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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

I always feel like I start any school related post with ... "it's that time of year." From finals to break... "it's that time of year." I'm about to do it again so bear with me! It's that time of year to start looking for housing next year! I currently live in Longmont, Colo., which is 25 minutes away from Boulder, but I am ready to live in Boulder my senior year!

I have been working with Boulder Property Management to find potential places. Since the management office rents many of the properties near campus, many students go through them. However, there are many other options available!

CU offers many helpful resources for students when it comes to finding the perfect apartment and house.

The housing and dining office has a branch-off department called Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations that posts information about everything you need to know finding a place to live in Boulder. You can check "Ralphie's List" to find postings for places. This is a great tool especially if you don't know where to start.

The same off-campus department also runs monthly "Off-Campus Housing Fairs" at the UMC. This is an opportunity for students to speak with landlords, representatives from apartment complexes and even management offices--such as Boulder Property Management. I've walked away from the fairs with handfuls of fliers!

In addition to the residence halls on campus, CU provides upper-classman living arrangements through Bear Creek Apartments. This complex is located off campus and provides the same amenities students would find living at any other apartment complex in town. The perk to Bear Creek is if you don't have any potential roommates to live with, you can fill out a personality profile, just as you did for the dorms, and they will match you with some roommates!

Again, finding the perfect place to live can be stressful especially when we have tests, homework and social lives to worry about. The last thing anyone has time for is searching through billions of rental postings. However, if you use the resources I've mentioned above, you will find searching for a place to live isn't that bad. It will take some time, but it is well worth it!

I have hyperlinked each of the places I'm talking about so feel free to click and explore some of the postings. That way you know what it feels like to be a student looking for housing! You'll get an idea of prices, location, etc. Don't tell your parents just yet... they might get a little scared.


Until next time,


Journalism and Communication • Longmont, Colorado