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Common Housing Questions

How can I find housing?
There are many different ways to find housing in the communities surrounding VIU. If you would like assistance from VIU’s Housing Department, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You may also want to review the information on our website.

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 U.S

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 contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for help. You will be responsible for covering the cost of temporary housing.

How much does housing cost in the Fairfax area?
Rental rates depend on the type of housing you choose. Prices can range from $400 (if you are renting a shared bedroom with another individual) to $1200 per month (if you are renting an entire 1-bedroom apartment) and vary depending on the quality of the property, the neighborhood, and inclusion or exclusion of additional expenses in the rental price. The average cost to rent a room in a landlord’s house or apartment is around $650 per month. (Note: Rooms may or may not be furnished!) For more information, please click please click here

How far from campus are most housing options?
There are apartments that are walking distance from the university. But there are also apartments available where you will need to take at least a 20 minute bus ride

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).

How far from campus are most housing options located?
There are many apartments within a 10-20 minute walk from the university. Some students may also choose to live farther away. These students commute to the university by car, train, or bus.

There are buses and trains which connect much of the DC/Metro area and the surrounding regions. If you search for a place to live in the areas of Fairfax, Oakton, Annandale, Seven Corners, and Merrifield, Virginia you can take a bus to VIU. There are several bus lines that you can take that will drop you off within a 10 minute walk of VIU. The bus routes that you should take include:

1C (Inova Fair Oaks Hospital – Ballston Station)
1Z (Inova Fair Oaks Hospital – Ballston Station)
2G (Fair Oaks Hospital – Ballston Station)
City Of Fairfax CUE Bus (Gold Line)

For bus route schedules and timetables, please visit

Learn more about the Metro here.

Learn more about bus service areas here.

Who can I contact if I need help from VIU?

For additional help with housing, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Office of Student Affairs at (703) 591-7042, extension 399.