Arrival and Upcoming Year

Getting Started: A Guide to Planning Your Arrival and Upcoming Year

Welcome Activities

We look forward to welcoming you to Bennington and giving you and your fellow students some time to get to know each other and the area before embarking on your studies. Below is a schedule of activities to kick off the year—we hope you will be able to arrive in time to join us.

Whenever you arrive, check in at Campus Safety (open 24 hours a day) for your welcome packet. For those who are planning to live in College housing for the summer, your room keys and directions will be included.

  • June 12, 9:00 AM | College housing opens
  • June 14, 1:00 PM | Campus tour, meet at Cricket Hill porch
  • June 14, 2:00 PM | Walk to Park-McCullough Mile-Around Woods (weather permitting—be sure to wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes)
  • June 14, 5:00 PM | BBQ with faculty and staff, Dickinson Science Building patio 
  • June 15, 9:00 AM | Classes begin with Chemistry I: Chemical Principles with Dr. Janet Foley

Campus Identification Card (The Bennington Card)

The Bennington Card is the official identification card of Bennington College. Issued to all members of the College community, it is required for identification, access to essential campus services and residential houses, and offers a convenient prepaid spending account for making cashless purchases around campus. To access your account, go to the cardholder account center. To ensure that your Bennington Card is ready when you arrive on campus we ask that all students submit a passport or headshot photograph via email to studentlife@bennington.edu preferably in .jpg format. Please be sure to name your photo with your complete name. The subject line for your email should read: New student photo attached for (your name here). If you do not have the means to email your photo, you may wait until your arrival on campus. The Information Technology office will photograph you. For more information or to add money to your account, visit the Bennington Card information webpage.

Meals

Bennington College offers meal plans structured specifically for postbac students. These meal plans are available each term, though summer offerings are limited. Student Center and Dining Hall hours change throughout the year and are posted on the offices directory. For more information about meal plans and to enroll, visit the Bookstore in the Barn or contact the Bookstore at 802-440-4361.

Graduate Housing and Vehicles

College housing is available during the summer term only. We maintain limited information on local rental contacts to assist you in your search for off-campus housing. Contact the Postbac program for more information. You can also research rental opportunities on the chamber of commerce website, the Bennington Banner (local newspaper), and on craigslist.

Summer housing is offered at one of two locations
  • Welling Townhouse: A 19th-century furnished Victorian with a large kitchen (with two refrigerators), spacious common room, 12 roomy single, furnished bedrooms, and a big yard. The kitchen is stocked with some cookware, dishes, and utensils. Students are welcome to bring favorite items as well. There are coin-operated laundry machines in the basement, free wifi, and off-street parking. The house is located less than a mile from campus in the village of North Bennington—home to some great restaurants, pubs, convenience and specialty stores, and recreational possibilities including Lake Paran (a popular spot for swimming, boating, and fishing) and hiking trails.
  • Longmeadow: An early 20th-century farmhouse at the north end of campus, with sweeping views of the College and the valley beyond. With amenities similar to Welling Townhouse, Longmeadow is equidistant between Dickinson Science Building and the village of North Bennington.

To reserve an on-campus space, print and fill out the rental agreement and mail it to the address on the form, along with a deposit check payable to Bennington College.

Housing and Vehicle Basics

Safety

Campus Safety officers are on duty 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to provide protection and assistance to all members of the College community. In addition, Campus Safety enforces non-academic rules and regulations established by the College, oversees vehicle registration, and works to promote a cooperative and safe environment for students, faculty, and staff living on campus. Campus Safety personnel regularly make rounds of all College buildings and patrol the campus. For more information regarding safety on campus, contact Campus Safety, 802-440-4420.

Guests

Your guests must sign in with Campus Safety upon arrival. The College's complete guest policy is outlined in the Student Handbook.

