University District Homes for Sale

University DistrictFew neighbourhoods still embody the town's coal mining heritage quite like the University District, Nanaimo. Affectionately known by locals as "Harewood," this well-established area was once predominantly rural. In fact, before it was known as Harewood, the community was called "Five Acres" as the land was subdivided into five-acre plots. Over time however, these farms were sold and re-zoned for residential use, the last of which was sold in 2011.

Today, the University District real estate market is attracting an entirely different demographic. Its close proximity to Vancouver Island University (VIU), downtown nightlife, and recreation is appealing to students, families, and young professional alike. As the community continues to be revitalized, we are seeing an increase in new condo developments, infill properties, and remodeled single-family homes.

Included below are homes for sale in University District. If you would like more information on any of these University District real estate listings, just click the "Request More Information" button when viewing the details of that property. We can provide you with disclosures, past sales history, dates and prices of homes recently sold nearby, and more.


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105 Aurora Way
Nanaimo, BC V9R 6V4
105 Aurora Way Nanaimo, BC V9R 6V4
1 of 19
$529,000
Subdivision: N/A
BEDS
4
BATHS
4
SQ.FT.
2,255
BUILT
2017
ON SITE
5Days
MLS
435852
No description available...
1992 Coal Tyee Trail
Nanaimo, BC V9R 6H4
1992 Coal Tyee Trail Nanaimo, BC V9R 6H4
1 of 27
$509,900
Subdivision: N/A
BEDS
4
BATHS
3
SQ.FT.
2,579
BUILT
1982
ON SITE
4Days
MLS
435935
No description available...
153 Bird Sanctuary Drive
Nanaimo, BC V9R 6G9
153 Bird Sanctuary Drive Nanaimo, BC V9R 6G9
1 of 15
$550,000
Subdivision: N/A
BEDS
4
BATHS
3
SQ.FT.
2,237
BUILT
N/A
ON SITE
7Days
MLS
435805
No description available...
23 4Th Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 1S8
23 4Th Street Nanaimo, BC V9R 1S8
1 of 30
$334,900
Subdivision: N/A
BEDS
2
BATHS
1
SQ.FT.
880
BUILT
1949
ON SITE
10Days
MLS
435756
This well-maintained rancher shows extremely well and has had plenty of updates. There is new flooring, new doors, trim and baseboards inside, new windows and exterior trim, updated insulation in the...
1244 Selkirk Drive
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5X4
1244 Selkirk Drive Nanaimo, BC V9R 5X4
1 of 46
$739,900
Subdivision: N/A
BEDS
2
BATHS
2
SQ.FT.
1,980
BUILT
1977
ON SITE
13Days
MLS
435624
The panoramic ocean and mountain views from this West Coast style home are sure to impress! This unique 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom plus large den home also features an office & an art studio; all on a low...
471 Hillcrest Ave
Nanaimo, BC V9R 3M3
471 Hillcrest Ave Nanaimo, BC V9R 3M3
1 of 17
$499,900
Subdivision: N/A
BEDS
4
BATHS
3
SQ.FT.
1,595
BUILT
1949
ON SITE
18Days
MLS
435480
Looking for the perfect investment property?! Look no further as we've just listed this fantastic 3 bedroom, 2 bath rancher and a 1 bedroom, 1 bath coach house with a total revenue of $2600/month. A...
651 Lambert Ave
Nanaimo, BC V9R 3N9
651 Lambert Ave Nanaimo, BC V9R 3N9
1 of 29
$539,900
Subdivision: N/A
BEDS
4
BATHS
3
SQ.FT.
1,937
BUILT
2013
ON SITE
19Days
MLS
435410
Location Location! Sitting on a quiet street and conveniently close to Vancouver Island University, the Aquatic Centre, the Nanaimo Ice Centre, Colliery Dam and close to all levels of school is this...
195 Calder Road
Nanaimo, BC V9R 6J1
195 Calder Road Nanaimo, BC V9R 6J1
1 of 21
$479,900
Subdivision: N/A
BEDS
4
BATHS
2
SQ.FT.
1,990
BUILT
1980
ON SITE
24Days
MLS
435235
Come fall in love with your own private oasis. This home has been tastefully updated and ready for you to move in and enjoy. The home has 3 bedrooms on the main floor with an updated 4pc bathroom and...
180 Wakesiah Ave
Nanaimo, BC V9R 3J9
180 Wakesiah Ave Nanaimo, BC V9R 3J9
1 of 17
$379,900
Subdivision: N/A
BEDS
3
BATHS
1
SQ.FT.
2,203
BUILT
N/A
ON SITE
34Days
MLS
434870
No description available...
1371 College Drive
Nanaimo, BC V9R 1M5
1371 College Drive Nanaimo, BC V9R 1M5
1 of 38
$819,000
Subdivision: N/A
BEDS
5
BATHS
4
SQ.FT.
3,081
BUILT
2018
ON SITE
39Days
MLS
434745
New subdivision on popular College Drive! This wonderful family home with mountain views is close to the Vancouver Island University, downtown, the hospital, and the country roads of Jingle Pot,...
1972 Coal Tyee Trail
Nanaimo, BC V9R 6J3
1972 Coal Tyee Trail Nanaimo, BC V9R 6J3
1 of 9
$449,000
Subdivision: N/A
BEDS
4
BATHS
3
SQ.FT.
1,897
BUILT
1974
ON SITE
47Days
MLS
432859
This Nearly 1900 Sqft family home is in a great location near the university and Westwood Lake. The upper floor has a spacious 3 bedroom 2 bathrooms and the lower level has 1 bed 1 bath and family...
2473 Jingle Pot Road
Nanaimo, BC V9R 6W3
2473 Jingle Pot Road Nanaimo, BC V9R 6W3
1 of 33
$749,900
Subdivision: N/A
BEDS
4
BATHS
3
SQ.FT.
2,421
BUILT
2000
ON SITE
47Days
MLS
434355
No description available...

