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Housing FAQs

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Housing FAQs

Below you will find a set of questions that we get all the time. Answers are provided along with links to additional resources where appropriate.

Housing Selection Basics

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All returning students who want housing must simply fill out an application on THD (The Housing Director) to request housing. The application is open during specific dates in the spring. The application is valid for the following academic year, with flexibility for approved study abroad. All students who fill out an application can expect to have campus housing.

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Housing selection is the process by which current Champlain College students sign up for spaces to live for the academic year. Students who are not currently attending Champlain College are not able to take part in housing selection or be pulled into a room.  Please see the Housing Selection Guide for further details. 

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We believe that the unique residence halls and apartment-style living that Champlain offers hold something of value for all of our students. 

All students must fill out an application in order to participate in the housing selection process. This means you will receive a specific Time Block in order to choose your own hall and room. The Time Block will be for a specific date and window of time when you can log in to THD in order to choose your specific room out of those available at that time. The sooner you log in during your Time Block, the better the choice of rooms available. If you have applied for housing but cannot or do not choose a room during Housing Selection, the Office of Housing and Residential Life will add you to a waitlist to be placed during the summer months. You will be notified upon placement. 

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All students who request housing and later cancel have a certain timeline to do so without fee. The Main Campus Cancellation Policy and the 194 St Paul Cancellation Policy are detailed further here.

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Residence Hall Specifics

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Housing options vary by year.  You can find details on which housing options are available for Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors under Available Housing for Returning Students.  Housing for First-Year Students can be found here.  More detailed information on all of Champlain's Main Campus housing options for returning students can be found under Sophomore & Upper-Class Residence Halls, while information on 194 St. Paul Street is under Apartment Style Residence Halls

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Residence halls for students who require easy access to their cars are Boardman and 158 South Willard. Students must meet eligibility requirements and pay for Zone 5 permit.  For more comprehensive information on parking, click here

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Champlain College students with documented disabilities may request appropriate and reasonable housing accommodations within the context of current housing policies. The Housing Accommodations Request Form must be submitted each year by the Housing Application Deadline for review and renewal of appropriate accommodations related to Residential Life. Please send completed forms to The Office of Accessibility at accessibility@champlain.edu.  The Office of Accessibility at Champlain College evaluates requests for housing accommodations for students on behalf of the Department of Residential Life. Documentation must substantiate a diagnosed impairment that is a current substantial limitation to a major life activity as it relates to housing needs. 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.

If students would like to apply to be able to have an assistance animal on campus, please contact The Office of Accessibility at accessibility@champlain.edu or visit the office in Skiff Hall in advance of the Housing Application Deadline..

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There will be no break housing offered on Main Campus for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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Traditionally Champlain offers several options for students who would like to remain in their spaces during school breaks (Fall, Winter, and Spring breaks). 194 St. Paul Street, Valcour, Juniper, and Boardman Hall will be staffed during breaks so that upperclass students may stay. Summit and 371 Main remain open during breaks for first-year students.  All students wishing 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.

Students who need to stay during break but do not live in a building with Break Housing may borrow the room of a friend in Summit Hall, 371 Main, Valcour, Boardman, or 194 St Paul to stay during the break.

Once you have identified a friend who will allow you to use their room, you will request it on THD in an application which opens a few weeks before the break. Residential Life will then contact them and anyone else who lives in the room or suite to get their approval. Once approved, you will have access to the room for the break. You will not have access to your own room during the times the College is closed, so you'll want to bring everything you need during that time with you!

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Students who are abroad for the Spring semester and wishing to live on campus for the following academic year should follow the same steps as all students: You will need to apply for housing in the spring semester(click here for important housing selection dates). You will then be able to participate in the online selection process by logging in during your Time Block. Or, you may create a roommate group and designate a member of that group to sign up during the scheduled Time Block.   

Students who are abroad for the Fall semester and would like to live on campus for the Spring semester will receive communication from the Office of Housing and Residential Life about the application process around October.  

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We recommend that all students apply for Main Campus housing in February.  Most students should know their study abroad status by late March, before Housing Selection happens.  If you are not approved for study abroad, you will be able to choose a placement for Main Campus for the fall. 

If you are confirmed for study abroad, we will cancel your housing application for Main Campus and you will not need to participate in Housing Selection.  The Office of International Education will manage your housing for your semester or year abroad. 

If you are returning for the spring semester, we strongly encourage you to live on campus for the spring semester. In mid-fall, students studying abroad will be emailed with details on how to apply for housing, both Main Campus and 194. All placements are made based on expected vacancies, and unfortunately, no specific placement can be guaranteed. Students coming back from study abroad will have first choice of spaces prior to assigning incoming spring students or transfers. Assignments will be finalized in January on THD.   

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Champlain offers a variety of housing options for students needing to be in Burlington during the summer.  See the page on Summer Housing for full details. 

