International Student Housing
Housing in the Burlington area is quite limited. We recommend that you begin planning where to live as soon as you know that you are coming to UVM. This webpage offers information for UVM-affiliated housing as well as searching for off-campus housing if you are not required or eligible to live on campus.
UVM On-Campus Housing for Undergraduate and Exchange Students
New first-time, first-year students and exchange students are required to live on campus. Transfer students may be able to live on campus depending on availability.
Students MUST complete a housing contract before they receive their housing assignment. Watch for an email in your UVM account from UVM Residential Life (ResLife) with more information. This email usually comes in May for students arriving in August and late in the fall semester for students arriving in January. Read more about housing options on ResLife’s website.
UVM Off-Campus Housing for Graduate Students
UVM does not have on-campus housing for graduate students. For the 2016-2017 academic year, the university will offer leases for the university-owned County Apartments. This apartment complex is about 6.5km from campus, but on a bus line. However, UVM is selling the County Apartments. Leases are not guaranteed past June 2017. If you are interested in a lease for the 2016-17 academic year, please visit UVM’s ResLife website to apply.
Before the 2016-2017 academic year, UVM also owned the Fort Ethan Allen housing complex and it was very popular with international graduate students. The Fort is now owned by Champlain Housing Trust. To apply, please visit the Champlain Housing Trust website.
Other Off-Campus Housing Options
There are many options for housing in Burlington for students not required or eligible to live in housing affiliated with the University. UVM and the OIE are not able to help you with your housing search. However, it is possible to search for housing on your own using different online resources, even if you are not in Burlington yet. We strongly recommend identifying your housing plan before arrival in Vermont. Here are some places to start.
- UVM's Office of Student & Community Relations hosts an off-campus housing database that is available to students, faculty, and staff. On this site UVM affiliates can:
- Search for off-campus housing
- Find a UVM roommate
- Find helpful off-campus living resources
- Gradnet is a listserv for graduate students. Graduate students and other members of the UVM community post everything from requests for roommates to questions about chemical enzymes. Want to join? Sign up here using your UVM email address.
- Craigslist is a popular website used to advertise apartment rentals, available rooms, furniture for sale and more. This website is open to anyone who wants to post. Scams are more common on Craigslist than they are on UVM’s off-campus housing database and Gradnet, so be careful when you respond to these ads.
- Apartment complexes close to campus fill up very quickly. UVM and the OIE do not endorse any particular apartment complexes. However, these complexes are popular with many international students.
Burlington’s apartments fill up very quickly. We recommend that you start your housing search as soon as you know that you are coming to UVM. As you look at housing options, make sure that you ask which utilities are included in the rent. Utilities can add $100 or more per month to housing costs, especially in the winter.
Please be careful when communicating with people over the internet. It is common for landlords to ask for a security deposit at the time you sign a lease. Burlington law limits the security deposit to the value of one month’s rent. Some landlords may also charge an application or administrative fee. Be careful of online scams where people ask for money but they may not actually have a room or apartment to rent.
We know that some students find the apartment rental process quite confusing. While the OIE cannot help you to select or search for apartments, our advising team is happy to discuss what kinds of questions you should consider as you make your selection. Occasionally, the OIE offers webinars on housing in Burlington. Check out our calendar to see if one will be offered soon.
Last modified May 23 2016 01:01 PM