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.

Homes for Sale in the University District

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348 Wessex Lane, Nanaimo

$799,000

348 Wessex Lane, Nanaimo

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,928 SqFt 7,406 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 915214

Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty (QU)

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1406 Jingle Pot Rd 3, Nanaimo

$364,999

1406 Jingle Pot Rd 3, Nanaimo

1 Bed 1 Bath 565 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 915000

One Percent Realty Ltd.

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121 Bird Sanctuary Dr, Nanaimo

$725,000

121 Bird Sanctuary Dr, Nanaimo

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,038 SqFt 7,841 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 914969

eXp Realty

1980 Valley Oak Dr, Nanaimo

$290,000

1980 Valley Oak Dr, Nanaimo

2 Beds 1 Bath 924 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Manufactured Home MLS® # 914617

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

1340 College Dr, Nanaimo

$979,900

1340 College Dr, Nanaimo

5 Beds 4 Baths 2,914 SqFt 0 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 914681

Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty (NanIsHwyN)

1291 College Dr, Nanaimo

$1,195,000

↓ $34,000

1291 College Dr, Nanaimo

5 Beds 3 Baths 2,577 SqFt 8,277 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 914502

RE/MAX of Nanaimo - Mac Real Estate Group

538 Menzies Ridge Dr, Nanaimo

$999,900

538 Menzies Ridge Dr, Nanaimo

6 Beds 4 Baths 2,814 SqFt 5,228 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 914482

460 Realty Inc. (NA)

480 Machleary St, Nanaimo

$525,000

480 Machleary St, Nanaimo

0 Beds 0 Baths 0 SqFt 9,584 SqFt Lot Land MLS® # 914297

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

353 Poets Trail Dr, Nanaimo

$1,090,000

353 Poets Trail Dr, Nanaimo

5 Beds 4 Baths 3,494 SqFt 6,534 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 904725

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)

202 Craig St, Nanaimo

$585,000

↓ $35,000

202 Craig St, Nanaimo

3 Beds 1 Bath 1,586 SqFt 6,970 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 914016

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

51 Acacia Ave, Nanaimo

$649,900

51 Acacia Ave, Nanaimo

3 Beds 2 Baths 2,324 SqFt 8,712 SqFt Lot Single Family Detached MLS® # 913873

RE/MAX of Nanaimo

855 Howard Ave 32, Nanaimo

$439,900

↓ $10,000

855 Howard Ave 32, Nanaimo

4 Beds 1 Bath 1,403 SqFt 1,307 SqFt Lot Row/Townhouse MLS® # 913548

Sutton Group-West Coast Realty (Nan)


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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