Resources: Student Life Opportunities

Alcohol Use at the University

CU-Boulder is committed to excellence in all aspects of personal and academic life. Alcohol abuse and misuse is a significant impediment to achieving this excellence. Therefore, CU-Boulder permits only responsible, legal consumption of alcohol. The university complies with all federal, state, and local laws concerning alcohol and illegal drugs. As a CU-Boulder student, you are responsible for acquainting yourself with the laws and university policies regarding alcohol and illegal drugs.


On July 1, 2011, Colorado becomes one of two new members of the Pacific 12 Conference. CU-Boulder’s varsity intercollegiate athletics teams will now compete on an annual basis with Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, USC, UCLA, Utah (the other new school), Washington, and Washington State. Non-conference games are also scheduled every season in all sports.

Center for Multicultural Affairs

The Center for Multicultural Affairs (CMA) is a resource to students in providing advocacy, advising, support, and mentoring services aimed at increasing community, persistence, and empowerment of all students, using a particular lens of multiculturalism and social justice. A few of the programs offered by CMA are the Peer Mentor Program, First Generation Scholars Program, Diversity Awareness Trainings, White Ally Program, and Exploring Diversity Through Film Series.

Conference on World Affairs

The Conference on World Affairs, held each year during the second week of April, is the largest event in Boulder, attracting 92,000 students and visitors to over 200 sessions, all of which are free and open to the public. Roger Ebert, who was a participant for four decades, called it the “conference on everything conceivable,” as topics are hardly limited to international affairs.

Events Calendar

The University of Colorado Boulder Events Calendar is a comprehensive listing of events on campus, or associated with campus programs.

Food and Dining

Whether you’re in the mood for a burger and fries, ethnic food, vegetarian fare, or a luxurious meal, you’ll find a variety of meal plan options and services in several different on-campus dining venues. Several meal plans are available that offer maximum flexibility and service. Another option is the food service at the UMC, which offers a wide variety of fresh-made meals, bakery treats, restaurants, and catering to the university and Boulder communities.

Museums, Galleries, and Venues on Campus

CU-Boulder is fortunate to offer a variety of museums, galleries, and other on-campus attractions. The CU Art Museum, in the state-of-the-art Visual Arts Complex at the heart of campus, organizes year-round exhibitions of major national and international art in addition to showing work by regional artists and students. Visit the UMC Art Gallery to see contemporary exhibits by CU-Boulder graduate students.

Parking on Campus

If you plan to park frequently on campus, consider buying a parking permit. A lot will be assigned according to your living arrangement. Permits must be purchased online or in person at Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) and a pick-up location is announced for each semester. Campus parking meters are intended for short-term use. Maps of campus lots may be picked up at PTS or viewed on their website. PTS offers many options for university vehicles, the Buff Bus shuttle, the faculty/staff Eco Pass, and car share programs.


As a CU-Boulder student, you are part of the university and Boulder communities. Because of this, you have a responsibility to celebrate your accomplishments in a way that keeps your communities safe. Be safe, be successful, be a smart partier. Students living off campus can register their Friday or Saturday night parties with Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations.


College of Music  The College of Music presents over 400 events every year including guest appearances, faculty recitals, ensembles, and student recitals. The College of Music is also home to the popular CU Presents program, as well as the Golden Buffalo Marching Band, CU choirs, orchestras, and more. For a complete listing of upcoming College of Music events (many of which are free) visit the College of Music events calendar.


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