Make the most of your time at VIU Cowichan

There are many great student support services and campus services available to you during your time with us. Here we cover some details that will help you get the most out of your VIU student experience. 

Important information

Student fees

See the student fee schedule

Student ID cards

You need your student ID to access many VIU services. Learn how to get your student ID card the Library site.

Students’ Union

VIU Students' Union is the voice of students at VIU and organizes events, hosts services, runs the student pub at Nanaimo, provides advocacy, and more.

Nanaimo campus, Building 193

Textbook resources

You can order online at the VIU Campus Store and pick up your order at the Cowichan campus. Used textbooks are available but inventory varies.

Other textbook sources:

Online learning and technology

VIU Learn

You take most online classes on VIU Learn. Before your online course starts, it’s a good idea to review our taking an online course advice

The Centre for Innovation and Excellent in Learning (CIEL)

CIEL student support can help you with: 

  • VIULearn 
  • VIUTube - videos and photos
  • VIU Online Meeting Rooms
  • VIU WordPress - website or blogs
  • Zoom - video conferencing

1.888.920.2221 Ext. 6179

Student Technology Guide

The Student Technology Guide gives you step-by-step instructions to set up and use technology tools at VIU.

Student Tech Support

Contact Tech Support for help with:

  • logging in
  • VIU computers
  • connecting to internet on campus

Phone: 1.888.920.2221 Ext. 6300

Free download of MS Office 365

Web: MS Office 365

Career help

Co-Curricular Record

Your Co-curricular Record is a way to gain experience you can add to your resumé. 



CareerStudio is a hub where you can find career help. You can book an appointment to discuss your career needs or attend an event or workshop. 

Community services

Free pool and gym passes

As a VIU student you can get a free pass to the Cowichan Aquatic Centre and Gym. Bring your student ID to Student Affairs office at the Cowichan campus and ask for pool passes. 

You must be currently enrolled and paying student activity fees. 

Student Affairs hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Transit Information

See the Cowichan Valley Transit System

VIU students pay for reduced fare.

More community resources 

See the Cowichan Valley food and community resources page