The nation's smallest big city
Burlington is one of America's liveliest small cities (population: 40,000), and it charms with its proximity to Vermont's idyllic countryside. As the state's educational, medical, financial and cultural epicenter, Burlington is Vermont's prized city. The state's "human scale" is often cited as offering UVM students unique opportunities to get involved and gain essential experience.
This comfortable but cosmopolitan city is known as a top college town and revered for its arts, healthy lifestyle, outdoor options and safety by sources ranging from The Princeton Review and The New York Times (Read "36 Hours in Burlington, Vt." on nytimes.com) to Outside and Travel + Leisure magazines. Students often say that when it comes to Burlington, it was love at first sight. Learn more about visiting us.
What's within walking distance or a short bike ride of UVM's campus?
- 1 of the most beautiful lakes in the world — the sixth largest freshwater lake in the U.S.
- 9 theatre and concert venues attracting national acts like Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Feist, k.d. lang and Guster; Broadway national tours like STOMP, Sweeney Todd, Movin' Out; and dance greats like Mikhail Baryshnikov and Les Balley Africains.
- 40 art galleries and venues
- 13 coffee shops
- 8 night clubs
- 100+ restaurants and bistros (not including all of the fine ones on campus)
- 11 different types of international cuisine (Thai, Brazilian, Indian, Japanese, German, Vietnamese to name a few)
- 2 shopping malls
- 1 of the oldest minor league baseball parks still in use in the country (Centennial Field, home of the Vermont Lake Monsters)
- 1 house museum belonging to a Revolutionary War hero (Ethan Allen)
- 1 of America's finest downtown marketplaces
- 14 parks
- 1 lakeside skate park
- 3 sand beaches
- 1 community sailing center offering sailboat rentals
- 100 national retail stores (Macy's, Urban Outfitters, City Sports, Abercrombie & Fitch, J.Crew, etc.)
- 17 religions represented by their houses of worship (including a mosque, several synagogues, Friends (Quaker) meeting house, church of Christ Scientist, Buddhist center, Catholic church, and others)
- 354 acres of agricultural and wild land located in Burlington's Intervale along the banks of the Winooski River
- 12-mile pedestrian path along Lake Champlain
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