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Application for Residence Hall Housing
New freshman and transfer students receive information from Housing & Dining Services about applying for accommodations after they have confirmed their intent to attend the university. Housing assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. The earlier applications are submitted, the better chance students have of being assigned to the residence hall of their choice. (Please note that Housing & Dining Services does not guarantee assignment to a particular building or program, type of accommodation or a specific roommate.)
Note: Application for admission to the university and application for housing are two separate transactions. Application for housing does not guarantee admission to the university, nor does admission to the university guarantee that housing will be available. For information regarding admission notification and confirmation procedures, see the Undergraduate Admission section.
A $300 security deposit is required to apply for residence hall accommodations. (Deposit is subject to change.)
All housing contracts are for the full two-semester academic year or remainder thereof. An early termination of contract is subject to financial penalties as stated in the residence halls contract.
Housing Security Deposit
All students who live in the residence halls are required to pay a one-time security deposit of $300 This security deposit is held by Housing & Dining Services and is released to the tuition and fee account within 60 days after the expiration of the housing contract. Students who do not live in the residence hall for the entirety of the housing contract period or cancel their housing reservations forfeit the deposit.
The security deposit required for housing is in addition to the confirmation deposit required for admission to the university.
Living on campus in a university residence hall is considered an important part of student life. Over 7,000 students are accommodated in single rooms, double rooms, multiple occupancy rooms and apartments in 24 residence halls. All halls are coeducational and range in sizes from 100 to 500 students. Each fall the residence halls provide a new home for over 6,000 entering freshmen. Subject to the availability of space, all freshmen are required to live in a residence hall for two academic semesters (a summer term does not count as an academic semester), unless they are married or live with parents and have permission to commute. Requests for permission to reside off campus for other reasons are considered on their merits, taking into account individual circumstances.
The residence halls provide a range of services and programs designed to support the intellectual, social and personal growth of single student residents. All residence halls, for example, offer tutoring services to residents at no cost. Some halls offer special facilities, such as an academic skills lab or a music room. A variety of academic and social programs are sponsored by residence hall and other university staff.
The residence hall dining service hours are planned to be convenient for most students’ schedules. Campus Dining Services provides healthy food choices to diverse students which emphasizes convenience, value and variety. The dining program permits students (regardless of hall assignment) to eat in any residence hall dining center.
For more information about university housing options and/or permission to reside off campus, prospective students may contact Occupancy Management at firstname.lastname@example.org, Center for Community, room S300, 159 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0159.
Residential Academic Programs
A number of the residence halls are home to residential academic programs (RAPs), whereby students live in and take special classes in their hall that meet core curriculum and/or other course requirements. These special academic programs are described in the College of Arts and Sciences and Other Academic Programs sections. All of these programs charge additional $850 fees per academic year. They include:
- Baker RAP is designed for freshmen and sophomores in the College of Arts and Sciences interested in the natural sciences and environmental studies.
- CMCI/Communication RAP in Buckingham Hall offers 200 first- and second-year students a program to explore many different areas of communication, ranging from processes of face-to-face interaction to the impact of media and technology on daily life.
- Engineering Honors RAP in Andrews Hall provides educational experiences that match the abilities and ambitions of some the very best students at CU.
- Farrand RAP offers small seminar courses in the liberal arts taught by award-winning faculty selected to help create a close intellectual and social community. About 400 mostly first-year students from the College of Arts and Sciences participate. The program focuses on the study of the humanities within the larger frame of culture and society.
- Global Engineering RAP prepares engineering students for the new global conditions of the engineering professions through experiencing international culture, mastering a second language and gaining confidence with IT-driven international communication and collaboration.
- Global Studies RAP promotes the recognition of global interdependence, encourages the study of foreign languages and international affairs and emphasizes the value of international education. This year-long program is housed in Arnett Hall and connects participants with a peer group of students who have similar interests and goals. The staff is knowledgeable about CU-Boulder’s many international resources, and the faculty incorporate international work into their teaching and research.
- Health Professions RAP, located in Kittredge West, accomodates approximately 225 students. This community is ideal for students interested in exploring coursework and career options in the health professions such as practitioners, researchers or policymakers. Courses offered include a mix of natural science, social science and general education courses appropriate for first- and second-year students interested in study or careers related to health care or health care policy.
- Honors RAP is the residential component of the Honors Program of the College of Arts and Sciences. It promotes and sustains academic excellence within a lively community setting. Students take one, onsite, seminar-style three-hour course each semester. Beyond the classroom, Honors RAP offers a variety of co-curricular and student-led activities that enhance the learning experience. It is open to approximately 335 first-year and continuing honors-qualified students. Participants live in Smith Hall.
- Leadership RAP is dedicated to the study and practice of leadership for the purpose of educating culturally competent leaders who champion an ethic of civic and social responsibility. The Leadership RAP offers two studies programs: the Ethnic Living and Learning Community Leadership Studies Program (ELLC) and the Chancellor’s Leadership Studies Program (CLSP). Both these programs are housed in Kittredge Central.
