Common Housing Questions
- How can I find housing?
- When should I start looking for accommodation?
- Will temporary housing be available to me while I am searching for accommodation?
- How much does housing cost in the Fairfax area?
- How far from campus are most housing options?
- What additional expenses should I expect when renting a room or apartment?
- How far from campus are housing options located?
- Who can I contact if I need help from VIU?
How can I find housing?
|When should I start looking for accommodation?
It is best to begin looking for accommodation as soon as you have received your I-20. This will provide you with sufficient time to explore multiple housing options before classes begin. For students looking to secure housing before they arrive in the United States, please note: Not all housing providers will allow you to make arrangements prior to your arrival in the US.
| Will temporary housing be available to me while I am searching for accommodations?
Temporary accommodation will not be available on campus while you are searching for a place to stay. However, there are several hotels within walking distance of VIU that are affordable. Many of these hotels offer special rates to VIU students. If you wish to book a reservation with the discounted VIU rate, please visit our page about hotels near VIU.
How much does housing cost in the Fairfax area?
How far from campus are most housing options?
1c (Inova Fair Oaks Hospital - Ballston Station)
| What additional costs should I expect when renting a room or an apartment?
On top of your regular rent, you should anticipate expenses for internet, phone, and utilities. The term "utilities" refers to expenses such as water, gas, and heat. There are some apartments that include heat and water expenses in the price of rent. In other apartments, it is your responsibility to pay for all utilities. You may also be responsible for purchasing furnishings for your room (such as a bed or couch).
| Who can I contact if I need help from VIU?