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5 College Student

Campus Housing: Housing is based in old victorian era mansions. Very good living, some are co-ed by level, some are only one gender per dorm. otherwise, it's great.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The first year dorms are all renovated Victorian Mansions, which means two things: the rules are stricter because they don't want these places burning down, and you are living in an old Victorian Mansion. The size of the rooms very, as each room served a different purpose in it's youth. Although this means you may get stuck in a quad, it also means the individual dorms have a generally smaller body of people and you are more likely to become closer with your dorm mates. The dorms are all located within 2 blocks of campus, which is quite convenient in the winter. The only real issue is the roommate selection process, which is essentially a lottery.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: These are not the typically brick dorms that most colleges have. The first years live in renovated Victorian mansions, so every room is unique. Bader is one of the nicest buildings, though it's small in residents, holding only around 19 people or so. Whiting, which they are renovating now, was super gross before hand. Most dorms, aside from North House and Sanders, are right on campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Not the most fulfilling college experience but beautiful scenery.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Get your housing forms in ASAP! I lived in Pearl this year and I'm really happy with my choice. Pearl is no more than a five minute walk to anywhere on campus. We're right next to the dining hall. The rooms in Champlain are large compared to most. I wish the interior of the dorms looked more victorian like i imagined. Inside, they just look like an average dorm. The rooms are shaped pretty cool. The best dorms are Pearl, McDonald, and Lyman. The rooms in Cushing are REALLY small and they don't have a useable front door.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 133rd
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 264th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 330th
    Most Spacious Dorms
  • 393rd
    Cleanest Dorms

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kayla M. Hedman
Hometown
Griswold, CT
Major
Marketing and Advertising
Grad Year
2014
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Champlain residential life strives to create a safe and inclusive community. Living on campus as a first-year student is important for developing relationships and becoming involved on campus. Staying on campus or in Champlain's apartments as an upperclassman is more convenient for access to campus and allows students to further develop social skills. Champlain's 25 residence halls, the majority of which are renovated Victorian mansions, are extremely homey, well-kept, and many have incredible views of Lake Champlain. Every room is unique, bright, and there are no "forced triples" that you may hear about at other schools. Main campus is located in "the Hill" section of Burlington, a safe neighborhood just one mile east of downtown. From all dorms, it's no more than a 10-minute walk to class—the majority takes less than five minutes, which is especially appreciated when the temperature drops.

All residence halls develop a different social feel, but most first-year dorms turn into one big family where every resident plays a crucial role. Residents are comfortable leaving their doors open and are very welcoming. Many students go on to room with their friends from their first-year dorm. Resident assistants and the entire Residential Life staff are always there to smooth out any problems with housing snafus.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
1,361
Average Housing Costs
$8,250
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for single students
  • Coed dorms
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Special housing for international students
  • Theme housing
  • Wellness housing
Undergrads Living On Campus
47%
Freshmen Living On Campus
89%
Number of Dormitories
23
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
2
Best Freshman Dorms
  • Bankus Hall
  • McDonald Hall
  • Schillhammer Hall
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Juniper Hall
  • Main Street Suites
  • Quarry Hill
Worst Freshman Dorms
  • Cushing Hall
  • North House
  • South House
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
  • Cushing Hall
  • Lakeview Hall
  • Spinner Place
What You Get
  • Cable
  • Coin-operated laundry machines
  • Desk and desk chair
  • Dresser and/or closet
  • Extra-long twin bed (optional lofting kit)
  • Fiber-optic network connections
  • Hardwired fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Wireless Internet
Also Available
Although all residence halls are smoke and substance free (dry campus), 308 Maple has been declared "substance-free housing" where residents cannot return to the house under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. There is a strict contract that must be followed or residents will be asked to leave the house.
Available for Rent
Tents, board games, and other activity equipment available to borrow from the HUB in the IDX Student Life Center. Talk to your resident assistant to rent a grill (outside use only).
Did You Know?
  • Resident assistants are present in every campus-owned building to see that policies are followed and to make sure to develop a safe and inclusive community. They offer monthly programs, create informational bulletin boards in the hall, and are generally there for support and resources. There is an RA on duty every night from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. Their duty calendar will be posted in the dorm and probably on a Facebook group for the dorm.
  • Champlain does the majority of its construction on on-campus housing in the summer. It is a big surprise when students return.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

