you have to pay for parking. There are ticket dispensers in all parking lots. If you are driving to Cowichan, Parksville/Qualicum or 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.


You can request a parking permit online through your Student Record. Once you log into your student record, click on “Request Parking Permit” about halfway down the page.

Parking Request        Form

You can only request a 4 month or annual permit through your student record, and your parking permit will be part of the fees in your “My Fees” area. Make sure to read all the directions before submitting your application for a parking permit.

If you want to request a 1 month permit, or you don’t want to pay for your permit through your student record, you have to request your permit in person. To request your permit in person, go to VIU Parking/Security Office in Building 315, Room 110. Click here to check out their hours of operation.

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