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Office of Student and Community Relations
November 2008

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.

Upcoming Events

UVM Tenant's Fair

Thursday Dec. 4th 11am-1pm in the Davis Center 1st floor. Come meet local landlords and see what properties they have available this summer!

Student-Neighbor Liaison Program

Next meeting and potluck on Wed. Nov. 19th from 6 - 8 pm at the Pearl House, 12 Colchester Ave. Get involved!


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?


New UVM Rental Database!

One Site for:

  • Housing listings

  • Roommate finder message boards

  • FREE Sublet posting

  • Furniture buy/sell/trade message boards

  • Rental resources


Helpful Resources:


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

This Off-Campus Newsletter is distributed from a special listserv. You cannot unsubscribe from this list.



Secure Your Place While Out of Town

Burglaries and larcenies are usually crimes of opportunity. Whether you are going home during an extended university break (the upcoming Thanksgiving & Winter Break), or are just leaving town for a couple of days, the following tips are ways to increase the security of your residence:

  • Be sure there is good lighting around all doors, especially those doors not visible from the street.  Consider the use of timers for interior lights or radios that you leave on to make your home look lived in.

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

  • Lock sliding doors, and place a wooden or metal bar in the track of the doors.

  • Do not hide spare keys in places outside.

  • Arrange for a friend or 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. Take pictures and write down the serial numbers of any valuables in case they are stolen.

  • In winter, do not turn the heat completely off as you may return to find that the water pipes burst (keep at 55 degrees to avoid problems).

Help a Senior in the Community

Looking for a way to help in your community? The Champlain Valley Agency on Aging (CVAA) is seekingcvaa-logo volunteers to visit elders in Burlington and surrounding areas.  Spend an hour a week with an elder who is looking forward to having you in their life. 

CVAA is a private, non-profit United Way organization with a mission of "helping people age with independence and dignity."  Our valued volunteers provide companionship and support to people 60 and over in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle counties.  Activities may include friendly chats, grocery shopping, balancing a checkbook, organizing paperwork, transportation to medical appointments, yard work, or going on outings.  The schedule is flexible; the senior and volunteer meet at a mutually convenient time/day.  There is no minimum time commitment.  We will match you with a senior who lives near you.   You can make a difference and make a friend. For more information on this exciting volunteer opportunity, contact Casey at the CVAA at

1-800-642-5119 or You can also find more information by visiting at

Don't Get Towed this Winter!

Be aware of the local snow ban and street maintenance parking bans — Burlington maintains a warning system of yellow lights mounted on utility poles throughout the snow-bancity. These lights are activated when a snow parking ban is declared or when street maintenance, such as sweeping, will occur. When the lights are on, parking is prohibited on any street in the residential areas from 10:00PM to 7:00AM and in the downtown/Church Street Marketplace areas from 12:00 midnight to 6:00AM . This prohibition allows snow removal crews to effectively clear city streets of snow and restore them to operating efficiency. Residents are permitted to park in any city-owned parking garage from 10PM to 7AM with no charge. Please do not park on the top level of any garage in order that it, too, can be plowed. 

Vehicles found on the street will be towed to the nearest street the Public Works Department designates as a drop off point. This would be a street that has been cleared of snow. Vehicles towed or found in violation of the snow ban or street maintenance ban will be ticketed ($95.00 fine). Vehicles found with more than $49.00 in outstanding fines or previous winter tow tickets will be impounded until payment is made.

To subscribe to the Burlington Parking Ban Notification Listserv send an email to go to, or call 802-658-SNOW (802-658-7669).  

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 North Union and North Street (starting at 6:52AM) ride-the-busevery 15 minutes until 9:15AM and then every half hour until 9:15PM. The City Loop drops off at Waterman as well as near Redstone Campus. There is also the College Street Shuttle which runs every 15 minutes from 7:30AM to 6PM and then every 30 minute until 7PM. The College Street Shuttle 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.

Low Cost and No Cost Energy  Saving Solutions!

Save some CASH this winter by following the tips below…

  • Lighting: Turn off all unnecessary lights.  Avoid using stringed holiday lights due to their high energy usage.  Take advantage of day light by keeping curtains open during sunny hours of the day.  By replacing five of the most frequently used light bulbs in your home with compact florescent bulbs; you could save $60 in energy costs per year!  These bulbs last up to ten times longer than incandescent light bulbs and use two-thirds less energy.

  • Heating: Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and keep the thermostat on the lowest setting that maintains comfort.  You can save 3% of your heating costs for each degree you set energy-savingyour thermostat back (make sure to keep heat above 55 degrees to avoid frozen water pipes!). A lot of energy escapes through leaks. To prevent the loss of energy, ask your landlord if you can weatherstrip doors and windows. Installing plastic sheeting on the inside of all windows improves heat retention.  Window insulation kits are available at most hardware stores for $10-$13 dollars and can cover up to 6 windows.

  • Kitchen: Use a microwave or toaster oven instead of a conventional oven when preparing small portions.  Keep all pots covered and refrain from opening conventional oven while in use (25 degrees of heat escapes each time an oven is opened).

  • Water Use: Heating water accounts for approximately 15% of an average household Energy bill.  To save hot water, take quick showers and use washing machines and dishwashers with full loads only.  Use cold water when using a washing machine; it is equally effective at getting clothes clean.

  • Appliances/Electronics: Many appliances and electronics consume electricity while they are “off”, especially appliances with clocks and lights that remain on while the unit is not in use.  The electrical demands from such appliances are known as “phantom loads,” and they constitute an estimated 5% of domestic energy use. Save energy and money by making a conscious effort to unplug these devices while they are not in use. Utilize “sleep” settings on computers.  Make sure to turn off equipment during extended lengths of inactivity.

New Winter Farmer's Market in Burlington!

The first-ever Burlington Winter Farmers Market starts up November 22.  The market will be held from farmers-market10am-2pm in Memorial Auditorium (corner of Main and S. Union). After the kick-off Thanksgiving market, the  market will be held the third Saturday of each month all winter,  December through April (December 20, January 17, February 21, March  21, and April 18).

A great place to shop for your Thanksgiving meal and support your local farmers, the market will be offering cheeses, eggs, wine, meats, maple syrup, honey, jams, pickles, and a variety of vegetables. With a wide selection of artisan crafts, the market will also be a great place to get an early start on holiday shopping while supporting the local economy and enjoying the festivities. Live music will be featured at each market while food vendors will be serving cozy hot soup, fresh baked breads, warm tamales, savory samosas, and more.

For  more information visit or email


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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