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Office of Student and Community Relations

December 2010

Off-Campus Life

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About Us:

The Pearl House

The Office of Student and Community Relations (OSCR) provides resources, education, and support to UVM students so that they have successful experiences moving and living off campus. We also 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:


Academic Support Program's Stress Reliever
Come to the L/L Fireplace for Yoga, Meditation, Coloring, Massages, Tea, Food, Relaxation Music, Therapy Dogs, and more! Thurs. 12/9 at 4-6:30pm.

Winter Farmer's Market

The market will be held in Memorial Auditorium (corner of Main and S. Union). from 10am-2pm two Saturdays a month all winter! To see the full schedule click here.

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


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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Winter Break Tips

winter parkWe wish you well as you begin to wrap up the fall semester. As you look ahead to the long Winter Break please keep these tips in mind if you plan to leave town for an extended period of time:

  • Keep thermostat above 55 degrees in your apartment to avoid frozen pipes.

  • Make sure all windows and doors are locked and close your curtains and blinds.

  • Do not hide spare keys in places outside.

  • Arrange for a friend, neighbor whom you trust, or the landlord to watch over your house while you are away.

  • Take anything of value home with you. Don’t leave any valuable items near windows.

  • Stop mail and paper delivery ( or arrange for a neighbor to pick it up daily.

Burlington Town Center Merrier Fridays

Friday afternoons and evenings in December leading up to 12/24 are about surprising and delighting Burlington Town Center shoppers! Ambassadors will move through the mall with random perks andchurch street surprises, while sharing all of the great offers available at that time from its retailers! Shoppers are eligible for a FREE, $10 gift card with a purchase of $100 or more while supplies last by bringing receipts from the day totaling $100 or more to the Redemption Zone on the lower level by Macy’s. The Redemption Zone will be open from 4:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. This event will happen every Friday through Dec. 17.

New Online Crime Reporting BPD patch

Online Crime Reporting is now available for citizens to report low-level events to the Burlington Police Department. Online reports may be submitted directly by members of the public for the following types of Incidents:

  • Lost property

  • Graffiti/Unlawful Mischief

  • Harassing Phone Calls (unknown suspect only)

  • Late Reported Car Accidents (including those in which a vehicle fled the scene and there is no suspect vehicle)

  • Theft/Petit Larceny

  • Vandalism/Unlawful Mischief

  • Identity Theft

Only reports of events that are NOT in progress, occurred in Burlington, do not have suspects, do not have physical evidence, do not have witnesses to be interviewed, and do not have other follow-up or investigative opportunities will be taken online. The system provides direct guidance on the reporting parameters as reports are made.

Once a report is submitted, members of the Records Unit can communicate directly with the reporting person for more information as necessary. For more information visit

Track Energy Usage with Appliance Meter from BED

There may be some appliances in your home that use a lot more electricity than you realize. If you would like to find out what they are using you may borrow aBED logo Watts Up meter from BED for up to two weeks. The Watts Up meter will measure the amount of electricity different devices in your home use. You will then know what is having the biggest impact on your electric bill.

Remember that you can also access up to 36 months of past electricity usage by visiting the BED website.  Be sure to have a copy of your latest monthly electric bill available for account information.

Please feel free to contact John Lincoln at 802-865-7362 or to arrange a meter pick-up or to get information on energy efficiency tips for your home.

Stay Warm ~ Ride the Bus for Free

UVM students, faculty, and staff ride the CCTA city buses for free courtesy of UVM! Just swipe your UVM ID and enjoy a comfortable heated trip up the hill to campus.

The City Loop bus is a popular choice for students and picks up passengers at the corner of No. Union/Northridethebus St., No. Union/No. Winooski Ave.,  and North Willard/Archibald Street. The City Loop drops off at Waterman as well as near Redstone Campus. If you are coming from Winooski try picking up the Essex Junction Bus at the Champlain Mill. There is also the College Street Shuttle which is a great way to get from campus to downtown or vice versa.  You can even take your bike on all city buses if you need a more direct route home!

For more information on bus routes and schedules please visit the CCTA website.

TV and Electronics Disposal Options

Here is information on where you can dispose of an old TV as cheaply as possible: Depending on the brand, there are several free and low-cost options. For example, CSWD accepts all Sony TVs from residents of Chittenden County free of charge at all of its Drop-Off Centers. That's because Sony is among a handful of manufacturers that have launched take-back programs where they subsidize the cost of recycling their own products. That's called Product Stewardship. It's also an example of being a good corporate citizen.

You can find information on where you can bring electronics of any kind here, as well as what fee, if any, is involved. At the bottom of the page you'll find a list of other free and fee-based collection programs for a variety of electronic products.

Beginning January 1, 2011, it will be illegal to dispose of a wide range of electronics in the landfill. Click here  for a list of banned items and a timeline for the State of Vermont to implement free collection points for them.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the CSWD Hotline at 872-8111.

Share the Joy of Reading!
20th Annual Book Gift Campaign for Kids

The Fletcher Free Library invites community members to participate in the 20th Annual “Books for Children Gift Campaign,” which provides Burlington preschoolers readingwith new, quality books during the holiday season.  Choose from our list or make your own selections, then purchase books at participating bookstores for a discount - Borders, Crow or Hopkins.  Books are distributed through the Sara Holbrook Center, the King Street Youth Center, the VNA Family Room, the COTS Family Shelter, and Head Start of Chittenden County. For more info: Rebecca Goldberg at 865-7216, l


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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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