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Campus Life Activities

Watch the digital display opposite the Welcome Centre, check the bulletin boards on the second floor and outside Student Affairs, watch the Student Newsletter, and check back for exciting events for VIU students!

Fall 2017 Semester

Your campus life activity program subsidizes your use at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre, 2653 James Street, Duncan.

Fitness for only $1 if you get your vouchers!

  • $3.35 voucher available for students by showing student card at Student Affairs
  • Must be enrolled in current semester and paying activity fees; non-transferable

The Aquatic Centre includes the 25 metre pool, 3 metre diving board, wave pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room, and the Fitness Centre featuring the Technogym equipment.

The Fabulous Film Series

Selections from our bucket list of essential films to see in your life. A great introduction to quality and classic films. We will speak on why each film is important.

Room 140 - The Lecture Theatre

Show times - 6:30pm except where indicated

Sept 18 - Some Like it Hot ( Dir. Billy Wilder, 1959)

Sept 29 - Orange Shirt Day special film

   12pm: We Were Children (Dir. Tim Wolochatiuk, 2012)

Oct 16 - Bicylce Thieves (Ladri di Biciclette) (Dir. Vittorio De Sica, 1948)

Oct 30 - Double Feature!

    5pm: Nosferatu (Dir. F.W. Murnau, 1922)

    7pm: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Dir. Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014)

Nov 20 - Hate (La Haine) (Dir. Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995)

Dec 18 - It's a Wonderful Life (Dir. Frank Capra, 1946)

Admission is by donation and will go towards the Student Emergency Fund.

  Tuesday, Nov 28 noon - 4 pm

  Room 140 Lecture Theatre


For students  & arranged by students. Add to your wardrobe without spending any money.


As many are aware coming back to school can present many challenges. One challenge is living on a lean budget. In our efforts to lessen the burden for students we are hosting free clothing exchange on Tuesday, Nov 28.


Here’s how it works: We call upon the kindness of staff and students to donate articles of gently used clothing.

¨ children

¨ men

¨ women

¨ footwear

¨ outerwear

¨ casual

¨ semi-casual attire


There is no limit to how much you can donate. The only thing we ask is the clothing items are in good condition. Please bring your gently used items (preferably washed and bagged) to the Student Affairs office of the Cowichan campus by Thursday, November 23. 


Any donated clothing items that are left after the exchange will be donated to Somenos Transition House and the Warmland Homeless Shelter.

Want to join the Positive Space Alliance in making VIU a welcoming place for LGBTQ2+ individuals?

Attending this training session is the way to join the Positive Space Alliance's safe spaces campaign. This session will provide background information on common issues faced by students and employees who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, or two-spirited (LGBTQ2+), tips on what you can do to create a more inclusive environment at Vancouver Island University, and outline the expectations of those displaying the Positive Space sticker.

Registration is not required.

Tuesday, Nov 28 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm, Room 135


Cowichan River

Outdoor Rec

Hike: Sun, Nov 26 from 11am to 4pm

  • Sign up at Student Affairs by Nov 22
  • Suitable for fit beginner or intermediate hikers
  • 4 seats reserved for Cowichan campus students
  • $14/student, $28/non-student
  • You will be picked up and dropped off at Cowichan Campus.

Wellness Wednesday! Student Biometric Health Screening Clinic!

Do you know if you are at risk of having a cardiovascular event in the 10 years?

Do you know what your heart age actually is based on your health numbers?

Register or drop in to the Biometric Clinic and get your health numbers!

This voluntary screening includes blood cholesterol (not confirmed), blood pressure, blood glucose, carbon monoxide, body composition and more! Screening takes approximately 20 minutes from start to finish, is conducted by 2nd and 3rd year nursing students and is interpreted by VIU’s own Health Clinic Nurse Practitioner. Know Your Health Numbers and register today!

Sign up at Student Affairs or email to book your appointment


Fall 2017 Clinic Dates

Wednesday November 8


Cowichan Campus

Naloxone Training
Working Together | Reducing Harm

Free training for students, staff, and faculty 

  • Wed, Nov 1st
  • 1:30 - 2:30 pm (drop-ins welcome)
  • Room 215
  • Facilitators: Regional Harm Reduction Coordinators, VIHA

What is Harm Reduction?

Harm reduction aims to keep people safe and minimize death, disease, and injury from high risk behaviour. The evidence shows it works and has many benefits for people who use substances, their families, and our communities.

Pet Therapy

St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs

Pet a dog and relieve stress!

Petting a dog can have a calming effect and result in lower blood pressure, eased tension, and refreshed memories. The therapy dog is non-judgmental and unconditionally affectionate. The pet therapy station is on the second floor - look for the station between the hallways/next to the big windows.

ALLERGY ALERT: Students with allergies can pass by within 20 feet and not come in contact with the dog.

Dates: TBA