Dormitory Heating Systems

There are five main types of heating systems on campus. Locate your dorm in the table below and click on the "Type" heading to read about the type of heat that is applicable to your particular dorm.  Click on your dorm name to view specific instructions (if applicable) for your heating system.


Please see our Heating/Cooling page for info on heating season, temperature settings, how to operate dorm heating systems, and how to report heating problems.


Colleges turn to wood chips for heat — and education

Temperatures in Middlebury, Vermont, are expected to dip well below zero in the next few days. But students at Middlebury College should be cozy and warm — thanks in part to wood chips.

As part of a carbon-reduction initiative on campus, the college on Thursday expects to push the start button on its $12 million biomass gasification boiler. The facility, which sits in the middle of the campus, is projected to reduce the college’s heating oil consumption by a million gallons each year.

Getting a wood-chip boiler up and running is not easy. For Middlebury, there were three main concerns: the location of the plant, cost, and the availability of a fuel supply.