Housing in the Burlington area is quite limited. We recommend that you begin planning where to live as soon as you know that you are coming to UVM. This webpage offers information for UVM-affiliated housing as well as searching for off-campus housing if you are not required or eligible to live on campus.
UVM On-Campus Housing for Undergraduate and Exchange Students
New first-time, first-year students and exchange students are required to live on campus. Transfer students may be able to live on campus depending on availability.
Students MUST complete a housing contract before they receive their housing assignment. Watch for an email in your UVM account from UVM Residential Life (ResLife) with more information. This email usually comes in May for students arriving in August and late in the fall semester for students arriving in January. Read more about housing options on ResLife’s website.
UVM Off-Campus Housing for Graduate Students
UVM Residence Life does not offer on-campus housing for graduate students. However, they do offer affiliate housing located in Burlington and in Colchester, VT.
The following apartment complexes are located close to campus, but tend to fill up quickly as they are also open to undergraduates and in some cases UVM faculty and staff. Click the links below to apply:
Many graduate students choose to live either at the Catamount Lane Apartments or the Ethan Allen Apartments. Both of these apartment complexes are about 6.5km from campus, but can be reached easily on the #2 bus line. It’s about a 20 minute bus ride to/from UVM to these complexes. Before 2017, UVM owned both the Ethan Allen and Catamount Lane apartments. It remains a housing option for international graduate students.
- To apply for Ethan Allen Apartments, visit the Champlain Housing Trust website, or call 802-862-6244.
- To apply for Catamount Lane Apartments, visit the Redstone properties website, or call 802-658-7400.
UVM and the OIE do not endorse any particular apartment complexes.
Other Off-Campus Housing Options
There are many options for housing in Burlington for students not required or eligible to live in housing affiliated with the University. UVM and the OIE are not able to help you with your housing search. However, it is possible to search for housing on your own using different online resources, even if you are not in Burlington yet. We strongly recommend identifying your housing plan before arrival in Vermont. Here are some places to start.
- UVM's Office of Student & Community Relations hosts an off-campus housing database that is available to students, faculty, and staff. On this site UVM affiliates can:
- Search for off-campus housing
- Find a UVM roommate
- Find helpful off-campus living resources
- Gradnet is a listserv for graduate students. Graduate students and other members of the UVM community post everything from requests for roommates to questions about chemical enzymes. Want to join? Sign up here using your UVM email address.
- Apartment complexes close to campus fill up very quickly. UVM and the OIE do not endorse any particular apartment complexes. However, these complexes are popular with many international students.
Burlington’s apartments fill up very quickly. We recommend that you start your housing search as soon as you know that you are coming to UVM. As you look at housing options, make sure that you ask which utilities are included in the rent. Utilities can add $100 or more per month to housing costs, especially in the winter.
Please be careful when communicating with people over the internet. It is common for landlords to ask for a security deposit at the time you sign a lease. Burlington law limits the security deposit to the value of one month’s rent. Some landlords may also charge an application or administrative fee. Be careful of online scams where people ask for money but they may not actually have a room or apartment to rent.
Burlington has a very high occupancy rate for its rental housing, meaning that it can be hard to find housing that is immediately available. Here are some tips to help as you start your housing search.
- The rental market in Burlington is driven by student rentals. As a result, many of the leases in Burlington are one-year leases that run May-May or August-August.
- If you sign a lease for an entire year, you are responsible for paying the entire lease unless you sublet your room, apartment or house. Subletting is taking responsibility for the remaining time on someone else's lease. Subletting requires the approval of your landlord. If you plan to sublet, check to ensure that subletting is allowed before you sign your lease.
- Rent in Vermont may feel expensive compared to other places you have lived. Students occasionally choose to live in neighboring communities such as Winooski, Colchester, and South Burlington rather than in downtown Burlington. Rent in these communities may be less expensive or you may have a nicer rental for the same price. Check out the local bus schedules to see if the rental you are considering is on the bus line.
- As you look at housing options, make sure that you ask which utilities are included in the rent. Utilities include things like electricity, gas and internet. Utilities can add $100 or more per month to housing costs, especially in the winter.
- Please be careful when communicating with people over the internet. It is common for landlords to ask for a security deposit at the time you sign a lease. Burlington law limits the security deposit to the value of one month’s rent. Some landlords may also charge an application or administrative fee. Be careful of online scams where people ask for money but they may not actually have a room or apartment to rent.
Useful Words and Phrases
As you look at housing ads, you may find words, phrases and abbreviations that are new to you. Here are some useful words and phrases for your housing search.
- Five Sisters - A section in Burlington's South End neighborhood.
- Hill Section - A neighborhood south of downtown and west of campus with many large, historic houses.
- New North End (NNE) - A neighborhood north of the Old North End. Not within walking distance of campus.
- Old North End (ONE) - A neighborhood north of downtown that is home to many of the town's international grocery stores.
- South End - The area south of downtown, with a diverse range of housing options.
- Bd - An abbreviation for "bedroom."
- Br/ba - An abbreviation for "bedrooms and bathrooms." Often written as 2br/1.5ba. A half bathroom is just a sink and toilet, without a shower or bathtub.
- Coin op laundry - Washers and dryers are available but you will need quarters (American coins worth $0.25) to use the machines.
- Condo - An apartment in a building where the apartments are owned by individual people rather than the same company.
- Duplex - A building that has two homes in it, usually side-by-side.
- Efficiency - A small apartment that does not have a separate bedroom. The bedroom and the living space are all part of one area. These are also called studio apartments.
- ISO - An abbreviation for "in search of."
- Landlord (Landlady) - The person or company who owns the apartment or house you rent.
- Lease - The agreement between a tenant and a landlord.
- Studio - Another name for an efficiency.
- Subletting - Taking responsibility for the remaining time on someone else's lease.
- Tenant - The person who rents an apartment or house (you!).
- Townhouse - A small home that shares one or more walls with other homes.
- Utilities - The extra services you need for your house or apartment, like electricity, gas and internet.
- W&D - Washer and dryer.
Resources for Roommate and Landlord Problems
Occasionally, students have problems with a roommate or landlord. UVM and Burlington have resources to help you understand your rights and responsibilities and to help you find a solution to roommate or landlord problems. UVM's Office of Student & Community Relations (OSCR) is a great place to start. Be sure to read their Off-Campus Living Guide (PDF) to understand the basics of renting in Burlington. If you have problems with your roommate(s) or landlord, OSCR can help you start a conversation with them. It can also refer you to community resources if you have serious problems, especially problems with your landlord.
As a renter, you and your landlord have certain rights and responsibilities to each other. For example, you have the responsibility to pay your rent on time. Your landlord has the responsibility to make sure that sure that your house or apartment is a safe place to live. You can learn more about your rights and responsibilities from An Illustrated Guide to Vermont Renter's Rights (PDF). If you believe that your rights are not being respected, please let the OIE know.
We know that some students find the apartment rental process quite confusing. While the OIE cannot help you to select or search for apartments, our advising team is happy to discuss what kinds of questions you should consider as you make your selection.