Settling in to Life in Burlington, VT

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.

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...

Social Security Card

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

Getting Around

Burlington has a wonderful public transportation system and you can ride for free with you UVM CatCard! More info 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 cheap used bikes can be found at the Old Spokes Home. A number of taxi services are also available.


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 music scene. Check out Seven Days, our 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.