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Office of Student and Community Relations
  October 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:


As the temperature drops this fall there are some proactive steps you can take as a renter to button up your off-campus apartment. Join the class below to learn more!

Weatherize Your Off-Campus Home w/ BED and VT Gas

Learn strategies for how to reduce gas and electricity usage and save $$$ this winter. Free energy saving giveaways! Thurs. 10/27 6-7pm at the Pearl House, 12 Colchester Ave., 1st floor. RSVP here.

Upcoming Events:


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

SGA Community Coalition
Join UVM students, community members, city and university staff as we share ideas and create programs designed to build community between the university’s students and city residents. Fri., 9/7  2-4pm at the Pearl House, 12 Colchester Ave., 1st flr.

Healing Touch Class
Come Learn about Healing Touch,  a relaxing, nurturing energy therapy.  Gentle touch assists in balancing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Wed. 10/12 6-7:30pm at the Pearl House, 12 Colchester Ave., 1st flr.
RSVP here

Community Potluck!
Join other UVM students and Burlington community members for a potluck dinner on Mon. 10/17 at 6pm to learn about the Student-Neighbor Liaison Program and how you can access Neighborhood Grants to do fun projects on your street! The Pearl House, 12 Colchester Ave., 1st flr. For more info.

VT Tech Jam
Vermont’s annual “tech jam" showcases the local creative, tech, green and bioscience companies that are growing the Green Mountain economy. It's a career fair and tech expo like no other! Fri. 10/28 10am-5pm & Sat. 10/29 10am-3pm at 29 Church Street. For More Info.

The Translating Identity Conference is a free conference that explores a wide array of topics regarding gender and transgender identities, expressions, communities, and intersections. Sat. 10/22, in the Davis Center. For More Info.

Save the Date: Irene Relief Kickball Tournament
Sat. 10/29 at 11am.
This is a great opportunity for your club or group to make an impact in the VT Irene Recovery efforts.Teams of at least 10 people will be asked to fundraise at least $1,000 (just $100 per person).
Registration will begin soon, and slots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.
For More Info.

Halloween Neighborhood Clean Up

Join us on Sunday 10/30 11am-1pm for a neighborhood clean up.  Breakfast provided! Meet at The Pearl House, 12 Colchester Ave., 1st flr.
RSVP here

Helpful Resources:


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

Got Renter’s Insurance?

fireRenter’s insurance is fairly inexpensive (around $150 /year), and it covers belongings in case of theft or damage due to fire, flooding, etc. However, according to a UVM off-campus student survey conducted last spring 58% of students surveyed did not have renter's insurance and 20% were unsure whether they were covered. Yikes!  This means that all of those students would be left holding the bag in the event of a major loss like the one above*. And please note that your landlord’s homeowner’s insurance does NOT cover YOUR personal belongings.

Here are some steps to consider:

  • If your parents/guardians own their home, ask if you are covered under their homeowner’s insurance. Find out which of your belongings would and would not be covered in the event of a loss.

  • Check out the yellow pages for insurance providers or if you have a car, ask your car insurance company if they also provide renter’s insurance. See if they offer discounted rates for bundling the packages.

  • Check out National Student Services at to see what they offer for coverage.

Also, take a couple minutes to register your bike, laptop/computer, and other valuables with UVM Police Services so that you have some documentation of what you own in case of theft or other loss. Taking time stamped pictures or videos of your belongings is also helpful. If you have already been a victim of property crime contact the Parallel Justice Program to see how they can help.

* 144 N. Union Street May 1, 2008 - smoking materials ignited furniture on porch.


Jarrod Szydlowski, a student at the University of Vermont, organized a community trash clean-up in Burlington in the Buell/Bradley Street area.  Many volunteers from the school and the community, including groups from fraternities and sororities, joined forces to clean the streets on the 2nd of October, 2011. This is just one of the many community/student events to come.

Watch the video at

Edited by Megan Turcotte for the Office of Student and Community Relations.

Let Photography Tell Your Story!

Home is where the art is!  Join local kids in a photography project that starts with taking pictures on the street where you live and ends with an art piece that will be displayed on and off campus.  Kids and off-campus students shareBuell perspectives about what they like most about the street they share and what they would most like to change.

Join the Art of Photography L/L suite and local neighborhoods kids as we explore our street stories and share perspectives through photography!

We are looking for 5 off-campus students that enjoy working with kids and are able to attend both sessions below:

1.      Wed. 10/19 from 5:30-6:30pm
- Dinner provided!

2.      Sat. 11/5 from 12-2pm
- Lunch provided!

Participants will be given free disposable cameras to take pictures on the street where they live.

For more info & to sign up email:


We have heard from students and neighbors that fireworks have been an on-going challenge throughout the summer and into the fall semester.

Fireworks can be frightening and disruptive to unsuspecting neighbors, children, and pets. They are also very dangerous if not carefully controlled and can be a HUGE fire hazard in Burlington where we have some of the oldest wooden housing in the country. Discharging fireworks within the city limits is also illegal and can be fined up to $500.

Please help us reduce this neighborhood disruption! If you see fireworks being set off you can call the Burlington Police Department at 658-2700.

Your Voice Needed!
WARD 6 NPA Meeting
October 6th at 7PM

The next Ward 6 Neighborhood Planning Assembly meeting (a monthly meeting of community members including college students) will include the third annual panel Neighborhood Planning Assemblydiscussion on community relations with the colleges. This is the opportunity for students to have themselves heard as community members, college administrators and city officials discuss how students and non students can live harmoniously in Burlington. Students and their perspectives are often left out of this discussion but the NPA welcomes them. In fact, students who live on and off campus who attend are in fact members of the NPA. This includes Redstone campus residents. General information about Burlington's NPAs can be found here. A map showing each NPAs area can be found here.

The meeting is at the Greek Orthodox Church,  600 South Willard Street, though access to the parking lot is from Ledge Road.


Head south on St. Paul, South Union or South Willard (they all merge into Route 7) to the traffic circle.  You will see Majestic Car Rental at the corner of Ledge Road and South Willard. Go around the circle and head east (up hill) on Ledge Road. The second driveway on the left goes to the Church's parking lot.

Your Turn to Cook? Treat Your Roommates & Let Sodexo Do the Work!


Did you know that there are great dining deals for off-campus students? $250 gets you 300 meal points. That’s serious savings and a lot of Davis Center Marketplace Falafel and New World Tortillas! Use the Waterman Manor coupon to treat a friend to lunch and enjoy the Manor’s all-new menu featuring local ingredients from all over the state. Use the Unlimited dining coupon to treat a friend to an all-you-care-to-eat meal at any of our 3 Unlimited dining halls. You can even use it to try the new Food On Demand digital ordering system at Redstone Unlimited.

So whether it’s great deals you seek or time you’d like to save, call the Meal Plan Office today and ask about dining plans for off-campus students! 802.656.2945

 Halloween Bike Ride:
Shared Streets Not Scared Streets!

Halloween Bike RideJoin hundreds of riders in a rolling Halloween costume party! The police escorted parade begins at 2pm in City Hall Park and winds through downtown and the Old North End, and ends with a Halloween party at Magianero's Cafe, 47 Maple Street. (approx. 3-5pm). This is a family friendly, all ages event open to bikers, walkers, in-liners, and skateboarders.
For More Info

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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