Nanaimo Campus Commuting

Commuting to the Nanaimo Campus?

Here are some tips to help make your travel easier.

So you’re commuting to Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo Campus? We’ve got some tips to help you get here whether you’re taking transit, biking, walking, or driving.

Coming by Bus

Most places within the City of Nanaimo are linked to VIU campus by transit, making it a great option to get to and from campus. The Regional District of Nanaimo has five routes that stop at the VIU Exchange. In January 2019, a 5,000-hour transit service expansion for Route 40 (VIU Express) took effect. Check out the RDN Transit Riders Guide for route details. The VIU Students’ Union sells discounted bus passes to students, and employees can access discounted bus passes through the PROPASS Program.

  • Bonus tips: Check out the RDN’s Twitter handle and Facebook page for service updates, and download the NextRide app to see the location of your bus along its route.

Coming by Bike

Another healthy and economical option is cycling. Check out these resources:

  • There are bike racks installed throughout the campus, as well as covered bike parking outside the gym (Building 190) and near Building 370 at the top of campus. The covered bike parking areas both include bike repair stations. Check out the Nanaimo Campus map to pick the most convenient spot.
  • Bike lockers are available for rent through the Campus Store.
  • Showers and change rooms are available in the gym, Building 108 (new Trades Discovery Centre), Building 210 (new Health and Science Centre), and Buildings 250, 356 and 360.
  • Check out the City of Nanaimo’s Cycling Map to help you plan your route to campus.
  • Hub City Cycle has an affordable options for buying a bike second-hand.
  • Security tip: The VIU Students’ Union offers free bike registration for students and employees with 529 Garage, the largest community-powered bike recovery service. Register via the VIUSU mobile phone app, or at project529.com/viusu. Students and employees can also purchase a 529 Garage theft-deterrent shield sticker for their bikes from the union. Bring your sticker into the Campus Store to get a 10% discount on a bike lock.

Coming on Foot

If you live nearby, walking to campus is another option. A multi-use pathway that connects south Nanaimo with north Nanaimo goes right by VIU. Check out the City of Nanaimo’s map for more details.

Coming by Car

Arrive early if you're driving

During the school year, Vancouver Island University’s Nanaimo Campus is a busy place with high demand for parking spots. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, the most desirable spots fill up quickly. Arrive early to reduce time spent hunting for a spot.

Try carpooling/sharing a pass

Want to save money? Lower your carbon footprint? It’s easy to share a long-term parking permit, or carpool.

VIU uses vehicle licence plates for parking management rather than displayed parking passes, making it easier to share a long-term parking permit. Simply register up to 10 licence plates on the same pass. Just remember, only one car registered on the permit can park on campus at a time.

For those looking to carpool, there are a number of designated carpool spaces in high-demand locations around campus that are available before 10:30 am to vehicles arriving with two or more people in them. Previously, people had to apply for a special carpool permit – now the spots will be available for vehicles with two or more people in them at the time they park.

Check out some carpooling tips here

Save time by parking farther away

If you can’t find a spot close to your building, there are usually spots farther away. Lot A and Lot L – the economy lots – fill up more slowly than the other lots. Bonus: you log a few extra steps on your way to class/work!

Head to the overflow lot

Starting in September 2018, overflow parking will be available to VIU long-term parking permit holders in the gravel lot off Third Street next to Serauxmen Stadium, and at designated spots in the Nanaimo Ice Centre parking lot.

Do you have questions this page didn’t answer? Email facility@viu.ca.

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