Residential Experience

The Champlain Game Academy residential experience is structured and supervised yet offers students the opportunity to experience what it is like to live in a college dorm on our beautiful campus.  We provide students with a team of Resident Advisors supervised by our Program Director and together they are responsible for creating community throughout our residential program. Our Resident Advisors are current Game majors or recent graduates from Champlain College Game Development majors.  Our Resident Advisors are chosen through a highly selective application and interview process and are some of the best students in our game majors.  In addition to having first hand experience with studying Game Development at the Champlain College, these students have also received intensive training from Residential Life preparing them to create a safe and supportive experience for our students. 

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Student safety is important to us at The Champlain Game Academy.  The Campus Security team at Champlain College participates in our program orientation to make sure that students know how to stay safe on campus. In addition the Campus Safety team monitors the campus 24 hours a day  providing the campus with access to services and support when needed.

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Students will stay in double-occupancy rooms in one of Champlain's newest contemporary residence halls, Butler Hall, right in the heart of the Champlain College campus.  It features a beautiful stone fireplace in the large open lounge, a dining area and small study rooms. Right outside is a landscaped grass courtyard with outdoor tables and amphitheatre seating. Butler Hall is an air-conditioned building and is handicap accessible. 

Champlain College Residence Hall

Champlain College Residence Hall

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At the Champlain Game Academy students will eat most meals in the spectacular dining hall of the IDX Student Life Center, offering all-you-can-eat buffet service featuring fresh, contemporary menus, often made with local Vermont products.  Champlain College is proud to be designated as a Fair Trade Campus, supporting our producing communities economically, socially, and environmentally.

There are a few times when students will eat picnic/BBQ style meals during off campus field trips.

Students can bring snacks with them to campus or buy snacks from several on-campus vending machines and at our campus store.

Champlain College Dining Hall

Champlain College Dining Hall

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Students at the Champlain Game Academy have limited time for recreational activities. However, we prioritize a healthy approach and build in some time to relax into the schedule on a daily basis. Everyday after lunch we set aside an hour for students to rest or play outside on the quad. Every evening after dinner there are recreational activities planned to keep students engaged and busy. Some evenings offer students choices of advanced classes or recreational activities. Other evenings offer required group activities designed to build community within the program. For example, all students will be required to participate in the field trip to Mt.Philo State Park early in the program, but later in the week students will have the choice between participating in a game tournament in the lab or watching a movie in the dorm.

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