Vermont is a state where the small town reigns supreme, and at only 42,000 people, Burlington is the largest city in the state. Living here allows you to enjoy the small-city atmosphere and beautiful streets of a well-loved town, while also putting you within a short distance of amazing cities like Montreal, which is less than 100 miles away. The University of Vermont is the most important institution in town. The more than 10,000 students it hosts are a vital driver of the local economy. The University and the affiliated University of Vermont Medical Center are also the two largest employers in the city.
College towns have predictable patterns when it comes to housing. Things get very competitive at the start of a new term, such as in September or January. Time your apartment search towards the end of terms. May and June are your best bet.
Be prepared for rental applications that ask some in depth financial questions. You will also be expected to verify this in many cases. This means that just saying that you have a job won't be enough. You may be asked to provide a letter from your employer or you school explaining your financial situation.
Busses and bicycles are both your friend while in Burlington. The Chittenden County Transportation Authority operates busses in Burlington and the surrounding cities. They provide an affordable way to get quickly around town. Bike lanes and slow moving traffic makes a bicycle a safe and quick way to get around the town. There are a handful of shops that rent bikes if you want to try before you buy.
Downtown Burlington is worth visiting even if you're just passing through. There is a beautiful walking market and stores and restaurants in many historically preserved buildings. Lake Champlain provides a scenic waterfront and the perfect place to enjoy water-based activities. Magic Hat Brewing Company is a sure-fire bet fore beer lovers. Finally, Burlington likes to throw parties all year long, including the Winter Carnival, a Jazz Festival in June, and a Brewers Festival in July.