Cowichan owners have asked to rent guest rooms and student suites – Cowichan Valley Citizen

Homeowners in the Cowichan Valley are encouraged to consider renting out their spare rooms to university students., a website that provides off-campus housing solutions for college and university students in North America, reaches out to the public to ask them to provide housing for students returning to class this fall .

Mark Taylor, account manager of, which has a contract with Vancouver Island University to provide an online resource for rental property listings to his students, said a number of factors compounded the problems for students at VIU’s Cowichan campus. find off-campus housing this year.

He said many classes were held online last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic making physical attendance at VIU unnecessary for many students, with many local landlords renting out their accommodation to families isolated and to other tenants and not looking to rent to students this year.

“There’s also the fact that the rental market continues to be hot, so there just isn’t a lot of rental housing right now,” Taylor said.

“So what we have is a decrease in rental inventory and an increase in demand at the same time. “

But VIU officials say they are not aware of any student housing crisis in the Cowichan Valley so far as the fall semester begins.

Jessie Magee-Chalmers, administrator of the VIU Cowichan campus, said the university had not heard from its student community that they were struggling to find accommodation in the area.

“VIU’s Cowichan campus primarily serves people who are already in our community and very few of them move here specifically to take programs,” she said.

“Some people may struggle to find new ways of life and we just don’t hear about them. “

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