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Settling into Life in Burlington, Vermont

Moving to a new country is a tough process for everyone. We want to make your transition as easy as possible and we have created this page to answer questions you may have, help you find important local services, and familiarize yourself with Burlington. For further information or help with any of these processes, visit the Office of International Education.

Social Security Numbers

UVM-affiliated international students, scholars, research personnel, faculty and staff must obtain a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN) by completing an application at the local Burlington Social Security Office. Learn more...

U.S. Taxes

International students and scholars must file forms each year with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Learn more...

Getting a U.S. Driver's License

International students may be eligible for a U.S. Driver's License. Learn more...

Living in Burlington, Vermont

This webpage will provide information about housing in Burlington for current and new students. Learn more...

Summer Storage

If you need to store your items during the summer, this page will give you more information. Learn more...

Getting Around

Burlington has a wonderful public transportation system and you can ride for free with your UVM CatCard. More information can be found on the Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) website. A bicycle is also a great way to travel in town when weather conditions are good. Plenty of affordable used bikes can be found at the Old Spokes Home. A number of taxi services are also available.

Cultural Adjustment

Culture shock is neither mysterious nor complicated. It generally occurs when the familiar signs and symbols of one's own culture disappear and are replaced by those of a new and unfamiliar culture. Learn more...

Surviving a Vermont Winter

Keeping warm in winter can be a challenge but the key is to wear several layers of lightweight warm clothing. Winter in Vermont can be a beautiful time if we take care of ourselves. Learn more...


Burlington has a great variety of places to shop downtown at the Church Street Marketplace. More outlet shops and department stores can be reached with a quick trip to one of the shopping centers in the surrounding area.

Restaurants and nightlife

There are some great restaurants in the Burlington area. Downtown also has a vibrant and diverse art and music scene. Check out Seven Days, a free local newspaper, and learn all about it.


The University of Vermont has several places of worship available to its students and the surrounding community. Learn more.

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