University District Homes For Sale

While the days of farming in the University District have come and gone, homebuyers can find a good cross section of homes for sale. With character homes to modern townhouse developments, and everything in between. You can also find a number of apartments and mobile homes on the market. The majority of homes were build from the 1970s to the early 1990s, though the overall housing stock is getting newer with 30% of homes having been built in the last 20 years.

For those homebuyers searching for a good investment, there are many infill opportunities in the University District, as distressed homes are being torn down. There also remains a few tracks of land that remain undeveloped, which offer lots of potential.

University District Amenities

One of the University Distict's greatest assets is the abundance of parks and public green spaces available. Colliery Dam Park is a local favourite. On any given day, you can see people walking their dogs, runners exploring the trail system, and families swimming in the dam in the summer.

Buttertubs Marsh Conservation Area is another local gem. This 100-acre tract of marshland is home to dozens of native and migrating bird species. The 2.5 km loop offers a scenic stroll that takes you into your own personal oasis away from city life.

On Third Street, residents can find a number of recreational facilities including the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre, Nanaimo Ice Centre, and the Serauxmen Sports Field complete with funning track.

For daily errands, University Village Mall is a great place for groceries, shopping, and a bite to eat. There are also a number of good dining options for hungry students. Popular places to eat include Lee's Famous Recipe Chicken, Gateway to India for curries, and Pho Tin Tin for Vietnamese cuisine. Another little known secret is the Discovery Room at VIU. Run by the VIU Culinary Institute of Vancouver Island, diners can experience five-star meals at prices that won't break the bank.

University District Schools

  • Bayview Elementary
  • Fairview Elementary
  • Georgia Avenue Elementary
  • Park Avenue Community School
  • Nanaimo District Secondary School (French Immersion instruction available)
  • John Barsby Secondary
  • Vancouver Island University (post-secondary)