Vancouver Island University

Vancouver Island University

Event Types Welcomed

  • Adult Social Events
  • Corporate Social Events
  • Family Reunions
  • Leisure Travel
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
  • Youth Retreat/Camps


Located on Canada’s magnificent West Coast, Vancouver Island University (VIU) is committed to providing you with a welcoming environment perfect for any event. Our beautiful setting, overlooking the Salish Sea combined with our unique blend of quality facilities, food services and technical support, VIU offers you a perfect gathering space for any event. Conference and Event Services is a one-stop shop coordinating all external events on campus. Our dedicated Event Coordinator will assist you in streamlining the coordination of all event logistics to make your event a memorable experience.

The University can accommodate more than 420 overnight guests. Below you can get the full details on what makes Vancouver Island University the perfect venue for your next event.

Our diverse facilities include meeting rooms, lecture theatres, dining space, classrooms and more. Many of our venues include state-of-the-art audio visual equipment, which is included in your rental. We are pleased to provide onsite catering to suit your needs, from morning coffee to a multi-course dining experience. Take advantage of our affordable onsite accommodations just steps from your event venue during the spring and summer.

Accommodations include studio suites, spacious apartments and dorm style lodgings. Our four-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments include a kitchen and living room and are great for groups and families. Our townhouses can host 20-30 guests and include kitchen and living space, which is perfect for teams and school groups. The VIU Residences are within easy walking distance of sports fields, Nanaimo Ice Centre and Nanaimo Aquatic Centre.

Let our dedicated Event Coordinator streamline the planning process for your next event. Contact us now!

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 290 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 100
  • Largest Theatre Style: 290
  • Largest Auditorium Seating: 290


  • Total Number of Overnight Guests: 420
Overnight Room Attributes
  • Linens Provided
  • Kitchen Available
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator


Featured Amenities

  • Bus - Shuttle, Public Bus Access Bus
  • Fitness Center Fitness Center
  • In-House Catering
  • Linens
  • Near Public Transit
  • Running Trails
  • Taxi
  • Theater Seating
  • WiFi

Venue Location + Transportation


900 Fifth Street,
Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5S5


  • BusBus
  • TaxiTaxi

Nearby Airport

  • Nanaimo Airport - 15 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Vancouver Airport

Nearby Cities

Parksville – 30 minutes
Victoria – 1.5 hours
Ladysmith – 15 minutes
Chemainus – 25 minutes
Tofino – 3 hours
Vancouver via ferry or plane

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: No
  • External Catering Allowed: Yes
  • Can Bring in Own Food: yes
  • Food and Beverage Onsite: Yes


LCD Projector, Screen, Wireless Internet, Conference Phone, Flip Charts, Wired and Wireless Microphone, Lapel Microphone, Audio System, Computer Labs

  • Guest Wi-Fi: Free
  • Equipment Available On-Site:
    • Projector Screen