June Orientation Traveling to UVM
What to Bring
We suggest students attending Orientation bring a pen, note pad, an alarm clock, and possibly a fan - the Harris/Millis Complex where you will stay is not air-conditioned. No need to bring sheets - linens are provided for you (see housing below).
Weather in Vermont is unpredictable; we encourage you to pack for all possibilities. We will be participating in events indoors and outdoors, so we recommend packing an umbrella and comfortableattire for traveling on campus.
Come with an opened mind! Be prepared to ask questions, meet UVM students, staff, and faculty; and learn lots of important information about the University.
Students are required to stay on campus for the duration of the program. You will share a room with another new student in the Harris/Millis Complex on Athletic Campus. Linens, including blankets, sheets, pillows, and towels are provided. Alcohol, drugs, and smoking are not permitted in the residence halls at any time. The acceptance fee you've already paid to the Admissions Office covers your student housing accomodations, meals, and other activities for the program.
Gender Identity: UVM accommodates all gender identity expressions. Feel free too let us know what room assignment makes you feel most comfortable.
Parents and family members attending the Family Orientation program have the option of choosing on-campus housing during their Orientation visit. To learn more about these accommodations please view our Family Orientation page.
Families who prefer to stay off-campus during visit are more than welcome to do so, there are many lodging options available in the surrounding area. UVM's Admissions office maintains a short lists of popular lodging options close to our campus located here. As a popular tourist destination, Burlington (and the surrounding area) have a number of fine resorts, inns, and hotels to choose from. If you'd like to explore options within the area outside the scope of campus, please visit the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce website or call (802) 863-3489.
When driving from the north or south on Interstate 89, take exit 14W. Proceed 1/2 mile west to the UVM campus. Take the first right after the entrance to the Sheraton Hotel and then veer immediately left, around the 'jug handle' toward Spear Street. The Harris/Millis Residential Complex is one block south on Spear Street (exit from right lane).
When driving from the south on U.S. Route 7, enter Burlington on Route 7. Turn right onto Route 2 (Main Street). Proceed on Main Street through four stoplights. At the fifth stoplight (the intersection of Main Street and Spear Street/East Avenue), turn right onto Spear Street. Take the first right into the Harris/Millis Residential Complex.
Parking for Orientation
Parking is provided free of charge in front of the Harris/Millis residence hall and in the adjacent Gutterson garage.
Six airlines service the Burlington International Airport:
- Delta Airlines 1-800-221-1212
- JetBlue 1-800-538-2583
- United Airlines 1-800-241-6522
- US Airways 1-800-428-4322
- Porter 1-888-619-8622
Taxis are readily available at the airport. The fare from the airport to UVM is approximately $15.
The two major bus lines service the Burlington area:
Greyhound (1-800-231-2222) has drop-off points a both at the Burlington International Airport and at UVM directly in front of the Royall Tyler Theater. Please note that not all Greyhound routes have a drop off at UVM - when checking the available schedules, stops at UVM are designated "Burlington UVM, VT", all other Burlington stops for Greyhound are at the Burlington International Airport.
Megabus (1-877-462-6342) is also another popular service that commutes frequently to Burlington from Amherst and Boston in Massachusetts, Saratoga Springs and New York City in New York, and Hartford Connecticut. The drop-off / pick-up spot for Megabus is also currently located in front of Royall Tyler Theater.
The Essex Junction train station, approximately 8 miles from campus, is served by Amtrak, which connects major cities across the U.S. For schedule and reservation information, please see the Amtrak website or call 1-800-872-7245.
Public Transportation (City Bus)
The Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) is the local network of bus routes that extends throughout many cities and towns in Chittenden County and beyond, and includes frequent stops from early morning until late evening. The CCTA is how many students without a vehicle will get around once they arrive on campus - in part because admission is FREE with your CATcard (Your College ID which you'll recieve at Orientation). CCTA busses also run to Montpelier and surrounding areas.
If you're confused by the CCTA Route map - we recommend using Google Transit to help decipher the appropriate bus routes, times, and transfers you'll need to catch to get where you'd like to go.