Your VIU Alumni Association has secured additional benefits on and off campus with great local businesses. Please see the benefit partners listed below to view more details on the discounts you can receive.

Alumni must produce a valid alumni benefit card to take advantage of the benefits listed below.

Request your alumni benefit card by filling out the Get Connected form.

Alumni Benefit PartnersDeep Bay Marine Field Station | Clearly | Harbour Air Seaplanes | Milner Gardens | Port Theatre | Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort | VI Pest Control Ltd. | White Sails Brewing | VIU Campus Store | VIU Campus Recreation & Mariner Athletics | VIU Library | VIU Hairdressing | VIU Residences | VIU Theatre


Clearly offers VIU alumni, students, and staff 10% discount on contact lenses and 25% discount on glasses when ordered online with promo code STUDENTLENS10 for lenses and PAIRUP25 for glasses. Free shipping is available for Canada Post delivery option only. Please refer to Clearly for more information.

Deep Bay Marine Field Station

VIU alumni and their guests will receive $2 off individual admission to the VIU Deep Bay Marine Field Station when displaying their alumni benefit card. High season rate is $10 (regular rate $12) and off season rate is $8 (regular rate $10). Applies to daily rate and to only members within the alum's party

Harbour Air Seaplanes

Alumni with an active alumni benefit card along with a government photo ID can receive a 15% discount offered on goFlex and goGold fares with Harbour Air Seaplanes on the full fare flights. Alumni can receive the discount online at time of purchase when using the coupon code VIUA1218 for bookings made between January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018 and for departures from January 1, 2018 to January 31,  2019.  A new code will be provided at that time. Please note that VIU alumni must present their alumni card upon check-in. Please note that this offer cannot be combined with any other offer and VIU alumni are permitted to bring 1 guest with them, travelling on the same flight. Only the full fare will be discounted. Does not apply to other discounted fares.

Milner Gardens Membership

Alumni with an active alumni benefit card can purchase an individual annual membership for $11 (regular price $27) or a household annual membership for $22.01 (regular price $44). Alumni who have purchased a Milner Gardens annual membership can receive regular membership benefits:

  • Unlimited entry to the Garden during regular garden hours (excluding some Special Events)
  • Reduced admission for Member's Guests. Members do not need to accompany guests - To be purchased in advance
  • Discounted pricing on Admission to Special Events
  • 10% discount off regularly priced items and plants at the Gift Shop & Nursery
  • "Milner Musings" newsletter
  • Early entry into the Fall/Spring Plant Sale Events
  • Membership in the Milner Gardens and Woodland Society

Contact Milner Gardens & Woodland to purchase alumni discounted annual membership.

Port Theatre Discount

Present your alumni benefit card at Nanaimo's Port Theatre and enjoy membership rates on all the Spotlight Series events.

Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort

Alumni with an active alumni benefit card can receive a 20% discount off of Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort and Conference Centre’s best available room rates. Tigh-Na-Mara is an all-season oceanfront resort set in 22 acres of tranquil Arbutus and Douglas Fir forest in picturesque Parksville, BC. Book your reservations at 1-800-663-7373 and identify yourself as a VIU Alumni. Must present active VIU alumni benefit card at time of check-in to receive discount. Discount only applies to accommodation, spa services not included.

VI Pest Control Ltd.

Alumni owned and operated VI Pest Control is offering a 10% discount on its pest control programs for rodent and insect treatment for both commercial and residential structures from Nanaimo to Comox (Comox Valley, Campbell River, Nanaimo, and Parksville-Qualicum Beach). Alumni will need to call to confirm areas serviced. This discount excludes monthly/annual contracts. Please visit their website to view their services, regions covered, and contact information. Self-identify as a VIU alum to receive the discount.

White Sails Brewing

We are pleased to present a partnership program unique to VIU Alumni that offers Alumni a 10% discount on Craft Beer served in our White Sails Brewing Taproom Sunday through Thursday (Friday and Saturday excluded). The program will be available for personal purchases by Alumni members who present their Alumni benefit card at the time of purchase for sleeves or flights. The offer cannot be combined with other discounts and is applicable to Alumni only, guests are not included at this time.

VIU Campus Store (Nanaimo Campus)

The VIU Campus Store is offering a 20% discount on all VIU crested products and merchandise such as gift ware, apparel, and mugs (excludes textbooks and computer products). Alumni can receive education pricing on all computers with valid student card (excludes alumni without valid student identification card).

