University District

University District

Real Estate

As the name the states, the University District boarders Vancouver Island University. The area has attracted students, young families, professionals, and investors due to the increase in housing developments and VIU’s student population. Originally the heart of Nanaimo’s coal mining heritage, the University District’s real estate is eclectic, with newer homes, duplexes, condos, and older homes all found in the area. There are also many opportunities for investors or families to rent out suites or entire homes to students. The University District offers affordable living to buyers, and with new developments in the last 20 years the area has all the amenities you need!


The University District is full of parks and green space, so if you have a dog or just love the outdoors this will be a major bonus! University Heights Mall is a conveniently located in the center of the area, which houses Quality Foods, Shopper’s Drug Mart, and several restaurants. For families, the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre and Nanaimo Ice Centre are well used facilities that provide hours of fun for the kids! The Downtown area is just minutes away so residents can enjoy some of Nanaimo’s best local dining, retail shops, nightlife, bars, and entertainment.


• Colliery Dam Park
• Buttertubs Marsh
• Westwood Lake
• Hawthrone Park
• Harewood Centennial Park


• Fairview Elementary
• Georgia Avenue Elementary
• Park Avenue Elementary
• Bayview Elementary
• Nanaimo District Secondary School
• John Barsby Secondary
• Vancouver Island University- (Post-Secondary and High School programs)