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 are welcome to stay on campus as juniors and seniors. 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.


For most UVM students, the housing experience takes place in learning communities (LCs), designed to bring students with a shared interest together and provide a feeling of home.

LCs are built around a common theme, and in Fall 2020 we expect all incoming students will live in one. After exploring the different LC options available, incoming students will rank their LC preferences on their contract.


First-time, first-year students enrolling for fall semester may access their housing contract online after paying their UVM acceptance fee. Students will be assigned to a room based on their learning community placement and answers to basic lifestyle questions. Review steps and timeline for incoming first-year students.


Across UVM’s four campuses, there are ten residential complexes housing approximately 5,700 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.


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. 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 the ResLife website.


All residence halls remain open during Thanksgiving, winter, and spring academic breaks. There is an additional fee for academic break housing. For safety and security reasons, students who wish to stay must register online before each break. Students found responsible for conduct violations during a previous break stay may not be eligible to stay for future breaks.


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