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Office of Student and Community Relations

April 2009

Off-Campus Life

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About Us:

The Pearl House

The Office of Student and Community Relations (OSCR) provides resources and education to UVM students so that they have successful experiences living off campus. We work with students, neighbors, and city partners on creative initiatives to improve the quality-of-life in our shared community.

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Upcoming Events:


Community Works
Neighborhood Clean Up

On this Fri. April 17th UVM students and neighborhood volunteers team up to help pick up trash and clean up our neighborhoods. Students meet at CC Theater/Billings at 1pm (free food!) and will walk down to Pomeroy Park to meet up with neighbors at 1:45pm. Register your team here.

SGA Community Coalition

Join UVM students, community members, city and university staff as we share ideas and create programs designed to build community between the university’s students and city residents. Fri., April 24th 2-4pm at the Pearl House, 12 Colchester Ave.


Check out the on & off campus events that are happening this month!

To get connected:

  • text BORED to 39649 for this week's featured event. (yup, standard rates apply.)

  • have a cool event you want on the bored calendar?


Helpful Resources:


For a more extensive list of resources, please go to page 24 of the Off Campus Living Survival Guide.

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Celebrate Earth Week!

OSCR is partnering with Student Life Campus Programs and local community organizations to bring you three exciting Catamount Classes! Bike Recycle VT

1. Dr. Your Bike - with Bike Recycle VT. Monday April 20th 11am-2pm on the sidewalk between Bailey Howe and the Davis Center. Bring your bike to campus and get it ready for Spring riding! Free bike lights for the first 50 to sign up. RSVP for one of the 1/2 hr sessions:

  • 11-11:30 -Spring Cleaning & Basic Bike Maintenance

  • 11:35-12:05 Patch a Flat

  • 12:10- 12:40 Brake and Shifting and General Bike Q&A

  • 12:45-1:15 Spring Cleaning and Basic Bike Maintenance

  • 1:20- 1:50 Patch a Flat

2. Eco-Art - Wednesday April 22nd 6-8pm at the Pearl House 12 Colchester Ave., 1st floor. Learn how to craft naturally harvested grape vine into fun & decorative art pieces! Assoc of VT Recyclers

3. Green Your Cleaning - with the Association of VT Recyclers. Thursday April 23rd 6-7pm Chittenden Bank Room Davis Center. Learn how to make natural home cleaning products that are safe for you and the environment.

To RSVP for any of the above classes please email or call 802 656-9405.

Tips for Getting Your Security Deposit Back

moneyIf you are moving out of your apartment here are some tips for getting your security deposit back and making the transition go as smoothly as possible:

  • When you move out, make sure to clean the place thoroughly. Clean the oven, refrigerator, bathroom, windows, floors, etc. If you do not do this, the landlord may deduct money from your security deposit. The key is to make sure the apartment/house is in as good, if not better, condition as when you first moved in.

  • Remove all personal property and dispose of garbage in bins provided. It is illegal to leave items on the greenbelt, in a front yard, in a city park, in the street, or on the sidewalk. Anyone leaving trash in an improper location can be fined up to $500.

  • Contact ALL the utility companies to terminate your services.

  •  Remove your name(s) from the mailbox, and have your mail held at the post office until they receive your new address. The post office will forward all your mail when they receive your address on a change of address form.

  •  Make arrangements to have your landlord examine the apartment/house to get approval before you move out. You may save money from your security deposit if minor problems are found you can repair yourself. If you filled out a Move-In Check List with your landlord pull out that document and fill out the Move-Out Check List portion. This will help ensure that you document the condition of your unit as it was on the last day of your lease term.

  •  Return your keys to the landlord.

  • Give the landlord your forwarding address so that your security deposit (and a list of itemized deductions from the deposit if there are any) can be returned to you within 14 days from the time you have vacated the apartment. If you do not see your security deposit within 14 days you can call VT Tenant's Inc. (802) 864-0099 for more information on your rights. They also have Security Deposit Return form letters available.

Moving Out? Or Moving In?Come to the Spring Move Out Project (SMOP) Recycling Event!

Join us for SMOP on Friday May 29th from 11am-3:30pm on Loomis Street (between Schoot St. and No. WillardSMOP St.).This event is an opportunity for people who are moving out to bring their unwanted usable household items (books, clothes, furniture, appliance, bikes, etc) to a place where it can be swapped or recycled. SMOP is also an opportunity for people moving in to a new place  to take away great stuff free of charge! 

Please note:
Garbage disposal is still the responsibility of tenants and we do not accept trash at the SMOP event. Also check out the "Guide to Moving in Burlington" brochure which has more tips on what to do with all the stuff you don't want when you are on the move!

For more information email

Keep the Stuffed Stuff Indoors & Grill Safe!

Did you know that putting indoor furniture, like stuffed couches and chairs, on your outside porch is a fire hazard? Not to mention, it's illegal in Burlington (up to $500 fine!). There were two devastating fires, one in No Couches Outside2007 on Archibald St. and one in 2008 on No. Union St., because of porch couches catching on fire due to a misplaced cigarette flicked by a passerby. Both fires destroyed everything in sight and no one in either building had renters insurance to cover their losses. Don't let this happen to you!

Also note that Burlington City Ordinance prohibits the use of grills and BBQ's on porches because they are also a huge fire hazard. If your lease allows you to have grill make sure they are kept at least 15 ft away from any residence or structure.

For more info on fire safety go to page 20 of the Off Campus Living Survival Guide. Also check out Recycle North to find cheap plastic furniture that is safe and legal for outdoor porches.


Need a Subletter?
Need a Sublet?

Connect With Each Other For FREE!!

Here are the Steps:

1. Go to, click on the "register here" link, and create a username and password (not your UVM Net ID/password).

2. If you want to post a FREE sublet Ad make sure to check the "Would you like to post a sublease Ad for $0?" box on the registration page

3. To post your Ad Click the "add/edit listings" option on the top bar fill in your info and post it.

4. Before you sublet get permission from your landlord! If you don't you may be in violation of your lease agreement. It is also a good idea to fill out a written Sublease Agreement with your subletter and to take a security deposit which can be held in case of damage to the apartment. You should carefully consider if and to whom you choose to sublease. A problematic subletter can damage neighbor relationships and make your efforts to be a good neighbor more difficult. Also note that when subleasing, you are still responsible to your landlord for the original lease and you also can be held responsible for any problems created by the new tenant. Make sure to inform your subletter about city ordinances regarding noise, alcohol, trash, parking, etc.

Questions? Contact OSCR! or call 656-9405

For Additional Off-Campus Info:


UVM Service Network Partners

Community Service Programs
Career Services

Office of Student and Community Relations

The Pearl House
12 Colchester Ave, 1st floor (map)
Burlington, VT 05405

Please call or email to make an appointment
Gail Shampnois: Director OSCR,, (802) 656-1103
Alicia Taylor: Coord. Off-Campus Services,, (802) 656-9405



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