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Housing

Although VLS does not offer on-campus housing, we maintain a searchable database of rental properties as a service to our students. Students are responsible for contacting the landlords and for their housing while at Vermont Law School. We strongly recommend that students set up appointments with prospective landlords from their home prior to visiting South Royalton. This is especially true during the summer months when landlords may be on vacation. Though Vermont Law School maintains this website, we do not become involved in matters between student tenants and landlords.

Our housing database is comprised of rental properties that local landlords have entered into our site. The database is updated regularly and can be searched by many criteria such as number of bedrooms, location, pets allowed, and cost. In late spring landlords begin entering their rentals for the next academic year, which begins in late August.

For more information, contact:
Tammie Johnson
(802)831-1261 or (800)227-1395 , ext. 1261
tmjohnson@vermontlaw.edu

Roommates

Although VLS does not match students or find roommates for their students we do offer a roommate finder website. Students complete a roommate questionnaire describing their lifestyle and housing preferences. Once the questionnaire is completed and submitted, the form goes to the Housing Department. Students will receive a link to the Roommate finder website, via email, once the questionnaire is approved. The roommate website works like a searchable database. Students will enter in their preferences and hit submit. Roommates matching the preferences entered will then come onto the screen.

Semester Sublet

VLS has created a section for Semester Sublet housing (Exception: Summer). This page is meant to help match students that need to sublet their housing for an academic semester to students that will need a sublet for an academic semester. Students complete a sublet questionnaire describing either their rental opportunity or housing preferences. Once the questionnaire is completed and submitted, the form goes to the Housing Department. Students will receive a link to the Semester Sublet website, via email, once the questionnaire is approved. The Semester Sublet website works like a searchable database. Students will enter in their preferences and hit submit and the matching preferences entered will then come onto the screen. If you are interested in posting a semester sublet or are in need of a semester sublet please go to: http://forms.vermontlaw.edu/housing/renter_form.cfm

Transportation

Stagecoach Transportation Services

Stagecoach Transportation Services is a public transit commuter service that runs a route from Montpelier, Vermont to Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont. Depending on your location to the bus route, students living outside of South Royalton may have the opportunity to ride the bus versus driving each day. The commuter service also runs other routes serving Orange and Northern Windsor Counties. For more information on where the bus routes are please go to: http://stagecoach-rides.org/89er-north.

Vanpool

The state of Vermont offers a $700/month subsidy for vanpools.  They work like carpools, except you can split the cost of gas with seven or more people!  If you live 20 or more miles from work and are interested in starting a van, contact Aaron at Vital Communities with your name, hometown, and the hours you're usually on campus (aaron@vitalcommunities.org).

Carpool with Zimride

Zimride is a fun and easy way to share the seats in your car or catch a ride. With Go Vermont's partnership with Zimride, you can find others going the same way you are.  Check out www.zimride.com/govermont to sign up.  When you register, you'll also be eligible for a guaranteed ride home should you miss your bus or carpool.  Guaranteed ride home provides up to $70 toward a cab, bus fare, rental car, or Zipcar fee.

Zipcar at Vermont Law

Need a car? Borrow a Zipcar! VT Law has partnered with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to the area. To use Zipcars, simply register as a member, reserve a car online or by phone, use your Zipcard to enter the car, and drive away. Return the car to the same location where you picked it up. For more information on Zipcars please go to: http://www.zipcar.com/vermontlaw.

For more information on "What is car sharing?" go to: http://www.zipcar.com/how/

Tenant Resources

Vermont Tenants, Inc. publishes the free Renting in Vermont booklet. Call 1-800-287-7971 to request a copy, or view the online edition at www.cvoeo.org. Renting in Vermont provides comprehensive information on the legal rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants. We strongly encourage students to acquire and read through a copy of the booklet.

The Vermont Law School Mediation Project trains second and third year law students who are trained and supervised by an experienced attorney and mediator. The Mediation Project operates a Campus Mediation Program for disputes, including housing issues that arise between students and landlords, and student room mates. Campus Mediation services are provided on a case by case basis as disputes arise and as mediators are available. Contact Professor Robin Barone at rbarone@vermontlaw.edu for more information.

Additional Housing Resources

If you are interested in purchasing a home, most of the real estate franchises have branches in Lebanon and Hanover, NH, and in White River Junction, VT. Many of the following websites have links to real estate agencies or property search engines.

Small, independent local realtors include Kevin D. Blakeman & Lisa Enright ( 802-763-7182 ); Dunrovin Real Estate ( 802-763-7177 ); Lisa Baldwin www.lisabaldwin.com

Local Media

The following newspapers provide classified advertising of rentals:

For more information, contact:
Tammie Johnson
(802)831-1261 or (800)227-1395 , ext. 1261
tmjohnson@vermontlaw.edu