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Off-Campus Housing

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options for off campus housing, since Burlington is a college town. However, prices are expensive, which is really unfortunate. I live off campus and the cheapest decent apartment I could find is $610 a month, and I live with three other people. However, there's a good variety of options (duplexes, studio apartments, houses) and they're scattered all over town, so you almost always can live where you want. As for landlords and safety, always do your research beforehand. Parking tends to be hit or miss- some places have driveways, some have off-site parking, and others don't have anything. I don't know if the school can help for off campus housing or not, but checking the Champlain Black Market Facebook group is a good place to start, since many Champlain and UVM students and young adults living in Burlington look for subletters, advertise open rooms, and try to find off-campus roommates on there.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most off campus apartments are fairly expensive. The ones that arent are normally party houses.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The main problem is pricing and proximity; we are close enough to UVM that there is significant competition for nearby space. Still, even an expensive standard Burlington apartment will generally cost less than Champlain dorms.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of places for rent, however the cost of living is high so expect to live with roommates.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't looked for off-campus housing, but my brother went through the process of getting a Burlington apartment and it was a bit of a hassle.

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With the limited housing on campus for upperclassmen, many students move off campus junior or senior year. It isn't hard to find off-campus housing as long as you look early, know your budget, and aren't disappointed by not getting everything you want. You need to remember that renting in Burlington is usually only for a year, so don't worry about having a luxury apartment. Since most leases begin June 1, you need to be prepared to sublease or remain in Burlington over the summer. There is a high demand for housing in Burlington with the five colleges, so landlords can bump up the cost of housing. It is much less expensive with more people and figuring out if utilities are included. 

Living off campus is worth it to some who like the freedom of no rules, but living on campus or at Spinner Place or Quarry can offer the same freedom of having a kitchen, with more convenience of all-inclusive utilities and transportation to campus. Living on campus as long as possible is more desired for convenience to the dining hall, the wellness center, and to classes. It is so much easier to roll out of bed 10 minutes before class and walk across the street rather than walk 30 minutes from downtown, especially in the winter.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
53%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
11%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$9,300
Best Time to Look for a Place
Most leases start June 1, so students should be looking as early as March. Housing is in high demand in Burlington, due to the five colleges in the area.
Popular Areas
  • College Street has many apartment buildings.
  • Maple Street (both west and east of campus) has plenty of housing.
  • One street parallel west (toward the lake) to South Willard and South Union
  • South Prospect Street has houses available for larger groups of friends renting together. Redstone Apartments are also on South Prospect Street.
  • South Willard Street is in highest demand because it is on the same street as the school.
  • Streets off of Pearl Street are a little more affordable, crossing into the north end and less convenient to campus. These streets include North Union, Isham, and Greene streets.
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $650
  • 2 BR: $800
  • 3 BR: $1,725
  • 5 BR: $2,750

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 30 responses

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  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 31 responses

  • 19% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 58% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 23% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 32 responses

  • 3% Extremely helpful.
  • 53% Somewhat helpful.
  • 44% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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