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Burlington, Vermont

Where is UVM?

The University of Vermont is located in the small city of Burlington, a safe and welcoming small city in the state of Vermont, USA. Set on the shores of Lake Champlain and surrounded by mountains, our diverse college town has a laid-back atmosphere, exciting social scene, and a beautiful New England setting.

With so much to offer, it’s obvious why Burlington was named the #1 College Town in America by Travel + Leisure magazine.

About Burlington

Downtown Burlington is an easy 15-minute walk, or 5-minute bus ride, from campus. This safe city is a fantastic place to live and study with diverse culture, vibrant nightlife, and exciting outdoor activities. You will find everything you need downtown, from grocery stores and coffee houses to brand-name shops and independent boutiques.

Burlington is also well-known for its food scene – there are hundreds of restaurants serving international cuisine, healthy foods, and local produce like delicious maple syrup.

It's even the home of the famous Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

Independence and Adventure

Known for its snowy mountains and wide open spaces, Vermont sits on the northeastern border of the USA, just below the Canadian province of Quebec. It is perfect for those seeking adventure and an active lifestyle, and is a popular location for skiing.

Vermont is a unique state. Its personality has been built on a long tradition of progressive attitudes. This is mirrored in the liberal and socially conscious environment of UVM. Its mission is to ‘create, evaluate, share, and apply knowledge.’ The University runs outreach projects in the local area, including community athletics programs and environmental initiatives.

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Outdoor Adventure

Named a top adventure town by National Geographic Traveler, Burlington is one of the best cities in the US for active and adventurous students.

Just one mile from UVM campus is Lake Champlain, offering water sports, sandy beaches, and a 19km bike path. Vermont’s Green Mountains are a stunning place to hike throughout the year, and less than an hour away are several world-class ski resorts perfect for winter excursions.

Outdoor activities in Burlington and New England include:

  • Hiking and camping in the Green Mountains
  • New England "leaf peeping" in fall
  • Camping in the countryside
  • Cycling and mountain biking
  • Skiing in famous ski resorts, like Stowe
  • Swimming at Oakledge and Leddy Park beaches
  • Sailing, kayaking and windsurfing at Lake Champlain

Transport & Travel

Travelling around Burlington and UVM’s campus is easy and you can explore more of America with trains, airplane, and affordable buses.

As a UVM student, you can use the free Campus Area Transportation System (CATS) to travel around campus, to the student neighborhoods, and to downtown Burlington. Services run until midnight on weekdays and until 3am on weekends.

Public buses run throughout Burlington, and students can ride the local bus for free. Several local taxi companies operate in and around the city.

Lake Champlain Ferries provide ferry services to New York state at three crossings.

Megabus services depart from the Transportation Center in downtown Burlington, offering low-cost travel across the US and Canada – you can travel to Boston (four hours) or New York City (six hours) for as little as $5.

Amtrak express trains travel to major cities across the USA. The Vermont Rail System operates scenic train rides in Vermont.

Burlington International Airport (BTV) is a 10-minute taxi ride from campus. You can fly directly from BTV to major cities across the US, including New York, Detroit, Washington DC, and Chicago, where you can connect to international flights.

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University of Vermont student Rohit

"This is the perfect place for me to focus on my education. If I was in a busy city, I could so easily not focus. I find here that everyone is so friendly. I like the quiet campus life and Burlington is really lovely. This is by far the most socially progressive place I’ve ever been in my life and I really enjoy that. I feel enlightened by it."

Rohit from Hong Kong
Studied Global Gateway Program
Now studying Computer Science


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