- Leeds Business RAP (Leeds RAP) is a targeted community that is comprised exclusively of students who are business majors. Leeds RAP seeks to build individuals who are well-rounded, prepared, engaged and equipped to succeed in 21st century workplaces and take roles as global leaders. Located in Cheyenne Arapaho Hall, where students in the program develop supportive relationships with faculty and staff, including an in-house academic advisor, as well as with peer mentors.
- Libby Arts RAP (LRAP) is designed primarily for first- and second-year College of Arts and Sciences students interested in the arts. LRAP offers a curriculum in the arts, including visual arts, theatre and dance, film studies and writing. The program also offers a variety of courses that fulfill university core requirements from a number of disciplines including economics, art history and integrative physiology. In addition to small class sizes in a living and learning environment, co-curricular activities provide a sense of community and a unique opportunity to interact with faculty and LRAP advisors across art disciplines.
- Sewall Residential Program is a co-educational program for first- and second-year students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences or the Leeds School of Business who have an interest in the study of history and culture. Its award-winning faculty offer small seminar-style courses and a variety of co-curricular activities and outreach opportunities that emphasize the connections between modern culture and its historical roots.
- Sustainable by Design Residential Academic Program (SbD) offers unique interdisciplinary educational opportunities in a residential community setting. The program will help to develop students who are globally focused leaders, well-versed in both the technical and societal aspects of sustainable designs. Along with its program partner, Sustainability and Social Innovation (SSI), SbD creates a shared vocabulary and literacy to enable students to develop successful approaches to meeting emerging challenges to human society and the planet. Open to all majors.
- Sustainability and Social Innovation (SSI) includes interdisciplinary faculty and students interested in developing innovative, self-sustaining solutions for critical social environmental issues around the globe. Small courses emphasize collaborative problem-solving and hands-on projects. Core classes relevant to the SSI focus are available. Open to all majors.
Living and Learning Communities
Living and Learning Communities (LLCs) also enhance the learning environment. Several communities offer themed housing without the formal connection to faculty found with the RAPs.
- Active Living offers students in Darley North a living community in which all participants strive to lead an intentionally active lifestyle. Events in the program inspire the holistic development of mind, body and spirit. Ultimately, Active Living participants aim to achieve academic success and fulfillment of their personal needs and goals.
- Be First is designed for freshman, first generation students, providing both academic and social events to help develop community and impart skills to create a successful college experience. By invitation only.
- The Hallett CommUNITY is a community that provides a safe space for students to talk and learn more about social justice issues through conferences, events and dialogue. This program partners with the Spectrum Living & Learning Community.
- The Quadrangle Engineering and Sciences Living and Learning Community is comprised of students studying engineering, applied science or mathematics who live in Aden, Brackett, Cockerell or Crosman halls. This program offers residents on-site tutoring, access to a computer lab configured to match that in engineering computer labs, enhanced academic support services, wireless computer access and calculus work groups in residence. An additional fee of $130 per academic year was charged in 2015–16 to cover support activities (fee is subject to change).
- Spectrum, part of the Hallett CommUNITY LLC, offers a variety of social and educational activities including leadership opportunities. Spectrum is designed to provide a supportive place for individuals of all sexual identities including gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people and their allies. The Spectrum living area has gender neutral bathrooms.
- Transfer WEST (Welcoming Exceptional Students in Transition) is a unique social, academic and resource community just for transfer students. Participants have previously attended other universities or colleges but are new to CU. The program hosts various social events and activities as well as academic advisement and career-oriented programs geared to help transfer students be successful at CU-Boulder.
Room and Board Rates per Semester
Residence hall room and board rates per person, per semester, for the 2015–16 academic year were as follows:
19 meals/week and double room: $6,597
19 meals/week and single room: $7,601
Different meal plans are available. A modest rate increase should be expected for the 2016–17 year.
Graduate & Family Housing
The university’s Children’s Center provides daycare for the children of family housing residents, staff and faculty. For information on applying to Graduate & Family Housing, visit their website at housing.colorado.edu/residences/graduate-family; write the Graduate & Family Housing Office, 1350 20th Street, #A10, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO 80302; call 303-492-6384; or email email@example.com.
Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations
Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations (a service of CUSG) maintains listings of apartments, houses and rooms for rent in the Boulder area. Currently enrolled students may view listings and connect with potential roommates on Ralphie’s List, CU’s rental database at offcampushousing.colorado.edu. The office also maintains a detailed list of apartments and property management companies available for download or pickup in the office.
The department has a staff attorney available on Tuesdays and Fridays to advise students about leases, security deposits, maintenance issues and roommate and landlord conflicts.
Office assistants will help students locate properties and answer questions about the surrounding neighborhoods.
During the spring semester, the office sponsors two off-campus housing fairs where landlords, property managers and related businesses offer their services to students in a tradeshow fashion.
For additional information, call 303-492-7053 or visit offcampushousing.colorado.edu. Office hours are 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday. Summer hours are 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Note: First-year students must receive written permission from Housing & Dining Services before obtaining off-campus accomodations for the fall and spring semesters of their first year, as well as for the summer session preceding their fall start date.