Resources: Student Life Opportunities


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.

Radio Stations

Tune into one of the dozens of radio stations in the Boulder and Denver metropolitan area. Radio 1190 is the student-run station of CU-Boulder. KGNU (FM 88.5) has been Boulder County’s independent, noncommercial community radio station for more than 25 years and offers volunteer opportunities.  and

Recreation Center

The Student Recreation Center is a student fee-funded facility with policy set by the UCSU Joint Board on Recreation Services (mostly a student group). The Student Recreation Center is open seven days a week for approximately 16 hours per day with most of the areas available for open recreation much of the time. Visit our website for a complete listing of the facilities and programs we offer—including the outdoor program and intramural and club sports.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Excellent downhill ski areas are a relatively short distance from Boulder. National forest and park service lands are open to cross-country skiers wherever there’s snow. Maps of national forest and park locations are available at retail stores specializing in mountain sports. Wherever you go, be alert to snow and weather conditions. Remember that storms might approach quickly during the winter, and the State Patrol might require chains or adequate snow tires for traveling on mountain roads. Drive and ski carefully!

Student Identification

The Buff OneCard is your official CU-Boulder student ID to be used for your entire career at CU-Boulder. The card is required as official verification of eligibility for many student privileges, including access to residence hall buildings, the Student Recreation Center, all campus libraries, Wardenburg Health Center, dining halls, tickets for athletics events, free use of RTD buses, and more. If you lose your card or believe it has been stolen call 303-492-1212 immediately to have the card deactivated. This prevents others from using it.


Buses. You don't need to park it—and all you need is your Buff OneCard to ride for free! Most buses run every 10 to 15 minutes during peak hours on weekdays and weekends, but schedules do vary.

University Memorial Center

Voted CU’s and Boulder’s Best Hangout, the UMC is visited by more than 12,000 people every day who come to grab a bite to eat, enjoy free entertainment, catch some sun by the fountain or on the rooftop, shop the retail stores, study, check email, bowl, play pool, and take care of banking, printing, and mailing. With a wide variety of student services and dozens of student group offices in the building, the UMC is an exciting center for community interaction and activism. At the UMC, diversity is celebrated through food, dance, art, music, and the free exchange of ideas.


Your vote is important! Whether it’s for the University of Colorado Student Government (CUSG), local, state, or national candidates, or issues, please exercise your right to vote. If you want to register to vote in the State of Colorado, you must meet the following requirements:

Winter in the Mountains

Boulder’s warm and sunny winter days may tempt you to hike, ski, or snowboard in lighter clothing. Remember that Colorado’s weather is very unpredictable and you may find yourself in a blizzard at 10,000 feet. Be prepared: hypothermia can set in quickly. Always bring along a warm hat and gloves and a jacket. 


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