Students having fun on the engineering quadCongratulations on being #BoulderBound! Now that you’ve chosen to be a Buff, it’s time to choose housing for your first year on campus. At CU Boulder, we strive to provide exceptional and memorable living environments to our students, and you can learn all of our on-campus housing opportunity on the Housing & Dining Services’ website. If you’re unsure of your choices, you can start on the Explore Your Options page which lets you identify what type of student you are and then provides details on what factors you need to consider when making your selections.

The first step in choosing your housing is deciding what type of community you want to be a part of.  You have the option of living in a residential academic program (RAP), living and learning community (LLC), traditional community or other in-hall involvement opportunities. RAPs are communities where students attend smaller in-hall classes that reinforce an academic theme. LLCs are communities where students live in the same hall and engage in activities that reinforce a particular academic theme or general interest. Traditional communities are where students of diverse academic and social interests live in the same hall and engage in a traditional residence hall experience. This information is available in detail on our website under Get Involved. On the housing application you can choose six different housing preferences, so make sure to explore all the housing options available.

Once you are ready to apply, visit the Application Process section. Here you’ll find details on application timelines, contract types, roommate selection, room rates and other important factors that will help you start the application well prepared. 

The housing application is open and you can apply at any time. Residence hall rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-assigned basis so your application timeline will depend on when you successfully submit your housing application and pay the $300 deposit. If you apply before April 27, you can participate in the roommate selection process in June and July.

If you have any questions as you move through the application process, please contact us, we’re here to help! Go Buffs!

Occupancy Management:, 303-492-6673.


Sue James

Sue James
Web and Digital Media Manager
Housing & Dining Services