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If the number of students that paid by the housing deposit deadline exceeds the number of spaces in housing, Residential Life will manage a waitlist of students throughout the summer. All students that were on-time depositors or on-time waiver recipients will be placed in housing prior to move in for the Fall term and will be notified as spaces arise. Throughout the summer Residential Life will also work to reassign folks that filled out a reassignment form should spaces arise that fit the preference.

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Students who are not happy with the space they chose at housing selection will have the opportunity to fill out a Reassignment Request form on The Housing Director (THD) under the applications tab. 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, as completing the Reassignment Request authorizes the Residential Life Office to move you based on the form you completed.

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Returning Students: Sophomores

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Adirondack HouseMale Spaces:

  • 5 Double Rooms

Female Spaces:

  • 3 Double Rooms
  • 1 Triple Room
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Adirondack House

Floors: 4

Rooms: 40 double rooms arranged in clusters

Each cluster contains a minimum of one bathroom. Each cluster will be multi-gender. Each room will be single gender

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Juniper HallFloors: 4

Rooms: 41 double rooms arranged in clusters

Each cluster contains a minimum of one bathroom. Each cluster will be multi-gender. Each room will be single gender.

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Lakeview HallMale Spaces:

  • 10 Double Rooms
  • 5 Triple Rooms

Female Spaces:

  • 20 Double Rooms 
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ValcourFloors: 4

  • Singles:  
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Returning Students: Juniors & Seniors

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Cushing HallFloors: 3

Male Spaces: 

  • 4 Doubles
  • 5 Triples
  • 4 Singles
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Cushing HallMale Spaces:

  • 4 Double Rooms
  • 1 Triple Room

Female Spaces:

  • 3 Double Rooms
  • 1 Triple Room
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Boardman Hall13 Suites of 4 single bedrooms

1 Suite of 2 double rooms

All suitemates must be the same gender.

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194 St. Paul Street Apartments

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194 Saint Paul Street residence features studio, 2-person, 3-person, 4-person, and 4-person townhouse suites with full kitchens, living areas and bathrooms.  It does not require a meal plan. As a premier housing option, there is a separate application process to live in this facility, requiring students to sign a Housing Agreement which has a separate cancellation policy. Eligible students must be in good disciplinary standing with the institution and cannot be on residential or disciplinary probation at the time of their application. Seniors and juniors will be given priority for this building. For more eligibility and contract information visit the 194 St. Paul Street website

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No student parking is permitted, either on-site or in the adjoining neighborhood, at any time. Consistent with College parking policy, students bringing a vehicle to campus must register the vehicle with the College. Dedicated parking is available at 115 Lakeside Avenue, the Residential Student Zone 2 lot. A Champlain shuttle will run to Main Campus as well as to 115 Lakeside Avenue.

Residence halls for students who must have easy access to their cars are: Boardman, 396 Main Street, North House, Sanders Hall, 371 Main Street, 158 South Willard. Students must meet eligibility requirements and pay for a Zone 5 permit.

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Gender-Inclusive and Substance-Free Housing Options

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As you know, Champlain College is a dry campus which means that no alcohol or illegal drugs are permitted on school property. 

For those students who are committed to living a substance-free lifestyle, we offer a small intentional community of students who commit to substance-free living at all times. The students living here expect that no substances or effects of substances will be part of their community at any time.  The community serves as a safe space for those who choose to live in an environment free from alcohol and illegal drugs. 

All students signing up for these spaces will be required to sign a contract agreeing to live a substance-free lifestyle, and violations of this contract will result in a student being required to move from the building into another hall. This application will be live on THD in the "applications" tab beginning in February.  See Important Housing Selection Dates for key deadlines. 

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Students are encouraged to visit Kate Ford, Assistant Director of Housing Operations, in Skiff Hall with any questions/concerns related to the Housing Selection process and gender-inclusive options.

Students wanting to live with someone of another gender may submit an application for 194 Saint Paul Street and indicate their preferred roommates on the application. All students sign up for single rooms within a suite setting.  Housing at 194 is gender-inclusive.  Champlain reserves the right to assign or reassign students to fill open rooms in suites at 194 St. Paul regardless of sex or gender identity.

For students that would prefer an option located on the hill section of campus, students may apply for the Gender-Inclusive Housing Program. Students can find the application on THD for gender-inclusive housing and will be accepted upon the successful completion of SafeZone Training. The training is a prerequisite for the program and will provide a baseline understanding of how to develop a shared community expectation that is beyond the gender binary. Students will attend one of the training sessions in January or February.  See Important Housing Selection Dates for details.

Deadlines for applications for gender-inclusive housing can be found here. Application decisions will be communicated to applicants in advance of Housing Selection and will include a housing assignment. Accepted students will not be required to participate in housing selection. Students will be placed in a double room and must fill the room with a roommate of their choice and the roommate must also complete the SafeZone Training requirement. In the event of a vacancy within a gender-inclusive room, the student will be able to select another roommate. However, should that student not be able to locate another resident, Champlain College retains the necessity to maximize usage of housing options on campus and the room will become single-gender. Families are not notified of enrollment in this program.  For any questions or concerns contact Kate Ford in Skiff Hall.