Furnishings

Student rooms are approximately 10'x13', with variations depending on the architecture of the house. You will have the following furnishings for your room:

  • Twin-size bed (extra long mattress, box spring, and frame)
  • Desk and chair
  • Bookcase
  • Dresser
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Internet access (wired and wireless)

Note: College furnishings cannot be removed from student rooms and storage space is limited, so you are strongly discouraged from bringing large furnishings (e.g. sofa, futon, etc.) with you to campus.

Permitted Items

  • Microwaves, mini-fridges, hair dryers, electric aroma diffusers, and solar/battery-powered twinkle lights are allowed to be used in your room—other plug-in devises (e.g., hair irons, clothing irons, rice cookers, electric kettles, Keurig coffee makers, etc.) can only be used in the bathrooms and kitchens
  • Seasonal clothing (heavy coat, hat, boots, gloves, and rain gear)
  • Bedding—pillow, comforters, blankets, mattress cover, and linens (all beds require twin extra-long sheets)
  • Hangers
  • Towels and shower caddy
  • Toiletries
  • Laundry bag/basket and detergent
  • Iron
  • Pictures, posters, and other decorative items (can be hung with sticky tack or small push pins)
  • Alarm clock
  • Lamps (desk, floor)—lamps are not furnished and most rooms in the Colonial Houses do not provide overhead lighting; 13-watt or 19-watt compact fluorescent light bulbs are encouraged, or incandescent bulbs of 60 watts or less
  • Power strips (UL listed only); extension cords are not permitted
  • Computer; see recommended standards
  • Stereo equipment
  • Dorm-sized refrigerator (less than 3 cubic feet); refrigerators are also available in house kitchens
  • TV and VCR/DVD player; cable television is not provided in student rooms or houses
  • Area rugs
  • Broom and other cleaning supplies
  • Bicycle and lock
  • White-noise machine (if you're sensitive to noise)

Prohibited Items

If you have any questions about specific items or are unsure if something is prohibited or allowed, please do not hesitate to email housing@bennington.edu.

  • Pets (other than fish)
  • Hot plate or other appliances with an exposed heating element
  • Halogen lamps
  • Electric, kerosene, or gas heaters
  • Air conditioners
  • Any heavy-use appliance that exceeds 1,000 watts
  • Candles or incense of any kind (Note: Possession of such will result in fines and disciplinary action. Electric aroma diffusers are a safe alternative.)
  • Firearms/weapons
  • Hoverboards
  • Plug-in twinkle lights (there are many solar/battery-powered twinkle light alternatives)

Vehicle Registration

  • Automobiles: All incoming students are welcome to bring a vehicle with them to campus. There is a $60 fee per term for a parking permit. All vehicles must be registered with Campus Safety on arrival. In order to register a vehicle, students must bring the following required documents:
    • Valid operator’s license
    • Valid vehicle registration
    • Proof of insurance (the State of Vermont requires proof of insurance to be carried on all vehicles)

There will be a member of Campus Safety available to assist you when you check in on campus, 9:00 am–5:00 pm. Questions regarding vehicles may be referred to Director of Campus Safety Ken Collamore (x4420 or 802-442-4420 from off campus).

  • Bicycles: If you bring your bike to campus, you are encouraged to register your bike with Campus Safety. Bicycles must be stored either in bike racks outside the houses or in your room. During Field Work Term, free storage space is available on campus for bicycles.

How to get here (travel and shuttle)

The Office of Student Life will provide shuttle service from/to the Albany airport, train, and bus station. Reservations, including payment, for this service are due by noon on Monday, June 5, for incoming shuttles, and by noon on Monday, August 14, for departing shuttles. Checks must be received by the reservation deadline. Cancellations made after the deadline are nonrefundable. Add funds to your Bennington Card (you will need your five-digit student ID number).

If you are delayed for any reason, inform the shuttle driver or Campus Safety of any changes to your itinerary immediately to avoid delaying other riders.

Passengers are responsible for the shuttle fee for all reservations not canceled prior to the deadline.

