Housing & Dining


We want you to feel comfortable in what for most of you is your first home away from home. With our combination of breathtaking mountain views, stunning architecture and exciting residential academic programs and living and learning communities, we strive to deliver one of the best on-campus living experiences in the country.

Residence Hall Living

First-year students are required to live in a residence hall for two semesters while transfer students can choose this option if space is available. This is a valuable part of building the foundation for a successful college experience. Here are some of the amenities and benefits you can expect:

  • Furnished rooms
  • Utilities, including internet, telephone and basic cable TV service
  • Combination microwave oven, freezer and refrigerator
  • Academic tutoring, advising and personal counseling
  • Support of resident advisors (RAs)
  • Quiet study areas
  • Flexible meal plans
  • Student Work Assistance Program (SWAP)
  • Free night-time transportation from CU NightRide
  • Advanced locking and fire safety systems
  • Police patrol of grounds and parking lots

Read more about residence hall living >

Residential Academic Programs

Students live together in the same residence hall, share academic experiences by participating in seminar classes taught in the residence halls, have access to faculty offices within the residence halls and engage in residence hall activities that reinforce the academic theme. The program is coordinated by a faculty director, and is generally focused on first-year students.

  • Enhanced academic curriculum
  • Full time faculty director
  • Classroom space in the residence hall
  • Upper-division mentors
  • Enhanced program activities

Baker RAP—Interdisciplinary curriculum in the natural sciences, prehealth and environmental studies.

Leeds RAP—Focus on becoming a well-rounded, prepared and engaged global leader equipped to succeed in twenty-first century workplaces.

Communication and Society RAP—Explore complex social problems and challenges of communication in contemporary society.

Engineering Honors RAP—Provide educational experiences that match the abilities and ambitions of some of the very best students at CU.

Farrand RAP—Emphasis on liberal arts, particularly humanities and cultural studies, taught by award-winning faculty.

Global Engineering RAP—Focus on engineering and Spanish.

Global Studies RAP—Focused on global interdependencies and promoting international understanding.

Health Professions RAP—Emphasis on academic preparation for careers in the health professions.

Honors RAP—Provide a high-powered, intellectual environment while combining the community of a small liberal arts college with the advantages of a large research university.

Leadership RAP—Study leadership from a multicultural and global perspective.

Libby Arts RAP—Interdisciplinary curriculum in the arts, including visual arts, theater and dance, music and film studies.

Sewall RAP—Engage complex connections between the present and the past, between local places and our global society and between the arts and sciences.

Sustainability and Social Innovation RAP—Bringing together students from across all disciplines to study a variety of entreprenueurial practices that foster social innovation.

Sustainable by Design RAP—Provide students enrolled in any course of study the opportunity to live in a creative, sustainable living environment while earning academic credit for their degree.

Off-Campus Housing

After freshman year, students typically live in apartments, condominiums or houses in Boulder. Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations maintains listings of rentals in the Boulder community.

Family Housing

A variety of furnished and unfurnished apartments are available for students with families. Discover more >

Dining Options

Students in cafe in C4C

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.