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Office of Student and Community Relations
  May 2010                      Off-Campus Life

In This Issue:

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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True Life: I Live Off-Campus

Upcoming Events:


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

Career Services Spring Workshops

Resume Workshops: Every Monday, 4-5pm, L/L E166

Internship Clinic:
Tues., April 20, 4-5pm, L/L E166

Job Search Clinic: Tues., April 27, 4-5pm, L/L E166

Green Up Day!
Saturday, May 1st (rain or shine) with registration starting at 9 AM and cleaning until Noon. Register at one of the 5 registration HUBS:
UVM Green, Miller Center, Barnes Elementary, DPW on Pine St., or City Hall Park to pick up bags and gloves. A celebration will take place at City Hall Park (Contois as rain site) at Noon with food, music, and a sustainability fair.


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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Moving Out? Or Moving In?
Come to the Spring Move Out Project Community Recycling Event!

Join us for the Spring Move Out Project (SMOP) on Friday May 28th from 11am-3pm on Loomis Street (between School and No. WillardSMOP Streets).
If you are moving out of your off-campus  apartment SMOP  is an opportunity for you to bring unwanted household items that are in good condition (books, clothes, furniture, appliance, bikes, etc) to a central location where they can be donated to other community members, off-campus students, and local non-profits for reuse. NOTE: We do not accept trash at the SMOP event. SMOP is also a great opportunity for people moving in to a new place to take away household items free of charge! 

If you can't make it to SMOP 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 info: email or call (802) 656-9405. Volunteers are needed to make the SMOP event possible. If you are interested please let us know!

Tips for Getting Your Security Deposit Back

moneyIf you are moving out of your off-campus apartment here are some tips for 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.


Need a UVM
 Subletter or Sublet?

Connect With Each Other For FREE!!

Go to, click on the "register here" link, and create a username and password (not your UVM Net ID/password). Once you have an account you will then be able to post free sublet ads and have access the site's rental and for sale databases, message boards, and off-campus living resources. If you create a new Student Account by 4/30 and get entered into a drawing for a free Apple iPad!!

NOTE: Before you sublet always get permission from your landlord. If you don't you may be in violation of your lease agreement. You can also fill out a written Sublease Agreement with your subletter and take a security deposit which can be held in case of damage to the apartment (note this must be returned within 14 days of move out with a itemized list of any deductions held due to damages). When subletting 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 lease obligations and city ordinances regarding noise, alcohol, trash, parking, etc. A problematic subletter can damage neighbor relationships and make your efforts to be a good neighbor more difficult.

Have a Heart

Have a Heart This Spring

Spring is a great time to reintroduce yourself to your neighbors and to get more involved in your community (anyone up for a neighborhood clean up? Check out  Upcoming Events for info about the city's Green Up Day this Saturday 5/1). Spring is also an important time to remember that neighbors are only a wall away. If you decide to host a social gathering or if you and your friends are out late at night walking through Burlington neighborhoods please join the UVM Have a Heart Campaign and help reduce late-night noise and disruption in our community.

OSCR will be out with SGA and Greek volunteers on Thursday 4/29 doing our Spring Have a Heart Campaign campus to raise awareness about the impact of late night noise and disruption on other students, families, seniors, professionals, businesses, etc. We also wanted to give everyone the heads up about the ongoing Quality-of-Life Initiative implemented by the Burlington Police Department and UVM Police Services. Each Spring officers are assigned to joint noise patrols which target noise, alcohol, and other late night municipal offenses. To avoid getting a hefty ticket at the end of the semester make sure that you know what your rights and responsibilities are as a tenant and citizen of Burlington.

To find out more about local city ordinances please visit Chapter 3 the Off Campus Living Survival Guide or email with any questions.

There is Still Time to Be Counted!

censushandsCensus 2010 is here and your participation is needed! Students make up 1/4 of Burlington's population and the information the census collects helps to determine how more than $400 billion dollars of federal funding each year is spent on infrastructure and services.

If your 2010 Census form has been lost, damaged, or was never received in the mail, please contact the Telephone Questionnaire Assistance center at 1-866-872-6868 to request one. You will not need the ID # or Barcode Information after April 12. You can also visit the "Be Counted" area of the Census website to locate a Questionnaire Assistance Center in your community where you can pick up a form.

Here is the web site address:
Thank you for your efforts to be counted!

New Student Parks Pass!

Save on the daily parking fee of $5 at North Beach, Oakledge Park, Leddy Park, and Perkins Pier by buying a summer season–long pass for just $25! This is a new discounted rate just for college students to encourage more use of the parks (regular rates $40 Burl. Residents and $60 for North Beachnon-residents). Burlington Parks & Recreation Department Season Park Pass allows unlimited parking admission to all Burlington Parks except for Waterfront Park. If you attend school in Burlington and stay for the summer you are eligible for this discounted parking pass. All you need to show is your valid school ID and a proof of Burlington residency, such as your auto registration, a utility bill, lease agreement, or other piece of processed mail.

Call the Burlington Parks & Recreation Department at 802-865-7247 for more details, or stop by the offices at 645 Pine Street to purchase the pass. Passes may also be purchased on site at the parking gates.

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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