Shuttles

Please use these pickup times to coordinate your arrival in Albany in order to avoid longer waiting times. To make a reservation, use this reservation form.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Departs from Albany to Bennington College
  • Train Station at noon
  • Bus Station at 12:25 PM
  • Airport at 1:00 PM
  • Arrives on campus approximately 2:15 PM
  • Train Station at 4:00 PM
  • Bus Station at 4:25 PM
  • Airport at 5:00 PM
  • Arrives on campus approximately 6:15 PM
  • Train Station at 8:00 PM
  • Bus Station at 8:25 PM
  • Airport at 9:00 PM
  • Arrives on campus approximately 10:15 PM

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Departs from Albany to Bennington College
  • Train Station at noon
  • Bus Station at 12:25 PM
  • Airport at 1:00 PM
  • Arrives on campus approximately 2:15 PM
  • Train Station at 6:00 PM
  • Bus Station at 6:25 PM
  • Airport at 7:00 PM
  • Arrives on campus approximately 8:15 PM

Reserve Your Shuttle

Coordinating your own ride

If you need or prefer to coordinate a ride yourself, OR if you are coming in early or late and need a way to get to Bennington, please contact

  • AJ Private Transportation, 802-688-3875
  • Carmen's Car Service, 802-442-6050
  • Yellow Cab, 518-434-2222 (from the bus or train station)

The cost of a one-way trip from Albany is about $100.00, excluding gratuity (check details when you call). If the carpooling effort works out you might be able to split the cost two or three ways. Confirm the cost of the trip when you make the reservation.

Bus Lines

  • Vermont TransLines (Albany/Bennington/Burlington)—approximate cost $7.50
    • Departs from downtown Bennington/Pleasant Street bus station
    • Daily, 11:30 am (arrives Albany 12:30 pm) and 3:30 pm (arrives Burlington, VT 7:30 pm)
  • Yankee Trails Bus, 800-822- 2400 (Bennington to Albany)
    • Departs from downtown Bennington, intersection of School and Main Streets
    • Weekdays, 11:05 am (arrives Albany 12:50 pm) and 7:25 pm (arrives Albany 9:05 pm)

Local shuttle services

During the week, a local service, GMX (Green Mountain Express), supplies shuttle service to and from the campus to the towns of Bennington, North Bennington, Williamstown, and Manchester. This service is free to all Bennington students with a valid/current College ID.

Useful contacts

Shuttle Fee

The $35.00 fee can be paid by cash, check, or Bennington Card declining balance (in the Office of Student Life). If you have more than two bags, there will be a $10.00 fee for each extra bag. Reservations made after deadlines will be subject to a $10.00 late fee. Please note: If you ride without a reservation, the fare will increase to $60.00.

Refunds

The $35.00 fee is nonrefundable after the shuttle deadline unless otherwise specified by the Office of Student Life.

Missing the Shuttle

If your plans change on the day of travel, as soon as you become aware of a change or delay you must contact Campus Safety or Green Mountain Express (according to your confirmation email). If your call is not immediately answered, be certain to leave a callback number, along with your name and a brief message explaining your situation, and to leave your phone turned on to receive the callback. Your message will be returned within 20 minutes, and any pertinent information will be relayed to the driver. This ensures that the shuttle does not wait unnecessarily, and allows you to see what other arrangements can be made.

Additional fees resulting from schedule changes are the responsibility of the passenger.

Delays and Cancellations

Arrival times are subject to change due to unforeseen delays (weather, traffic, etc.), and passengers should be sure to factor such possibilities into their travel plans. Bennington College is not responsible for missed trains, buses, or planes due to shuttle delays.

Please note: The driver is only able to wait for late arrivals for up to 15 minutes past the pickup time before departing. In the event of a shuttle delay or cancellation due to inclement weather, passengers will be notified at the number provided with your reservation two hours prior to the scheduled pickup.