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Field Work Term Housing

If you opt to complete FWT someplace other than home, start by checking out these resources. If you get stuck, email fwt@bennington.edu or book a FWT advising appointment on Handshake.

  • The FWT Housing Resource Guide: This guide has suggestions for national/international search engines like Airbnb, VRBO and Craigslist; regional resources for major metropolitan areas like, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, DC; as well as tips for networking with landlords.
  • FWT Housing Board: Based on student suggestions, this Facebook group is a place to connect with other students to collaborate on finding places to stay during FWT.
  • Job listings with housing: Using Handshake, search by job type “Co-Op” to find FWT listings, then scroll to "Labeled by Your School" at the bottom of the job search filters and select the label "housing provided (FWT)." 
  • City-specific books and maps: Stop by the FWT & Career Development Office’s (Barn 112) to browse through our resource library.

Consider your housing options carefully when planning for FWT. Research rental costs and agreements, particularly in major metropolitan areas. The FWT Office strongly encourages you to have a parent or legal advisor review any lease or sublet agreement before signing it and to meet with the landlord if at all possible prior to entering a housing arrangement. For additional tips on renting, check out the FWT Housing Resource Guide.

On-Campus Housing

Due to the additional pressures of the pandemic and travel restrictions more broadly, we anticipate that more students will need to remain on campus for the duration of Winter Break & Field Work Term (FWT). The College is prepared to support a larger than usual number of students on campus.    

We need to work together to provide the safest experience for students whose only option is to remain on campus. The College will not be able to allow students who leave campus at the end of the term or during Winter Break to return to campus prior to the start of the Spring 2021 term (February 14). This is to minimize the risk of introducing the virus to the campus and to comply with recently updated Vermont mandatory guidance.   

Please note that all students staying for Winter Break and FWT will need to participate in a quarantine period at the beginning of the spring term with the students who are returning to campus.

If you have any questions, please be in touch with Student Life or Christine Winget (christinewinget@bennington.edu).