Local Atmosphere

Location
Burlington, VT
Undergrads
2,236
Tuition
$29,865
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Big college town. locals are very nice to students and visitors alike, and there is a shopping center close to the campus. Lake champlain also offers a lot to do during the spring and early summer for those who live in town year round.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: If you have money you're able/willing to spend there's some stuff to do. Eating out and such. Besides that there isn't really much to do. However, in the spring/summer/fall the waterfront is nice to go to in order to just hang out.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is something for EVERYONE! Whether you are a foodie, a music lover, an avid athlete or gamer there is something in Burlington for everyone.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Burlington is a great combination of the small-town feel and city life. Church Street is nearby, which gives lots of options with food, clubs, coffee shops, book stores, and even a sock store. It feels safe enough to go out on the town with some friends without bringing pepper spray. The locals seem to respect college students, considering there are so many in town.

5 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Burlington has a small town feeling. Friendly and warm but has all the amenities of a large city. Most within walking distance of the college.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kayla M. Hedman
Hometown
Griswold, CT
Major
Marketing and Advertising
Grad Year
2014
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Burlington, Vt., is the ideal city to experience college. It is very accommodating to the students, offering shopping, restaurants, coffee shops, businesses that offer jobs after graduation, and an amazing view that will make you smile on even your worst day. The best thing about it is that it is all within walking distance from campus. Aside from Champlain College, Burlington is home to three other colleges (not including the nearby St. Michael's College) and one major university research hospital. It is a very smart city, dedicated to sustainability, and interested in fine art, music, and theater.

The city is committed to beautifying, constantly reviving old buildings and constructing new ones, plus getting involved with projects to improve Church Street's lighting, embellish Pearl Street, and expand the waterfront district. People in Burlington are also committed to living active lifestyles. They love to bike, blade, run, or just stroll down the Burlington Bike Path, or drive 30-plus minutes to the local mountain resorts to shred some snow.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. In 2010, Vermont was named the second most peaceful state in America, according to the United States Peace Index.
  2. In 2012, Men's and Women's Health magazines named Burlington the healthiest American city for men.
  3. Burlington is the largest city in Vermont, with a city population of about 40,000.
  4. According to "Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine," Burlington is one of the "Top Ten Best Cities for the Next Decade."
Notable Natives
  • Alison Bechdel – American cartoonist
  • Jake Burton – snowboarder
  • Samuel de Champlain – French navigator
  • Kelly Clark – snowboarder
  • Ben Cohen – co-founder of Ben & Jerry's
  • Grace Coolidge – first lady, wife of Calvin Coolidge
  • Jerry Greenfield – co-founder of Ben & Jerry's
  • Anais Mitchell – singer-songwriter
  • Morgan Page – progressive house and electro house DJ
  • Bernie Sanders – U.S. senator
Local Slang
  • Creemee: Soft serve ice cream
  • Notch: A mountain pass
  • Packie: Package store, liquor store
  • Wicked: Very, extremely
Points of Interest
  • Battery Park
  • Burlington Bike Path
  • ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
  • Ethan Allen Homestead Museum
  • Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
  • Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center
  • Intervale Center
  • Magic Hat Brewery
  • Spirit of the Ethan Allen III Boat Cruise
  • Waterfront Park
Shopping Centers
  • Burlington Town Center Mall
  • Church Street Marketplace
  • Essex Shoppes
  • Taft Corners Shopping Center
  • University Mall
Movie Theaters
Essex Cinemas
21 Essex Way
Essex Junction
(802) 879-6543
Movie Theaters
Majestic 10
190 Boxwood St.
Williston
(802) 878-5090
Movie Theaters
Merrill's Roxy Cinema
222 College St.
Burlington
(802) 864-4742
Movie Theaters
Palace 9 Cinemas
10 Fayette Road
South Burlington
(802) 864-5610
Movie Theaters
Sunset Drive-In
155 Porters Point Road
Colchester
(802) 862-1800
Major Sports Teams
Vermont Lake Monsters: Minor league baseball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boston: : 3 hours, 45 minutes
  • Montpelier, Vt.: : 45 minutes
  • Montreal, Canada: : 2 hours
  • New York City: : 6 hours
Did You Know?
  • Area events and attractions include Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, RunVermont (marathon), Vermont Reggae Festival, Vermont Mozart Festival, Shelburne Museum, Ben & Jerry's factory tours, and more.
  • Burlington is 25 to 60 minutes from ski resorts, including Bolton Valley, Stowe Mountain Resort, Sugarbush Resort, Mad River Glen, and Smugglers' Notch.
  • Located on Lake Champlain and between the Green and Adirondack mountains, the city boasts breathtaking views of each.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 23 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 13% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 74% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 13% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 4% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 96% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 23 responses

  • 9% No way.
  • 65% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 26% Totally.

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