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Office of Student and Community Relations
  December 2011                  Off-Campus Life

In This Issue:

About Us:

The Pearl House

We know there is much to navigate living off campus and the Office of Student & Community Relations (OSCR) created this newsletter to provide information, helpful tips, and to let you know about upcoming opportunities. Feel free to contact us with ideas for future Off-Campus Life editions! Alicia Taylor (656-9405)

Tip of the Month:

farmers market

Don't miss out on the Winter Farmers Markets held every other week from November - April in Memorial Auditorium on the corner of So. Union and Main Street. Fresh local produce, delicious food, gifts, and more! Click here for upcoming dates and times.

Upcoming Events:


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

Helpful Resources:


For additional resources,
go to page 28 of the
Off Campus Living Survival Guide


We wish you all the best as you wrap up the fall semester!
Just a reminder that if you are leaving Burlington for an extended period of time throughout December and January
, please remember to:

  • Keep your heat above 55 degrees to avoid frozen pipes and,

  • Lock all doors and windows and take any valuables home to prevent theft.

Take care and we hope you all enjoy a fun & restful Winter Break!
  ~ OSCR Staff

Art Contest

is there an artist
in you?

If so, bring out that artistic
and share with us what you like about downtown Burlington!

There are 4 ways to participate:

1. Take a photo...of your favorite building, park, space in the downtown and/or waterfront.

2. Draw or Paint...a picture...of your vision for a future downtown and/or waterfront.

3. Make a Video...of your favorite activity to do downtown.

4. Write an Essay...about your favorite building, park, space in downtown or describing your vision for the downtown/waterfront.

Entries due by Dec. 30th, 2011. For full contest rules and/or to submit your entry click here.

Need a Study Break?
Free Food for Your Thoughts!!

ResLife is conducting a Housing Master Plan process and needs off-campus student input. Take a break from studying and head over to the Pearl House (12 Colchester Ave., 1st floor) for free food and to share your thoughts!

When: Tues. 12/13 from 5-6pm
Where: The Pearl House, 12 Colchester Ave., 1st floor
To RSVP: email

Meet the Burlington Mayoral Candidates!

NPAAt their Dec. 8th meeting the Ward 2/3 Neighborhood Planning Assembly will host a forum between Miro Weinberger and Tim Ashe, the two democratic Mayoral candidates. The forum will happen from 7:45-8:30pm at the McClure Multigeneration Center at 241 No. Winooski Ave.  The general NPA meeting begins at 6:30pm and there is a free community dinner  from 5:30-6:20pm. All are welcome and encouraged to attend! The complete NPA meeting agenda can be found here.

Click the picture below for a free printable coupon!


Want to Save Money on Food? Here's a Tip!

Living off campus brings all sorts of new experiences. For many students not only is the move off campus the first time they have to deal with bills, neighbors and when the next recycling day is, it's also the first time they have been on their own for planning, shopping for, and cooking their meals.Cooking and cleaning is a hassle but the convenience of eating out or ordering food for delivery gets expensive quickly! Some student cook something that they will be able to enjoy for several days , like a large pot of stew. While this can be cost effective, eating the same thing for 4 days gets pretty old. That's where we come in!

With 15 dining locations and daily specials all over campus, variety won't be a problem! Did you know that when you are on campus spending cash or credit on food you're spending more that you need to? When you spend meal points on campus not only can you benefit from not having to pay tax at the register, you also get a sweet deal when you buy the points. For example, if you spend $100 dollars we'll give you a 10% bonus and add 110 points to your card. If you spend $250 we'll give you a 20% bonus and add 300 points. On top of that, this month we've included a coupon that give you and extra 5 points when you add as little as $50. Spend $100 and you'll get 115 points. The best part? These points don't expire until you use them!

Call the Meal Plan Office today and save some serious cash! 802.656.2945

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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