We're building homes for NIC students

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NIC Student Housing Commons will be a multi-generational, Indigenized living-learning neighbourhood of 200 residents that is a place of self-development, informal gathering, support and rejuvenation for all students.

To read the request for qualifications, go to BC Bid and browse bid opportunities for NIC-2022-008.

The Housing Commons will be a physical expression of NIC's commitment to access to education and training for everyone, to life-long learning, Indigenization and the College's institution-defining culture of inclusivity, caring and student success.

The Student Housing Commons is expected to open in Fall 2024.

Five Housing Goals

  1. Increase the participation rate of a diversity of adult learners in the NIC region by reducing barriers to safe, secure and supportive living environments
  2. Create living-learning student communities
  3. Indigenization
  4. Promote stewardship of the natural environment
  5. Financially self-sustaining

Quick Facts

  • Two, four-storey buildings with 217 beds, indoor and outdoor common areas
  • Family Building: 20 suites with 60 beds total, including one, two-bedroom accessible suite
  • Single Student Building
    • 24 quad apartments
    • 41 studio apartments, including three short-term suites
    • 8 accessible suites
    • 12 nano studio apartments

Learn more in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Follow this page for updates on the project, including public events and opportunities for feedback and discussion.

NIC Student Housing Commons will be a multi-generational, Indigenized living-learning neighbourhood of 200 residents that is a place of self-development, informal gathering, support and rejuvenation for all students.

To read the request for qualifications, go to BC Bid and browse bid opportunities for NIC-2022-008.

The Housing Commons will be a physical expression of NIC's commitment to access to education and training for everyone, to life-long learning, Indigenization and the College's institution-defining culture of inclusivity, caring and student success.

The Student Housing Commons is expected to open in Fall 2024.

Five Housing Goals

  1. Increase the participation rate of a diversity of adult learners in the NIC region by reducing barriers to safe, secure and supportive living environments
  2. Create living-learning student communities
  3. Indigenization
  4. Promote stewardship of the natural environment
  5. Financially self-sustaining

Quick Facts

  • Two, four-storey buildings with 217 beds, indoor and outdoor common areas
  • Family Building: 20 suites with 60 beds total, including one, two-bedroom accessible suite
  • Single Student Building
    • 24 quad apartments
    • 41 studio apartments, including three short-term suites
    • 8 accessible suites
    • 12 nano studio apartments

Learn more in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Follow this page for updates on the project, including public events and opportunities for feedback and discussion.

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    Hello, I am just wondering what the average rental cost will be per unit. I'm not sure who decides this number but I really hope they do not price according to the market. The market price for rentals are getting outrageous in Courtenay and Comox. I really hope who ever decides the rate for students will consider this and just try to be fair.

    Brodie Enquist asked 6 months ago

    Hi Brodie,

    Thanks for these comments.

    The goal for NIC’s housing commons is to be accessible for students, we know that access to affordable housing can stop a student from completing their education or transitioning to a new career. With the student housing commons, NIC is seeking an affordable option for students while keeping the operating costs of the facilities at a financially self-sustaining level. The exact rental rates will be determined prior to the opening when these costs are better known.

    Affordability is absolutely critical to the success of NIC students. That’s why rental rates will include all residential needs and amenities and there will also be a variety of suite configurations and rental rates to accommodate a range of needs.

    We truly appreciate your concerns. I will make sure to pass your comments along to our operations committee.

    Thank you for sending along your feedback.

    Diane

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    Is there currently any student housing available for fall 2022 at the college?

    Anna asked 6 months ago

    Hi Anna,

    Thanks for your question. We won’t have student housing available on any of our campuses until Fall 2024 with the launch of the student housing commons on our Comox Valley campus.

    One helpful resource for NIC students is the North Island Students’ Union (NISU) community and its services. NISU has an app available for all NIC students (http://northisland.campusapp.com). You can download it using your NIC email address. Students regularly discuss housing tips and post house sharing opportunities. Similarly, many of our campus buildings have notice boards where community members post local rentals prior to the start of term.

    Thanks again for your question.

    Diane

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    Who exactly qualifies for family housing? The FAQ is a bit vague in this regard. Is family housing for students with codependents, be they spouses, children or family? Is it specifically for students who are parents and their children? Look forward to your response, Alex

    asked 7 months ago

    Hi Alex,

    Thanks for this question. There are many options for family housing. As we get closer to opening day, a Student Housing Operations Committee will explore best practices in student housing to help us design an application process that best meets the diverse needs of NIC students and families.

    I will make sure to send your question to the Operations Committee.

    Thank you,

    Diane

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    Is private investing in the building project possible, if so what are the conditions

    pieter asked 7 months ago

    Hi Pieter,

    This is Diane Naugler, Director of Future Students and Community Engagement. I don’t understand your question but I’m happy to discuss.

    Please contact me directly at: diane.naugler@nic.bc.ca

    Thank you.

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    is fencing fronting Ryan road being considered both for noise/visual impact and for safety for children living onsite?

    Deborah asked 7 months ago

    Hi Deborah,

    Thanks for your question. The safety and comfort of students and families in the NIC housing commons is a priority for us. Both will be considered through the public procurement process and site construction. More details will be available as the project takes shape.

    Thanks again for your comments.

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    I am wondering what the processes are related to accepting applications? Will domestic students have priority?

    pburton asked 8 months ago

    Hello!

    Thanks for the question. We are currently developing our application process for our new Student Housing Commons. The processes will be in place in time for our anticipated Fall 2024 opening.

    The housing commons will offer housing for students from across the North Island region. All students attending NIC’s Comox Valley campus will be eligible to apply, with priority admission for Indigenous students from across the region who apply by the early admission timelines. We anticipate a housing commons that is a vibrant community of domestic, Indigenous and international students.

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