Like South Nanaimo and the Old City, the University District is distinguished by its greater concentration of students, young families, and artsy types. It's a very convenient place to live, being close to downtown yet close to the mountain - and also close to the Parkway expressway and VIU.

Note: While the University Village shopping mall is only a few blocks from the university, the Real Estate Board calls that area "South Nanaimo". Homes in that area are listed on my South Nanaimo page.

Condos & Townhomes in University District

Homes for Sale in the University District

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10 Ashlar Rd 2, Nanaimo

$349,000

10 Ashlar Rd 2, Nanaimo

1 Bed 1 Bath 781 SqFt 872 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 954433

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

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999 Bowen Rd 5203, Nanaimo

$249,900

999 Bowen Rd 5203, Nanaimo

1 Bed 1 Bath 710 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Condo Apartment MLS® # 954400

Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty (PK)

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2473 Jingle Pot Rd, Nanaimo

$999,000

2473 Jingle Pot Rd, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,600 SqFt 54,886 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 954361

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

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801 Oakhills Vista, Nanaimo

$649,900

801 Oakhills Vista, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 1,771 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 954258

eXp Realty

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131 Wildlife Pl, Nanaimo

$834,900

131 Wildlife Pl, Nanaimo

4 Beds 2 Baths 2,596 SqFt 7,841 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 954224

Century 21 Harbour Realty Ltd.

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1164 College Dr, Nanaimo

$1,499,900

1164 College Dr, Nanaimo

3 Beds 4 Baths 3,421 SqFt 11,326 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 954141

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

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92 Fifth St, Nanaimo

$599,900

92 Fifth St, Nanaimo

3 Beds 1 Bath 1,458 SqFt 6,534 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 953923

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

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57 Acacia Ave, Nanaimo

$949,900

57 Acacia Ave, Nanaimo

6 Beds 4 Baths 2,425 SqFt 4,356 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 953879

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

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1343 Langara Dr, Nanaimo

$1,299,000

1343 Langara Dr, Nanaimo

5 Beds 4 Baths 3,186 SqFt 6,534 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 953844

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

444 Bruce Ave 35, Nanaimo

$419,900

444 Bruce Ave 35, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,205 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 953657

eXp Realty

1865 Noorzan St 93, Nanaimo

$319,900

1865 Noorzan St 93, Nanaimo

2 Beds 2 Baths 952 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 953454

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

388 Hillcrest Ave, Nanaimo

$599,900

388 Hillcrest Ave, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 1,074 SqFt 8,712 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 953217

460 Realty Inc. (NA)


University District Areas

There are a few distinct neighbourhoods in the University District, as shown in the image below. Scroll past the image for more info about the areas:

Showing aerial view of University District with borders and landmarks and neighbourhood names

College Heights

This neighbourhood of about 400 homes is perched on a knoll above the university and the Parkway. Many of the homes are large and have incredible views toward downtown and across to the coastal mountain range and Vancouver. 

Oceanview College Heights homes

Buttertubs: Beside the marsh there are some larger, well-kept 1970s-80s homes around Bird Sanctuary Dr and Wildlife Pl, as seen below. It's a proud neighbourhood and most of the homes are renovated, though some fixer-uppers are still to be found.

Homes near Buttertubs Marsh


HawthorneHawthorne neighbourhood, University District, Nanaimo

Very desirable for families, this subdivision near the university includes mostly mid-2000s detached homes, as well as a European/loft-style cluster of townhomes at the corner of Wakesiah and 2nd St. Another phase is under construction in 2020/21.

Fairview: An old neighbourhood on the outskirts of downtown Nanaimo - between Wakesiah Ave and Pine Street. These are solid old homes, similar to what is found in Harewood. This area is only slightly less sought-after in comparison with the Old City.

Northwest Harewood (this is not a name that is used): The real estate board's "University District" boundaries happen to include the northwest parts of Harewood, closest to VIU, reaching down to Harewood Road as far as the Colliery Dams. This area has a lot of ageing houses, though many are very nicely renovated, and beautiful gardens are common. This is a popular area for investors to purchase homes for renting to university students, as the neighbourhood rests directly between VIU and shopping.

Recreation and Amenities

The malls of North Nanaimo are easily accessed via the Parkway. But the lakes and ocean and mountain are even closer:

  • Hiking trails (easy to alpine) - 6 minute drive
  • Dog off leash areas - 5 minute drive
  • Rocky beaches - 8 minute drive
  • Lake swimming - 6 minute drive
  • Nanaimo River swimming - 20 minute drive

Nearby Schools

  • Fairview Elementary ; 205 Howard Ave.
  • Georgia Avenue Elementary ; 625 Georgia Ave.
  • Nanaimo District Secondary School (NDSS) ; 355 Wakesiah Ave.
  • John Barsby Secondary ; 550 7th St.

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