Vancouver Island University will soon sport new student housing, thanks to a $87M investment from the Government of British Columbia. The nine-storey hybrid mass-timber building will include space for 266 beds, a common area, and a new dining hall. With the new beds, the university’s on-campus student accommodations will increase by over 50%. “Secure, stable and affordable housing is essential for students to be successful at their studies,” stated VIU President Deborah Saucier. “Additional on-campus housing promotes a deeper connection between learners and the land our campus is located on, which provides students with a fully accessible space to live while they explore their potential studying at VIU.” BC Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.