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Students that identify outside of the gender binary are asked to contact Kate Ford, Assistant Director of Housing Operations, in the Office of Housing and Residential Life to explore options. Kate will work with you to identify the best housing situation. Students that do not wish to partake in the Gender-inclusive housing option on the hill section of campus or the 194 Saint Paul Street option may continue to seek support from the Office of Housing and Residential Life and the Accommodations Officers to identify the best housing option for each person.

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Room & Meal Plan Costs

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Housing costs for the latest academic year can be found here.

All students in on-campus housing (with the exception of 194 St. Paul Street ) must have a Carte Blanche meal plan.

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Costs for all meal plans can be found here

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Application-Based Housing Options

Applications due: February 21, 2020

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194 St. Paul

Juniors and Seniors will receive priority for this building.

Application and admittance to live at 194 St. Paul Street does take place as part of the housing selection process. A separate application (due February 21, 2020) is required for this residence. Please visit the 194 St. Paul website for complete details, including floor plans.

This is the only on-campus housing option that does not require a meal plan.

This building will remain open during the break periods.

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308 Maple Street

All campus housing at Champlain is substance-free, but 308 Maple is specifically for those students who want a supportive environment with others who are committed to living in an atmosphere free from the presence and effects of alcohol and other drugs (including tobacco and marijuana).

This housing option requires a completed application on THD by February 21, 2020.

Male Spaces:

  • 1 Triple Room
  • 5 Person Suite

Female Spaces:

  • 1 Double Room
  • 1 Triple Room
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Valcour

Rooms: A portion of Valcour's 37 double rooms and 17 single rooms will be for gender-free living.

We have housing in a portion of Valcour for students who wish to live in our Gender-Free environment. Valcour has pods, or clusters of double and single rooms which surround several bathrooms, including at least one single-use bathroom. This housing option requires a completed application on THD by February 21, 2020.

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Additional Info

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If you have a maintenance issue with anything in your room, please make sure to put in a maintenance request through School Dude which can be accessed online through your student portal.  If further assistance is needed, please speak to a Resident Advisor or to the Area Coordinator.

School Dude Maintenance Request

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Information about off campus living can be found here.

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For Fall 2020, the anticipated closing date for all Main Campus residence halls is November 22. Students should expect to remove all of their belongings at closing before Thanksgiving. We anticipate allowing 194 St Paul Street residents to remain in their apartments after the campus closes at Thanksgiving; however, you must be prepared to evacuate College housing based on guidance/directives from the State of Vermont in response to the pandemic.  Residence hall opening dates for Spring 2021 will be announced prior to Thanksgiving break and can be found here.

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We encourage all students to grow important skills by working with your roommate(s) to sort out any issues. This is best done first by revisiting the Roommate Agreement that you signed early in the semester so that you can talk through any new issues. Next, we encourage you to speak with your RA who can provide some assistance and resources for working through difficult conversations. The Area Coordinator who are professional staff members are also an excellent resource! We often find that even a difficult conversation that airs the issues can often make for a much more comfortable living situation. Please remember, our staff are here to help you work through your issues!

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Mid-Semester Room Changes: This is a description of a typical year. During the pandemic, we are limiting room changes to reduce the possibility of virus transmission - please speak with your RA to work out issues. Room changes during a typical year: A couple weeks after the semester has started, we will open our Room Change Request Form on THD (The Housing Director). You can make your request of what kind of change in housing you are hoping for. This could include specifying a preferred roommate, preferred building(s) or preferred room size(s). Requesting a room change does not guarantee you will get an offer. If we have an open bed that meets your request, we will offer you the bed when you are next on the list. We encourage you to see the room and/or meet the current roommate(s). Then, it is then your choice to accept or decline the room change offer - there is no obligation. If you decline, you will be removed from the waitlist and can add yourself back on later. If you accept, you will be able to move generally that upcoming weekend. If you are someone with a vacant bed in your room, you may request to pull-in a specific friend by email to reslife@champlain.edu as long as the room is not currently offered to another student from the waitlist.


Mid-Year Room Changes (between fall and spring semester): This is a description of a typical year. At the close of Fall 2020 semester, all students will remove all items from their rooms upon move-out. Mid-Year Room changes during a typical year: For students who know that there will be a vacancy in a friend's room or suite after the fall semester, it may be possible to coordinate a room change for you. However, there are some limitations. You must be able to actually move rooms on the Saturday of closing in December, so that you can vacate your fall room fully in order for it to be available for new incoming students in the spring semester. Alternately, if you cannot move on that exact Saturday, you could remove your items fully from your fall room and return in January to your new spring space. Unfortunately, it is not possible to have you move in January, as we need all beds available for new incoming students in January. 

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