About Burlington

Burlington is truly a distinctive city, ranking at the top of many "best" lists in the country. Among other accolades, Burlington ranks #11 in a list of the Top 20 High-Tech Metros by the Atlantic. Vermont is uniquely positioned between Boston and Montreal, two explosive regions in the tech and media world. Boston is known as an international capital of innovation, boasting leading tech and creative innovation companies such as Google, Amazon, and IDEO. Boston is also home to an explosion of small and mid-sized game companies, such as Harmonix and Turbine, who are profiting significantly from the industry's growth. Artisan's Asylum, a leading nonprofit creative makerspace makes its home in the Boston area.

Montreal is also a home to Google, as well as over 70 game-related companies and development studios, including Ubisoft, A2M, Behaviour Interactive, and mega-producers, Electronic Arts and Eidos. In September 2007, Champlain College opened a satellite campus in Montreal to give students an opportunity for a true international study abroad experience that is within two hours driving-distance from Burlington.

The Burlington area itself is a hub for the technology and electronic media industry - IBM, Dealer.com, MyWebGrocer, GE Healthcare, Polhemus, Ascension Technology, Solidarity of Unbridled Labour, Tag New Media, JNJMobile, and Vermont Film Commission— all of which provide a valuable resource for the Center and the community. There are a number of nonprofit organizations and independent game studios in the area, such as Girl Develop It, Vermont Makers, Generator, and Birnham Wood Games which are also key resources.

One of the missions of the Emergent Media Center at Champlain College is to spur these connections by fostering entrepreneurship and professional skills for Champlain students through industry exchanges, internships and networking opportunities.

Laid-back urban

As a Champlain College student, you will be minutes away from:

  • Outstanding eateries, from outdoor cafes to rustic cellars, sushi to tapas. Burlington offers just about any kind of ambiance and cuisine you want.
  • Lake Champlain, a mecca for boaters, features waterfront trails, swings and a ferry to upstate New York.
  • An eclectic mix of small boutiques, shops and name-brand stores.
  • Numerous year-round festivals: Lake Champlain Dragon Boat, Discover Jazz, Brewers and Winter-to name a few.
  • South End Arts District featuring artist's collectives, galleries and studios and hosting the annual Art Hop with over 500 participating artists.

Church Street Marketplace

The epicenter of the city is a four-block, cobblestoned, outdoor marketplace cordoned off exclusively for pedestrians. The place hops. Street performers, cart vendors and outdoor eatery seating enliven the well-balanced distribution of national storefronts (like Macy's, Banana Republic and Urban Outfitters) among an eclectic roster of locally owned shops.

Perfect College Town

As well as being home to the approximately 24-acre Champlain College campus, Burlington boasts three other colleges and one major university research hospital; students represent a full one-fourth of Burlington's total population. Champlain and other local colleges offer a full calendar of open-to-the-public cultural events, concerts, lecture series and sporting events.

Burlington is such a distinctive city, it shows up in the top of many "best" lists year after year, including:

  • TOP ADVENTURE TOWN: Voted #14 in the list of Top 100 Adventure Towns by National Geographic Adventure magazine.
  • HEALTHIEST: Burlington was named Healthiest City in the U.S. in a 2012 report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and #2 Healthiest City in 2013. 
  • BEST PLACE TO LIVE: Burlington named the "Best of the Best" places to live by Men's Journal Magazine (top 5 of their "50 Best Places to Live").

Housing Options in Burlington

Burlington is widely considered one of the most livable cities in the country. As a college town, there are an abundance of rental opportunities and nearly everything is within walking distance. Even so, mass transportation is readily available throughout the city and your student ID will get you where you need to go for free.

Champlain has dedicated apartment-style housing available to MFA students. To learn about housing options, contact gradschool@champlain.eduor call us at 866-282-7259.

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