Housing FAQs

What is Housing Selection?

Housing Selection is the process by which current Champlain College students sign up for the spaces in which they will live for the 2014 - 2015 academic year.

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Who gets to participate in Housing Selection?

We believe that the unique residence halls and apartment-style living that Champlain offers holds something of value for all of our traditional students and we hope to have as many returners as possible to campus housing. Students that would like to live in Champlain housing and submit their Housing Deposit by the March 15, 2014 deadline will receive a Priority Number and will be eligible to participate in the Housing Selection process during the week of March 31. To submit your deposits please click here. Students wanting to live on campus will be required to submit a $500 Housing Deposit as well as a $500 tuition deposit.

Questions or concerns regarding the deposit should be directed to Student Accounts at 1-800-570-5858 Ext. 2741.

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What if I deposit AFTER the March 15 deadline?

Students depositing after the March 15 deadline will not be able to take part in the housing selection process and may not be pulled-in via proxy. Students that decide to live in campus housing but missed the deadline will be placed on a waiting list and assigned to spaces that become available over the summer based on the date they submitted their deposits. 

Please note that there will be NO EXCEPTIONS made for late deposits.  Please visit the office of Student Accounts for any concerns or questions you may have regarding deposit submittal prior to the March 14 deadline.

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What is a Priority Number and how is mine determined?

Priority numbers are used to create the order in which eligible students (those that have met the March 15 deposit deadline) select available rooms.  Your Priority Number is determined by the number of Priority Points. Priority Points are based on the number of credits earned toward graduation (please note this means completed credits, not credits currently enrolled in).  The more credits, the better (lower) your Priority Number will be.  

Priority Points will be based on the following:

    • Each student will get 2 Priority Points for every 5 credits completed at Champlain College.
    • Each student will receive 1 Priority Point for every 5 credits transferred from other institutions.
    • Credits less than 5 in either category will not receive points.
    • Credits in either category will be rounded down to the nearest multiple of 5.  For example, if you have earned 17 credits here at Champlain, it will be rounded down to 15, meaning you will have a total of 6 Priority Points. For residents who are "tied" with the same number of points, the "ties" will be broken with Priority Numbers that are randomly assigned by computer within each point total.  So, two residents with the same number of points could have Priority Numbers that are significantly different.

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How many Priority Numbers are there and when will I get mine?

Priority Numbers will be calculated after the March 15 housing deposit deadline and Priority Cards will be in student mailboxes in Cushing Hall on March 25.  Students who do not currently live on campus or who are abroad this semester should contact Melody Brook, or stop by the Residential Life Office in Skiff Hall to receive their number.  Priority Numbers will range from 001 (lowest/first to choose) to around 750 (highest/last to choose). The range ultimately depends on the number of students who meet the March 15 housing deposit deadline.  Numbers will not be separated by gender but many available spaces will be slated accordingly by gender.

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When and where do I need to show up to sign up for my space?

Housing Selection will take place on March 31, April 1, and April 3, 2014 in the Alumni Auditorium.  Check out the "Important Dates" section of this packet for details on when and where to arrive for your specific Priority Number and desired housing choice.  Please note that the only students that will be allowed into Housing Selection will be students with the appropriate Priority Numbers for that selected time plus their desired Pull-Ins.  Students will be allowed into selection approximately 15 minutes prior to their selection time.

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Will I be able to "pull-in" friends?

During the 2014 Housing Selection process, students signing up for spaces will be allowed to fill the room, suite or apartment they are signing up for with "pull-ins".  This means that a student signing up for a double room will be able to pull-in 1 friend; a triple, 2 friends; a quad, 3 friends.  The student groups should attend the selection night for the lowest Priority Number in their group.  All students being pulled in must have a priority number and either be present or send a proxy form with another student.  Please note that if a space is not found for the entire group, the student(s) not going into the space will have to attend the Housing Selection time of their own Priority Number(s).  No switching of Priority Numbers will be permitted.

Students currently living in Spinner Place who would like to "homestead" (claim their same apartment for next year) will have the opportunity to do so; if, and only if they fill the remaining spaces in the apartment with other homesteaders or pull-ins that have paid their housing deposit before the deadline.  This process will occur via the Homestead Request Form. Each apartment will submit one form with signatures from all of the residents. These students will not be required to come to the first night of selection.  Students unable to fill their apartments will be required to select a space upon availability based on their Priority Number on the first night of housing selection, March 31. The deadline to fill out the form is March 18.

