You should fly in to Albany International Airport, it will probably involve a couple of connections. In the past the Office of Student Life has coordinated travel from Albany to Bennington for International Students as you have your own special orientation before regular orientation. I would imagine they would contact you with details sooner to the date you arrive.
Students usually fly in to Albany International Airport but you will probably have to make a couple of connections, especially if you flying in from afar. The schedule for breaks is here.
Getting from Albany to Bennington can be kind of tricky but, as a student, there is a shuttle service you can book through the school or you can check out this website for alternative taxi/shuttle options and you can read Riley’s post on transportation here.
The sad truth is you have to shell out for a shuttle driver or rent a car to get here. Once you’re a student some services are provided through the school. You are probably not old enough to rent a car BUT if you are with your parents I recommend this option because then you can cruise around! Maybe you can find a student to pick you up but I wouldn’t count on it since we’re all in class on Monday and whatnot.
There are some shuttle and taxi services from Albany listed on this website under “Long distance shuttle providers”. I hope this helps! We promise you will have an awesome visit once you get here! Call if you have any more questions. (802)442-5401
There are two shuttles that run into town: a campus shuttle and the Green Mountain Express. Both run relatively regularly to any local stores you might need to visit.
The best bus, air, and train stations are in Albany NY, 45 minutes to an hour away. The campus runs a shuttle to Albany every weekend for a nominal fee.
Otherwise, a lot of people have a car and are usually pretty down to give rides for gas money. Especially if you’re nice.
Yes, the shuttle to Albany is available at the beginning and end of each term, as long as you reserve a spot in advance.
In terms of places for visitors to stay, there are many great spots all around town. Some staff favorites are: The Four Chimneys Inn, The Eddington House, The Alexandra Inn, and of course the Hampton Inn.
Through the school, it’s painless - just drop into student life and request a shuttle and a time. There is a fee associated with shuttle reservations - $35 roundtrip - and you can only get a departure shuttle for Thursday or Friday. Arrival shuttles are available for Sundays or Mondays.
I think it’s actually pretty rare to take the shuttle, though. Most car-enabled students can be coerced into taking the trip into Albany (or Mallbany as it’s just-as-frequently referred to) with a little effort. So I suppose how easy it is to find a ride depends on a) how many friends with cars you have and b) how charming you can be. I’m sure it won’t be too difficult!
“On Thursdays and Fridays, transportation is available to Albany (airport, bus station, and train station) and arranged through the Office of Student Life; on Sundays and Mondays, transportation from these locations to campus is also available. For more information, view the weekly shuttle schedule or contact Office of Student Life(x4330).”
I have a car, so I’m not positive how often it gets used. It seems like people ask me for rides a lot more than they ask Student Life, but I don’t think that’s true across the board. But there are a lot of people here with cars, so you can usually talk your friends into giving you rides for a little bit of love and gas money.
Yes! You can take the Green Mountain Express into town as well as to Manchester and Williamstown daily. You can look at their schedule here. Also, when the GME isn’t running (at night and Sunday), the school runs shuttles into town!
I’d say getting to Albany is relatively easy, there are good people on this campus who will drive you there for gas money or you can bribe them with McDonald’s and/or Crossett library paraphernalia.