308 Maple
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: <20
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Substance-free housing
371 Main
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: 371 Main, previously University of Vermont's Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house, was acquired by Champlain in the spring of 2012 and renovated to accommodate Champlain students in the fall. It neighbors Champlain's Main Street Suites and is conveniently located near the corner of Main and South Willard streets.
396 Main Street
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Living room-styled lounge, lovely entry hall, foyer, large windows and gorgeous woodwork, large porches, built in 1902
Adirondack
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Former private home, renovated in 2008, next to Lakeview and Juniper halls (other sophomore housing), and shares a resident assistant with 308 Maple (substance-free housing), air-conditioned
Bader Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples, quads, quints
Special Features: Renovated summer of 2012, located conveniently at the corner of Maple and South Willard streets in the center of campus, view of Lake Champlain and downtown Burlington from its west-facing windows in front of the house, ideal setting for a first-year student looking for a smaller community, built in 1873
Bankus Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal, private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples, quads, quints
Special Features: Large foyer common room with sweeping staircase to the top floors, round bedroom areas in the turret of the house with amazing views of Lake Champlain, large front porch and back deck accessible from the resident assistant's room, two bedrooms on the first floor (a double and a quad) have private restrooms, built in 1889
Carriage House
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: <20
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples, singles
Special Features: Due to its smaller size, residents at Carriage House tend to establish a strong community. Located at the end of Cedar Lane and adjacent to Schillhammer Hall, Carriage and Schillhammer share resident assistant staff and resources.
Cushing Hall
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Located in the center of campus, the College's mailroom and student mailboxes are located in the basement; it was built in 1872 and renovated in 2005 with air conditioning.
Hill Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Built in 1884, Hill Hall boasts beautiful woodwork, air conditioning, and recently renovated bathrooms.
Jensen Hall
Floors: 4.5
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples, quads, and 1 six-person suite
Special Features: The two-level tower room is one of Champlain's best-known architectural features and is rumored to be haunted by a former occupant. Beautiful first-floor fireplace and grand staircase. One of Champlain's first acquired dorms, as it was built in 1888.
Juniper Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 50–99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Built in 2012, Juniper is LEED certified for healthy living and energy-efficient performance, and has spectacular lake views, quiet study areas, a large lounge with gorgeous stone fireplace, bicycle/ski/snowboard storage room and tuning shop, and elevator for handicapped residents.
Lakeview Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50–99
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Sophomores
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Lakeview Hall was built in 2007 to house sophomores. It features a game room with pool table and television, large formal living room, west-facing rooms with beautiful views of Lake Champlain, hardwood floors with radiant heat, air conditioning, and distinctive wall colors in student bedrooms.
Lyman Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Beautiful interior woodwork, side porch, front stoop overlooking central campus and located next to Champlain's Roger H. Perry Welcome & Admissions Center, built in 1884
Main Street Suites
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 50–99
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites (singles)
Special Features: Each suite includes four bedrooms, shared kitchenette (microwave, mini-fridge, sink), furnished living room, and a large bathroom. There is also a common area with a full kitchen in the building.
McDonald Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Very unique red-brick mansion with turrets, arches, a formal main stairway, and beautiful woodwork; nice covered front porch; residents very involved in on-campus activities; built in 1897
North House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Located only two blocks north of the main campus, North House is smaller than most residence halls. It is more private and homey because there are not other residence halls around it. It is a short stroll down to downtown Burlington.
Pearl Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Right in the middle of campus next to IDX Student Life Center and the Dining Hall (most convenient); beautiful tile bathrooms, new large front porch, and unique room layouts (round turret rooms to L-shaped); built in 1888
Rowell Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Greek revival mansion renovated in 2006 with air conditioning, large bathrooms, beautiful rooms, and at the center of campus sharing a front lawn with Bankus Hall; Rowell Annex (behind the house) houses tech support and media services for convenient computer tune-ups
Sanders Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: Located on College Street one block from campus; rooms of all shapes and sizes with unique personality; recently renovated foyer with beautiful woodwork; built in 1865
Schillhammer Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal, private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples
Special Features: On the corner of Cedar Lane and Summit Street adjacent to the Miller Information Commons and the President's Home; quieter than other halls; spectacular views; built in 1895
South House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: On the corner of Cliff and South Willard streets, quieter more residential location, big back porch and yard, two lounges, built in 1885
Summit Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal, suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples
Special Features: Open during breaks (Thanksgiving, winter, spring); large lounge and front lawn; unique rooms; built in 1893
Whiting Hall
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 20–49
Bathrooms: Communal
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, triples, quads
Special Features: Beautiful original woodwork (mantels, interior window shudders); large side porch; Champlain Health Services in the basement; built in 1876

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Quarry Hill
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 50–99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Two-bedroom apartments (doubles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, furnished living areas; complex features bike storage, laundry facilities, lease parking, shuttle
Located in South Burlington just past the UVM campus; built in 2010.
Spinner Place
Floors: 4
Number of Units: 50–99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartments (singles)
Special Features: Units include full kitchen, furnished living areas; complex includes lease parking, shuttle
Located in Winooski, which is known as the "Brooklyn of Burlington," with many restaurants and the beautiful Winooski River, nature and bike paths.

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