Local Atmosphere

Burlington, VT
Tuition (in-state)
$35,612 ($15,284)
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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Burlington is a wonderful small city that is walking distance from campus. There are plenty of places to listen to live music and dance!

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I love Burlington when the temperatures are warm

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It is a warm town, the people her call it the Big City, as it is the biggest city in Vermont, and a lot of the vermonters are from small towns, but It ain't no New York. There is still surprisingly a lot to do here.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: There are many activities in the area and surrounding towns. My favorite spots were North Beach and Oakledge.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Not bad for Vermont but as a born and raised New Yorker it's a bit of a let down. Shopping is abundant both on Church Street and at UMall. Night life revolves almost exclusively around drugs and alcohol. Fairly safe but the townies and students tend to fight over noise and drinking.


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Jason Bushey
Burlington, VT
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With majestic rolling fields, golden stalks sweeping in the wind, and the Green Mountains hailing in the background, Vermont is a visionary canvas for those who love rural landscape and the cycle of the seasons. This is an obvious advantage for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities, and Vermont boasts arguably the best region on the East Coast for this. You can revel in the majesty of the Green Mountains, and the winter months give rise to the East Coast’s best skiing at Killington and Stowe—the only eastern rivals to the Rocky Mountains. The progressive community of UVM and Burlington gives a revived or rekindled sense of place, proving that big things come in little states.

Burlington is a small but bustling city with five colleges in its vicinity. As the birthplace of Phish, Burlington has an impressive music scene, drawing names like Ani DiFranco to Anoushka Shankar and genres from underground hip-hop to jazzy blues. The Flynn Theatre and the Fleming Museum add to Burlington’s flare. People are mostly out to enjoy themselves and strike a balance between work and play. On Church Street, Burlington’s downtown pedestrian marketplace, you can see a businessman bolting to a financial institution past a dreadlocked guitar player performing for extra money. There’s a little bit of everything in Burlington.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Nestled in a valley on Lake Champlain, Burlington is between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York across the lake.
  2. Over 100 years ago, Burlington used to have the busiest shipping port in North America.
  3. Burlington attracts national and international artists, musicians, authors, and others.
  4. This is the largest city in Vermont with around 40,000 full-time residents.
  5. This is also the birth place of the world famous Ben & Jerry's ice cream.
Notable Natives
  • Howard Dean - politician
  • John Dewey - renowned philosopher and educator
  • Jon Kilik - producer of "Malcolm X" and "Pleasantville"
  • Phish - jam band
  • Libby Smith - professional golfer
  • Jody Williams - 1997 Nobel Peace Prize winner for her continuing efforts to ban landmines worldwide
Local Slang
Wicked: Awesome
Points of Interest
  • Ben & Jerry’s Factory
  • The Burlington Bike Path
  • Church Street
  • The Flynn Theatre
  • Lake Champlain
  • The Long Trail
  • Robert Hull Fleming Museum
  • The Shelburne Museum
  • Spare Time Bowling Alley
Shopping Centers
  • Church Street Mall
  • The University Mall
Movie Theaters
Merril's Roxy Cinema
222 College St.
(802) 864-3456
Movie Theaters
The Palace 9
10 Fayette Rd.
South Burlington
(802) 864-5610
Major Sports Teams
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boston: MA: 3 hours
  • Montreal: QC: 2 hours
  • New York City: NY: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 55 responses

Very poor
  • 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 57 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 2% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 14% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 72% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 12% 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 56 responses

  • 2% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 46% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 52% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 56 responses

  • 20% No way.
  • 55% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 25% Totally.



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