Curious about life in Vermont Tech’s dorms? We’ll answer some of your questions here.
Can I have a single room?
Single-room requests must be submitted in writing to the Housing Coordinator. Each semester, the college will determine if it can accommodate single room requests. If space is available, requests will be honored in the order in which they are received, depending on the requester’s earned academic credits.
For Fall 2020, all Randolph Center students will be placed in single rooms due to COVID-19.
Can I change rooms?
We have a two-week room freeze at the beginning of each semester during which students must stay put and get to know their new roommates. Students interested in changing rooms must make an appointment to discuss the request with their Resident Director. An unapproved move may be a documentable violation of college policy.
For Fall 2020, we will not be allowing room changes due to COVID-19.
Who is required to live in college housing?
All students are required to live in college housing for their first two years, unless they meet one of the following criteria:
- Has earned a Baccalaureate degree
- 2-year housing requirement has been met at Vermont Tech or another college
- Has legal dependents
- Is a veteran
- Is married
- Attends classes at a VTC site that does not offer housing
- Housing is filled/there are no available rooms
- Has a serious medical condition that cannot be accommodated in the residence hall. (A medical assessment from the student’s physician is required for review and must be approved by the college’s Learning Specialist.)
- Is 21 years of age or older before the start of the academic year
- Permanent legal residence is within a 30-mile radius of the college
- Has part-time status
- Has withdrawn or taken a leave of absence from the college
- Has an academic dismissal from the college
- Is under judicial sanction
For Fall 2020, there is no residence requirement due to COVID-19. However, if you are from a high risk county, you cannot commute for lab weeks and would need to reside on campus.
Why does Vermont Tech have a housing requirement?
Many colleges have a housing requirement, and it is consistent with best practices in higher education. Research shows that students who live on campus are more likely to stay in school, complete a certificate or degree, and get the most out of their college experience. For every hour spent in class, you’ll spend two hours on homework or class projects, and you’ll need access to labs and equipment on campus. In addition, access to the library and tutoring services at the college are crucial to academic success. Finally, the weather in Vermont is unpredictable and can vary drastically from one region to another. You might leave home in sunshine and run into a storm or a change in temperature that results in dangerous driving conditions. This leads to safety concerns as students try to make it to class on time. For all of these reasons, we have found that our housing requirement benefits our students.
Can I get out of my housing contract?
The contract for college housing and dining is for one academic year unless otherwise specified. Under extraordinary circumstances, a student may be released from this obligation. You must send a written request (including appropriate supporting documentation) for termination of the housing contract to the College Housing Coordinator. Please note that you will incur a $100.00 cancellation fee if you are released from the housing contract. Students should not sign a lease without first being released from the housing contract.
Can I come back from break early, or stay on campus during break?
Generally, only students on an athletic team in season and/or who are employed on campus may return early or remain on campus during break. The housing office must be advised of the situation by the student’s supervisor or coach. If you are caught up in extraordinary circumstances, you should contact the housing coordinator before break to discuss your situation.
For Fall 2020, students living on campus for the duration of the semester cannot go home until Thanksgiving break. Students wishing to remain in the residence hall after Thanksgiving vacation cannot leave until the conclusion of their last final exam.
How does the room lottery work?
In the spring, students are assigned a lottery number based on the number of credits they have completed. Students with the highest number of credits choose rooms for the fall semester before students with a lower number of credits. On room lottery night, students pick a room and roommate based on their lottery number. Once you have picked a room, you must sign the contract and make arrangements to pay your housing deposit before spring semester ends in order to hold your space.
What will my mailing address be if I live on campus?
All residence halls have mail facilities in their lobbies, and students are assigned a mailbox at no charge. Students should check their mail weekly.
The address for letters is:
PO Box 500
Randolph Center, Vermont 05061.
For packages, please use:
124 Admin Drive
Randolph Center, Vermont 05061.
All packages will be delivered to Wilcox Facilities Center and students will receive an email when it is ready for pickup.
What should I bring to school with me, and what items are not allowed on campus?
What is the guest policy?
Students are allowed to have a guest twice a week, as long as this does not disturb your roommate. All guests must sign in with the Resident Assistant on duty. If the guest is under the age of 18, the Resident Director of the building they are visiting must confirm their campus visit request with a legal guardian.
No outside guests will be allowed during Fall 2020 due to COVID-19.
How are housing placements made?
First-year housing placements are made based on factors such as academic major, age, and mutual interests. The Housing Coordinator weighs all information provided by the student on their housing contract to determine the best roommate possible.