Nanaimo is a diverse community with many different types of housing options. It is important to find an option that works best for you so that you can feel settled and comfortable before starting your studies. It is important that you know what they are and the responsibilities you have before making an agreement with a potential landlord property owner. The BC Residential Agreement Act is a provincial government law that defines the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants, in order to protect both parties. Many landlords will require a one year lease [minimum term].
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Nanaimo is a diverse community with many different types of housing options. It is important to find an option that works best for you so that you can feel settled and comfortable before starting your studies. As a tenant renter , you have many rights and responsibilities in British Columbia.
It is important that you know what they are and the responsibilities you have before making an agreement with a potential landlord property owner. The BC Residential Tenancy Act is a provincial government law that defines the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants, in order to protect both parties. Lease terms might be negotiable but many landlords require a one year lease minimum term.
If you break a lease, you could lose your deposit. You may also want to ask about approximate bill amounts in the past so that you have an idea of what to expect. Take pictures before you move in so you have proof of any previous damages. It may also be a good idea to take pictures when you move out so have proof of the condition of the rental space when you left.
Make sure you understand what your responsibilities are. Canada is a writing-based culture and you can be held responsible legally and financially for any document that you sign. You will also need to know your student number.
The photo ID desk works the same hours as the library hours. These hours sometimes change so go to this website to confirm: viu. Make sure to keep your student card with you while you are on campus and take it to ALL of your exams.
What Can I do with my Student Card? Gym Memberships Use your student card to get free access to the gym and fitness facilities on campus. Head over to the gym Building to start working out! Dining Dollars Use your student card at the upper or lower cafeteria to buy food and drinks. Go to the upper cafeteria Building , load money on your student card and save! Library Account Use your library account to access millions of online articles, eBooks and online videos, and to borrow books, DVDs, CDs and electronic equipment.
Go to the library and ask to load money on your print account. Student Discounts You can use your student card to show student status so you can receive student discounts on bus passes, seaplane tickets and many other purchases in Nanaimo!
Lockers The Campus Store rents lockers to students throughout the Nanaimo campus. Visit the Bookstore for more information. It is an easy way to find out about events, activities and services on campus and in the community. Keep your classes, assignments and events organized Connect with your peers Chat with friends and see their timetable. All trips include return transportation from the university.
Meeting location for departures is the lobby of Building Prices vary by trip. Each edition has a different country focus or theme. The format usually consists of a brief presentation, an interactive activity or discussion and sampling of cultural foods. It is a casual atmosphere and a great place to meet other students. Price: Free! Discover the natural beauty of Nanaimo by hiking the local parks and trails while meeting other VIU students and staff.
Look for the posters around Building to find out which hikes will be offered and when during each semester. A weekly radio program hosted by VIU international students. Not only is it an opportunity to learn radio skills, it is a platform for international students to have a voice in the community, share music from their countries, teach language, interview other students and more.
Each month will feature a band representing different musical genres and regions of the world. For students who are 19 years or older only. You must bring ID. Issues of global development at home and abroad are explored through a variety of campus events and dialogues. The All Nations Reggae Symposium explores how reggae music has become an international movement of hope and resistance.
The symposium includes a panel discussion, performances and more. The Intercultural Hip Hop Forum is a new feature that explores themes of identity, culture and community through workshops and performances by hip hop artists of diverse backgrounds. There is a variety of on and off-campus recreational activities offered through the gym.
Sign-up at reception or online at: viu. Ask gym staff about the intramural leagues if you are interested in playing team sports. The facilities are free to access, however, special activities and classes often have participation fees. Note: Legal drinking age in BC is Thursdays are Open Mic Night September - April where you and fellow students can showcase your musical talents on stage.
VIUSU Student Clubs There is a wide range of student clubs to join everything from faculty-specific, cultural and political to arts-based, gaming and more: www. Watch our VIU athletes compete throughout the year.
Be a part of the enthusiastic and passionate fans called the VIU Nation. You can find the schedule online at www. It offers students an opportunity to gain professional publishing experience in everything from writing, designing and editing to selling ads and bookkeeping. Students are encouraged to submit original articles and letters to the editor.
More information at: thenav. Every VIU student is automatically a member of this not-for-profit radio station. Sign up as a volunteer for the opportunity to learn all aspects of radio production and the possibility to host your own show. Feel free to stop in. For more information visit www. Safety Safety VIU is a free application App to allow quick and easy access to Campus Security and many useful resources such as a campus map. The campus is also equipped with Blue Assistance Phones see photo below to provide help in the event of an emergency.
To use the Assistance Phone simply push the help button and you will be assisted shortly. If you ever phone by accident, do not hang up. Just tell them you dialed the number by mistake and that there is no emergency. Be Street Smart Know where you are going. Walk with a friend when out at night or in the wilderness.
Be alert to your surroundings and vehicle traffic. Avoid using headphones while walking at night. Wear high visibility clothing when walking on or near street at night. Get to know each other. Everyone has boundaries - treat them with respect.
Party, Party, Party Do not accept a drink from someone you do not know. Watch your drink at all times to reduce risk of someone putting a drug in your drink. Be aware of your surroundings and make sure to have a plan to get home safely. Communicate with a friend when you leave a bar or party. Tell them your plan. A security guard will escort you anywhere on campus, anytime of day or night! Call Driving Laws Driving laws are different around the world.
Telephone and Email Scams If you receive a phone call or email English, Mandarin or any language that asks for personal information there is a very high chance that it is a scam criminal activity. Do not share personal information.
Bus Safety To stop the bus, pull the string to ring the bell. The driver will stop closer to your home. Be sure to write your name and email on your bus pass so that there is a chance of recovery if it is lost. Protect Your Belongings Hold onto your phone, camera, bag, or laptop when in a public area including when on VIU campus.
Always lock your bicycle. Write your name on your things. Theft can happen anywhere. Temporary Coverage: Your First 4 Months The Faculty of International Education has signed you up for your first four months of medical coverage through guard. You will also be enrolled for future terms with guard. What it covers: Most visits to the doctor, clinic, or hospital and much more! For full coverage details and information about submitting claims please review the guard.
What it covers: Visits to the doctor, clinic and hospital. If you do not submit proof of your BC MSP, you will continue to be charged for, and enrolled in the guard. For more information on the plan, and for specific coverage details, visit: student.
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