As Quarry Hill will no longer be available for campus housing, current residents will be given the opportunity to homestead their four person apartment at Spinner Place. Students will be able to homestead at Spinner Place if they can fill the remaining spaces in the apartment with other homesteaders or pull-ins that have paid their housing deposit before the deadline. This process will occur via the Homestead Request Form and students will be assigned their specific apartment in Spinner via Webadvisor on August 10.  Each apartment will submit one form with signatures from all of the residents. These students will not be required to come to the first night of selection. Students unable to fill the apartments will be required to select a space upon availability based on their Priority Number on the first night of housing selection, March 31. The deadline to fill out the form is March 18.

Students currently living in Spinner Place who want to change apartments within the same building for next year will have the opportunity to do so on March 31, as well as fill their apartment with pull-ins.  Please note the sign-up times for specific priority numbers. 

Other students signing up for Spinner Place will be able to do so on March 31.  These students will be allowed to fill their apartments with the pull-ins of their choice.

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If I am NOT homesteading my apartment, can I pick another specific apartment in the same building?

Students will not pick a specific apartment in Spinner Place.  Due to increased numbers on campus and short turnover time for apartments, when students attend Housing Selection they will be signing up for a space in the building, not a specific apartment.  Spinner Place contains apartments with varying occupancies. The number of available 2 bedrooms and 4 bedrooms will be listed, without knowing the specific apartment number they will be getting. 

In a case where one or more persons in the apartment contract to live for the summer, they will find out the specific apartment they are assigned to when they arrive to move in.  These assignments will be based on what apartments are ready for new occupants.

In cases of apartments that are not occupied by at least one summer resident, students can check their specific apartment assignment online August 10.  

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Are there any changes with parking at Spinner that I should be aware of?

Parking at Spinner Place will continue to be a monthly fee set by the city of Winooski.  Students may purchase their monthly pass upon move-in from the management of Spinner Place. Students will also receive CommuteSmart Cards to use when the shuttle is not running.

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Will the new residence halls near Whiting and McDonald be available for the Fall 2014 semester?

Butler and Valcour will be available for the Fall 2014-Spring 2015 academic year. Butler will be available for Sophomores only on the second night of housing selection, April 1, and Valcour will be available for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors on the last night of housing selection, April 3.

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As a rising Sophomore, will I be able to live on main campus?

Around 270 beds on the main part of campus will be held exclusively for students beginning their second or third semesters here at Champlain.  Lakeview Hall, Adirondack Hall, Butler, and Juniper Hall will be open to students with 24 or fewer completed credits. Please make sure you are aware of how many credits you have completed. Students wanting to live in these buildings will attend Housing Selection on the night of April 1 and will be allowed to pull-in friends to their rooms.  Please note that all students being pulled-in must also meet the 24 or fewer credits requirement.  These beds will be available until filled, at which time rising sophomores will need to select from available options during the last night of housing selection.

Students with more than 24 credits that want to appeal their right to sign up for these buildings may do so by calling 802-865-5487 to make an appointment with Melody Brook no later than March 28.  Students coming to Housing Selection with more than 24 credits who have not been granted an appeal will not be allowed to sign up for a space in these buildings nor be pulled in.

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What rooms will be available to select from?

Champlain College commits to housing its incoming first year students on main campus.  For this reason, a large amount of beds on main campus will not be available for returning students but there are many spaces for returners to choose from, including several newly-built residence halls.  To see the list of rooms that WILL be available to returners, please visit this page after March 15.  You may also pick up a paper copy of this list by visiting the Residential Life Office in Skiff Hall.

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What if I require specific accommodations based on my special needs?

Students who have documented needs requiring specific accommodations, even if they currently have housing for these accommodations, need to contact Accommodations Services located in Skiff Hall by March 15.  Please send an email to either Skip Harris at sharris@champlain.edu or Denise Myers at dmyers@champlain.edu. A list of approved students will be sent to Residential Life and those students will be assigned based on their needs and notified of their assignment prior to the first night of Housing Selection.

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Are there any residence halls that do not close for school breaks?

Yes, Champlain offers several options for students who desire to remain in their space during school breaks (Fall, Winter, and Spring Breaks).  Spinner Place, 371 Main, Valcour, and Summit Hall will be staffed during breaks so that students may stay.  All students wanting to remain in their spaces during these breaks must sign up for one of these housing options.  No other halls on campus will remain open during these times.

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Will students have an option for substance-free living next year?

Yes!  In addition to all residence halls being smoke and substance free, we are excited to offer the 14 beds at 308 Maple Street.  All students signing up for these spaces will be required to sign a community-built contract agreeing to live a substance-free lifestyle, and violations to this contract will result in a student being required to move from the building into another space.

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What if the room, suite or apartment I sign up for is not a single, but I am the only person in it?

