Department of Reslife

Each incoming first year student is required to complete a housing & meal plan contract. This document is legally binding for the nine-month academic year and clearly outlines a student’s responsibilities as a member of the UVM residential community (including Residential Life’s policies and procedures).



All first-time, first-year students are required to live on campus for the first four semesters they are enrolled in classes, and the Department of Residential Life (ResLife) is committed to creating living and learning environments that are welcoming and accepting of all students for the duration of their on-campus experience. ResLife's mission is to foster an inclusive culture of student learning, personal growth, community involvement, and programming in order to develop a socially just and safe community of global citizens.

Live-in support staff consists of fulltime professionals, graduate professionals, and undergraduate students. Each staff member plays a vital role in every student’s transition to UVM. Residential communities support the educational mission of the University by offering students places to study and get together. The social and educational programming in our halls demonstrates our commitment to learning both inside and outside the classroom.



Students will be assigned to a room based, in part, on the preferences they select on their housing contract, which include room type, basic lifestyle questions, and whether or not break housing is needed. First-time, first year students enrolling in the fall semester may access their housing contract online beginning in mid-May. All contracts must be completed by June 30th. Students will be notified of their housing assignments in mid-August.



Across UVM’s four campuses, there are ten residential complexes housing approximately 5,100 students. UVM complexes offer an assortment of single, double, and triple rooms arranged in corridor and suite-style living. Every room is furnished with an extra-long twin bed (36”x 80”), desk, chair, and dresser or wardrobe for each resident. Some students choose to loft their beds and most of the beds around campus allow for that option.



For students who wish to be part of a more intentionally designed residential learning experience, UVM offers a full range of programmed housing options from residential learning communities to Wellness Environment and other special-interest opportunities.



The costs associated with living on campus include the room rate, meal plan, and Inter-Residence Association (IRA) fee. Rates vary based on the room type, style of housing, and meal plan selected. These rates are outlined in detail in the housing and meal plan contract and on the ResLife website. Students are billed twice a year, in July and November, prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters.

For more information about costs and fees, refer to the contract or visit:



During Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks, only a few residential complexes remain open. We recognize that some students cannot or choose not to travel away from campus during these break periods. Students interested in this option can preference academic break housing needs on their housing contract, but they are not guaranteed a space in a specific residence hall. There is an additional fee for academic break housing.

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Although the UVM campus is a very safe place to live, it is important for students to take an active role in protecting and taking care of themselves, their community and their property. University policies and programs have been designed to enforce and support the safety and wellness of all students. There are also many safety features around campus to keep the community safe, such as a blue light system and residence hall doors that are locked 24 hours a day.



Our University is committed to creating a quality learning environment in an atmosphere that is safe, scholarly, and respectful. This goal is best accomplished by providing residences that are free from alcohol. Possessing or consuming alcohol is prohibited in University housing, even if you are 21 years or older. Smoking is prohibited in any residence hall, and anywhere on campus (in August 2015 UVM became tobacco-free). 

The Four Cornerstones

ResLife is committed to helping develop healthy, engaged, and successful students. Guided by our Four Cornerstones, we strive to provide a student residential experience that promotes the following:

  • Community and Civic Engagement:
    Using Restorative Practices to encourage community engagement and accountability.
  • Enhancing Learning:
    Facilitating educational and social programming that complements academic learning and strengthens transferable skills.
  • Advancing Diversity and Inclusion:
    Exploring self through identity awareness and affirmation of difference, which supports welcoming communities.
  • Health and Wellness:
    Fostering an ethic of care that motivates healthy decision-making and emotional well-being.
Department of Residential Life

406 South Prospect St.
Robinson Hall
Burlington, Vermont, 05405-0364

TEL: (802) 656-3434
FAX: (802) 656-1142