Champlain College is spread out over 22 acres of a residential area called "the Hill" section of Burlington. The majority of campus is located within a one-mile radius. Most residence halls have a two- to five-minute walk to class, which can be done through other campus buildings to avoid inclement winter weather. Those who live in the few residence halls or their own off-campus apartments two to three blocks from main campus either walk, bike, or use a scooter to get to class. Since parking is very limited on campus, only commuters get a daily parking permit, which costs $100 per semester.
Other commuters can park at Gilbane with the rest of Champlain students' cars. Gilbane is one mile away from main campus, and there is a shuttle that runs between the buildings. The shuttle is getting much more convenient now that the Lakeside Campus/Miller Center (where many Champlain staff and faculty work) is open, adjacent to the Gilbane Lot. This has also prevented car vandalism from happening. Overall, campus proximity to everything in Burlington is perfect. Everything you need is less than a mile away, including Church Street, the waterfront, the art district, the North End, and more. A car is not necessary, unless you have a job out of town. Even with a job off campus, the CCTA bus routes are very convenient and are free with a Champlain ID. Public transportation may be new for some, but you will get used to it and appreciate the usability.