About Burlington, Vermont
This comfortable but cosmopolitan city is known as a top college town and revered for its arts, healthy lifestyle, outdoor options and safety by sources ranging from The Princeton Review and The New York Times to Outside and Travel + Leisure magazines. Burlington is one of America’s liveliest small cities. With a population of 40,000, it charms with proximity to Vermont’s idyllic countryside. The state of Vermont’s “human scale” is often cited as offering UVM students unique opportunities to get involved and gain essential experience. Students often say that when it comes to Burlington, it was love at first sight.
- Outside Magazine – Burlington, Vermont, home of the University of Vermont has landed twice in Outside magazine’s “Best Towns” list. “Take a walk through the brick-paved Church Street Marketplace if you want to understand how politically correct this lakefront college town has become.” Among the author’s favorite finds: fair trade coffee, sweat-shop free goods, restaurants serving local food, dazzling mountain and lake scenery, and a great night life.
- Nation’s Healthiest City - Burlington, Vermont was named the nation’s healthiest city. “Vermont’s largest city is tops among U.S. metropolitan areas by having the largest proportion of people — 92% — who say they are in good or great health.” On the shores of Lake Champlain, Burlington is among the best in exercise and among the lowest in obesity, diabetes and other measures of ill health, according to the 2008 report from the U.S. Center for Disease Control & Prevention.
What’s within walking distance or a short bike ride of UVM’s campus?
- 1 of the most beautiful lakes in the world — the sixth largest freshwater lake in the U.S.
- 9 theatre and concert venues attracting national acts like Ani DiFranco, Feist, k.d. lang and Guster; Broadway national tours like “STOMP,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Movin’ Out”; and dance greats like Mikhail Baryshnikov and Les Balley Africains.
- 40 art galleries and venues
- 13 coffee shops
- 8 night clubs
- 100+ restaurants and bistros (not including all of the fine ones on campus)
- 11 different types of international cuisine (Thai, Indian, Japanese and Italian to name a few)
- 2 shopping malls
- 1 of the oldest minor league baseball parks still in use in the country (Centennial Field, home of the Vermont Lake Monsters)
- 1 house museum belonging to a Revolutionary War hero (Ethan Allen)
- 1 of America’s finest downtown marketplaces
- 14 parks
- 1 lakeside skate park
- 3 sand beaches
- 1 community sailing center offering sailboat rentals
- 100 national retail stores (Macy’s, Urban Outfitters, Borders, Abercrombie & Fitch, J.Crew, etc.)
- 17 religions represented by their houses of worship (including a mosque, several synagogues, Friends (Quaker) meeting house, church of Christ Scientist, Buddhist center, Catholic church, and others)
- 354 acres of agricultural and wild land located in Burlington’s Intervale along the banks of the Winooski River
- 12-mile pedestrian path along Lake Champlain