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     8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday
     Closed on UVM administrative holidays
     (802) 656-3434
     (802) 656-1142
     UVM Department of Residential Life
     406 South Prospect St.
     Robinson Hall
     Burlington, Vermont, 05405-0364

Community-Building at AFH

AFH is home to students from many different countries and states, and we work hard to build vibrant communities. Our students share academic goals and opportunities for personal and family growth. AFH is not just a place to sleep; it is a place to study, learn, grow, and build relationships across state and international borders. Come and explore our similarities and celebrate our differences.

Our residential education staff is responsible for community-building. Within 48 hours of your arrival at AFH, your community aide (CA) will stop by your apartment to say hello and arrange for a formal greeting within the next two weeks. CAs are part-time, para-professional staff who: greet new residents, offer community-building events, are on call when the office is closed, and work on the Cento resident newsletter. CAs also act as a liaison between residents and AFH office staff.

Examples of recent programs

  • Yoga
  • Zumba
  • Fort 5K
  • Community Circles
  • Culture Nights
  • Resumé Workshop
  • International Dessert Night
  • Play Group
  • Dinner and a Movie
  • Apple-Picking
  • Hiking
  • Reducing Stress
  • Refining Your Science Talk
  • Home-Buying Seminar
  • Welcome and End-of-Year BBQs

Resident Testimonials about Living at AFH (Compiled from Exit Surveys)

  • “Quiet environment for studies, community parties.”
  • “Safety! Community-oriented (many group/housing activities, park nearby etc.), free food @ events! Rent is a good price.”
  • “The children’s programs are great as are the cultural events, we all learned so much. Realistically, if we could have remained students for the rest of our lives we would have been completely at peace in our house. For all of us that home was our anchor, our safety, and a most difficult place to leave. The efforts of the combined staff to promote a culture of caring and community. The children benefit from this so much in a transient situation.”
  • “The garden, playgrounds, the neighbors …. The community of people/neighbors makes living there great.”
  • “Very good, nice neighborhood, helping people and great satisfaction being here along with all other students/married/with families.”
  • “Pet policy, community events, rental price.”
Last updated January 22nd, 2016