Brattleboro and even the small town of Marlboro have an abundance of rentable options for students at Marlboro College. There are several off-campus cottages and houses along South Road (the heavily-wooded road leading to the College). Additionally, there are apartment buildings, downtown apartments, and even houses that are popular with upperclassmen. A home away from Marlboro often proves convenient for many students as a place to relax and be productive. On-campus housing can sometimes become a distraction.
If rent money is less of an issue, a downtown apartment is extremely convenient. The Marlboro van stops right in the middle of Main Street and will take students to and from school. Also, houses along South Road become happening party spots for get-togethers and gatherings (Marlboro students always love venturing off of the Hill, even if only a few meters away). Though wonderful in many ways, off-campus housing can be expensive and problematic in the winter. Some days, the road to Marlboro will not be accessible by car, and some students will miss class. Also, students off campus can sometimes miss other important events on campus, such as performances, art shows, or guest speakers, all due to weather. With on-campus housing, students are guaranteed to be there.