In order to create more open spaces for returning residents who want to live with a friend, as well as for first year and transfer students, the Department of Residential Life has established a Consolidation Policy.  During the 2014 Housing Selection process, a student who signs up for a room where one or more spaces remain open is subject to consolidation within the same building to a room with the same or fewer occupancy.  

For example, if a double room in a building only has one resident, and a triple down the hall only has one resident, the Department of Residential Life reserves the right to move the lone student in the triple to the double room.  In the case where both rooms in question have the same potential occupancy (i.e. 2 quads with 2 people each) then the room of the resident holding the highest priority number will be where all 4 students are consolidated.  Additionally, if fewer students sign up for a larger occupancy room (i.e. 2 students in a triple) they may be moved to a smaller occupancy room in the same building in order to make spaces for student groups of larger sizes.  Residential Life will not move students from their building or to a room with higher occupancy in order to consolidate.  This process will happen throughout housing selection in order to create spaces for students with higher priority numbers to be able to pull in their friends.  Residential Life reserves the right to consolidate students under these terms up until the time that a student moves into his/her room in the fall.

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Are there spaces where people of different genders can sign up to live together?

Yes, students wanting to live with someone of another gender may sign up for the same apartment at Spinner Place.  This is permitted ONLY in cases where students can completely fill the apartment with pull-ins, and everyone must agree to the multi-gender arrangement.

** Please note:  Students are encouraged to visit Melody Brook in Skiff Hall with any questions/concerns related to their gender identity and the Housing Selection process.

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I identify as transgender, gender queer or something other than the standard gender binary.  How do I go about selecting housing?

Students identifying as something other than male or female are asked to contact Melody Brook in the Residential Life Office.  Melody will work with you to identify the best housing situation.

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What if I can't come to Housing Selection during the designated times?

Students who are unable to make their Housing Selection time may select someone who they trust to attend the meeting for them.  The person the student chooses must bring with them a completed Proxy Form in order to be allowed to select a space.  You may print a proxy form by visiting this page or pick one up at the Residential Life Office in Skiff Hall.

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What if I am currently abroad or am going abroad for Fall?

Students who are abroad for the 2014 Spring semester and cannot attend Housing Selection should send a proxy that they trust to choose a space.  Students who do not have a person that they can send in their place should contact Melody Brook.  Melody will work with you to select an appropriate space based on your Priority Number.

Students who will be going abroad in the Fall of 2014 should not attend Housing Selection to select a space, as spaces abroad are assigned through the Study Abroad Office.  We strongly encourage students going abroad in the Fall to return to live on campus for the Spring semester.  We give students coming back from abroad first choice over spaces, prior to assigning incoming Spring students or transfers.  In November, students abroad will be emailed and asked to give their preferences for housing upon their return via an online form.  Assignments will be made based on these preferences and students can check their assignments on December 29, 2014.

Students going abroad in the Fall may still receive priority numbers, but should disregard them and not attend Housing Selection unless their plans to go abroad change prior to the selection dates.

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What do I need to bring with me to Housing Selection?

All students going to a Housing Selection meeting must have their Champlain College ID and their Priority Card.  Students who do not have both of these items may be denied the opportunity to sign up for a space.

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What if I am not happy with the space I selected?

Students who are not happy with the space they choose at Housing Selection will have the opportunity to fill out a Reassignment Request form.  These forms will be available at the Housing Selection meetings and in the Residential Life Office once Housing Selection is complete.  Please note that these requests will be filled over the summer as spaces become available.  Please make sure to only request options you are willing to accept since completing the Reassignment Request authorizes the Department of Residential Life to move you based on the form you completed.

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How much will Housing and Meals cost next year?

All students in campus housing (with the exception of Spinner Place) must have a meal plan.  

Housing Costs for 2014-2015

  • All traditional residence halls - $8,500 per year
  • Juniper, Butler, and Valcour - $9,000 per year
  • Spinner Place and Main Street Suites - $9,500 per year

Meal Plan Costs for 2014-2015

  • Carte Blanche (Unlimited meals) - $5,250 per year
  • Commuter Meal Plan (40 meals) - Students living in Spinner Place (who opt out of the Carte Blanche meal plan) or students living off campus may choose to purchase this plan.  You can do so by visiting the Student Life Office once returning for Fall.  Prices for the 2014/2015 school year will be set in August. Currently, the set price for the 2013/2014 year is $335.

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I want to live on campus for the summer, how do I sign up for that?

Champlain offers a variety of housing options for students needing to be in Burlington during the summer.  Please visit the Residential Life web site after March 15 to download all of the information you will need.  The deadline for completing summer contracts is April 15.

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