The University District is one of Nanaimo’s most-established and most desireable neighbourhoods being in close proximity to Vancouver Island University, shopping, Nanaimo Aquatic Recreational Centres and parks. This area was formerly known as “Harewood”, and to some still is and will always be.

Homes in the University District come from every era: There are old character homes, many of them wonderfully maintained; there are also newer homes, and everything in between. Most properties have alley access and because of close proximity to VIU are great investments.



College Heights

This development area of larger homes is perched high the city located on the other side, across the Nanaimo Parkway, from VIU. Just a short six minute drive to downtown and numerous highly used parks, lakes and trails.

Here you’ll find spectacular views of Nanaimo, the Georgia Strait and the mainland mountains. Most homes have huge windows to catch the sunrises. The properties themselves are usually steep, with beautiful rockwork and decks and terraces, giving the neighbourhood a very interesting aspect.


Parks in the Area

Buttertubs Marsh

Colliery Dams

Morrell Sanctuary

Westwood Lake

Westwood Ridge


Schools in the Area

Elementary (K to Grade 7):

Bayview Elementary – 140 View St, 250 754-2331: 151 Students

Fairview Elementary – 205 Howard Ave, 250 753-3418: 255 Students

Georgia Ave Commun School – 625 Georgia Ave, 250 753-1044: 299 Students

Park Avenue Community School – 395 Eighth St, 250 754-5591: 273 Students


Secondary (Grade 8-12):

John Barsby Secondary School – 550 7th St, 250 753-8211: 663 Students

Nanaimo District Secondary School – 355 Wakesiah Ave, 250 740-2000: 1037 Students

Learn@Home (through NDSS) Grade 8-12, 250 740-2038

Career Technical Centre (through NDSS) – 250-740-2032

Vancouver Island University – 900 Fifth St, 250 753-3245


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