VIU Campus Recreation & Mariner Athletics

The VIU Campus Recreation & Mariner Athletics are offering the following discounts to alumni with validalumni benefit card:

  • Alumni receive 25% discount on regular community service rates (subject to change) on the following services:
    • Gymnasium passes which includes access to the fitness and weight room and multi-purpose room (includes drop-in, month pass, semester pass - 4 months, and annual membership)
    • Court fees for squash/racquetball
    • Locker rental per semester and annual - Sept to Aug
  • Alumni receive student rate for racquet day use and towel service (includes day use, semester, and annual - Sept to Aug)
  • Alumni receive 25% discount on regular community service rates (subject to change) on intramural, fitness and outdoor programs (outdoor programs are reserved for students until the Friday before the event, then open to alumni & community members)
  • Alumni receive $4 Admission to Mariner Home games and 25% off VIU Nation gear
  • Alumni receive 25% off Campus Rec Merchandise purchased in Gym

VIU Library

Present your alumni benefit card at the Library Services Desk and receive an annual community library card and PIN. The community card allows alumni to borrow books for free, this includes signing books out, renewing books online, and use of the library catalogue. Alumni benefits do not include off-campus access to most licensed resources, but most are accessible on-campus at the public Library computers (because of licensing agreements, some access to library e-resources, databases and/or computer programs are limited).

VIU Hairdressing

Present your alumni benefit card at the VIU Hairdressing Salon and receive a 20% discount on all Salon Services and 20% discount on all salon products sold through the hairdressing department (excluding any already marked down products). Discount pricing is available for alumni with an active alumni benefit card.

VIU Residences

VIU Residence is offering a special VIU discount for short-term summer accommodation (excluding suite and apartment rates) at the VIU Residence Village for individuals from mid-May to mid-August. The discount rate is $50/night (plus tax) per person in a single room or $35/night per person in a double room. Alumni must mention alumni status at time of booking and present alumni benefit card at time of check-in. This is a great opportunity if you have family visiting or organizing a conference/event. Check VIU Residences for details. Phone 250-740-6640.

VIU (Malaspina) Theatre

Present your alumni benefit card to receive student discount rates at box office for VIU Theatre productions only where a student discount rate applies.

Additional On-Campus Services

There are a number of quality services VIU offers through its Trades & Applied Technology programs at a low rate. All alumni can take advantage of these services and are not required to provide an active alumni benefit card.

Discovery Dining Room

The Discovery Dining Room offers a complimentary dessert with the purchase of a dinner entree. Located on the Nanaimo campus, the Discovery Room is VIU's hidden jewel, a five-star lunch and dinner service, featuring elegant dining, fine wines and panoramic views. Dinner menu changes each week. Please phone 250-740-6338 for reservations.

VIU Automotive Shop

The VIU Automotive Shop offers quality work at an excellent price. All services are performed by students in training under the supervision of highly experienced Automotive Technicians who value hands-on, in-the-shop training methods whenever possible. Automotive Shop charges parts at cost and labour at a reduced rate of $35 per hour (compared to $90-120 per hour). Services available include regular maintenance, coolant flushes, transmission flushes, brake inspections and work, steering/suspension work, clutches, tune-ups, and much more. Services are limited to curriculum currently being taught throughout the semesters. Available services will be mentioned on our Facebook and Twitter social media. For inquiries or to book an appointment, call 250-740-6453 or email All Automotive Shop customers must read and sign the Customer Service Agreement.

VIU Professional Baking

The VIU Professional Baking program offers custom cakes baked and prepared by students. You can order custom cakes by filling out the Cake Order form and sending it to the designated person listed on the form.

VIU Spa Institute

VIU Spa Institute is a teaching school located in Parksville and is part of VIU. The Spa Institute offers quality esthetic and nail services at an excellent price. All services are performed by students in training under the supervision of certified licenses Esthetics and Nail Technology Instructors and only professional products are used. Special discounts are offered periodically. These discounts will be mentioned on our Facebook and Twitter social media.


Please contact the Advancement & Alumni Relations Office, at or call 250-740-6215.

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Do you have a business and would like to offer a discount to alumni? Please contact the Advancement & Alumni Relations Office, at or call 250-740-6215.

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