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Office of Student and Community Relations
  November 2009                        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:


Community Potluck!
Join us for a potluck dinner and learn about the Student-Neighbor Liaison Program and how you can access Neighborhood Grants to do fun projects on your street. Mon., 11/9, 6pm at the Pearl House, 12 Colchester Ave.RSVP here.

Catamount Class Series:
Cooking Demo & Ask the Chef
Fri. 11/20 6-8pm, Livak Ballroom, Davis Center. Free food! RSVP here.

UVM Veteran's Day Celebration

SGA will be hosting a Veteran's Day Celebration on Wed. 11/11 from 9-11am in Waterman Memorial Lounge. The event is open to all.

Winter Farmer's Market

The market will be held in Memorial Auditorium (corner of Main and S. Union). from 10am-2pm the third Saturday of each month all winter! (Nov. - April.) First winter market Sat. 11/21, 10am-2pm.

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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Save Some $$$ This Winter!

  • Heating: You can save 5% of your annual heating costs for every 5 degrees you set your thermostat back (make sure to always keep heat above 55 degrees to avoid frozenenergy water pipes!). Turn heat down during the day when you are out of the house and at night while you are sleeping. A lot of heat escapes through leaks. Ask your landlord if you can weatherstrip doors and windows. Installing plastic sheets on widows can improve insulation noticeably. Do-it-Yourself Kits that cover up to 6 windows are available for $12-16 in most hardware stores.

  • Lighting: Turn off all unnecessary lights. Avoid using stringed holiday lights due to their high energy usage. 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! 

  • Cooking: Use a microwave or toaster 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!).

  • Appliances/Electronics: Many things consume electricity even while they are “off” - TV's, computers, phone chargers, etc.  Save energy and money by unplugging these devices while they are not in use (putting them on shared power strips/surge protectors makes this a lot easier to do!).

  • 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.

For more info on energy efficiency and weatherization contact Efficiency VT, VT Gas, or Burlington Electric.

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/North St., No. Union/No. Winooski Ave.,  and North Willard/Arcihbald Street. The City Loop drops off at Waterman as well as nearridethebus 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.

Community Voices
By Jenny Davis - Community Development Specialist
City of Burlington

I lived in Burlington for almost five years before I really started
to pay attention to how much happens in this vibrant town of ours. And once I started to pay attention, I slowly began to take advantage of all that goes on here and actually get involved in the community. I then began to feel more integrated and a part of something bigger than my own little world. And, let me tell you, that is a good feeling. Getting involved in the broader community is educational, entertaining, engaging and rewarding. It provides perspectives that you would otherwise not see or hear and brings you closer to where your neighbors are in all kinds of ways. It also keeps life zesty.

studentstalkingCollege students are an important part of our community. You are part of what helps to keep Burlington vibrant and interesting. It is my hope that you never find yourselves bored and disengaged and, to help prevent this from happening to you, let me direct you to an enewsletter that the City of Burlington issues every Thursday called "The Neighborhood BUZZ.” It is packed with all kinds of things happening in Burlington. To receive it every Thursday in your inbox, just email me and let me know and I will add you to the mailing list.

I would also encourage you to drop in on any number of community meetings that happen every week, somewhere in Burlington: City Council, Planning Commission, Neighborhood Planning Assemblies, etc. Seeing how the community governs itself and how regular citizens are part of this process is pretty cool. It will also provide you with insight that could help direct you towards the best place for YOU to live as you plan your future. Burlington "in-action" is quite exciting and it sets the bar pretty high as far as places to live, work and play.

Thanks for being one of our neighbors. I hope to see you out in the community someday soon.

All the best for a successful semester! - Jenny Davis, Community Development Specialist, City of Burlington, 865-7172,


Don't Get Towed

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. Vehicles towed or found in violation of the snow ban or street maintenance ban will be ticketed ($95.00 fine).

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

Protect Your Property While Out of Town

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

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

  • 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.


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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