In April 2018, the CU Boulder Graduate School partnered with Institutional Research to send a housing survey to 4874 graduate students via an online survey platform. At the close of the survey, 1676 students had responded, yielding a response rate of over 34%. Not every respondent answered every question. Results of the survey are given below.
What is your current status regarding housing?
|Actively searching for options for different housing||19.96||321|
|Satisfied with current housing but looking for new options||28.67||461|
|Satisfied with current housing and not looking for new options||51.37||826|
Where do you currently live?
How far do you live from campus?
|Less than 5 miles||63.93||902|
|5 to 10 miles||11.34||160|
|11 to 15 miles||8.79||124|
|More than 15 miles||15.95||225|
How much do you spend per month on rent?
The estimated average monthly housing cost for students who report living off-campus is $970. Monthly rents reported by respondents ranged between $100 and $3200. This includes students who report living alone as well as students with up to 3 roommates who share expenses. Students who report living on campus estimate their housing costs to be about $860 dollars a month.
Compared to your expectations, how easy was it to find your current housing?
|Much easier than expected||7.57||119|
|Somewhat easier than expected||12.09||190|
|About as easy/difficult as I expected||38.10||599|
|Somewhat more difficult than I expected||25.19||396|
|Much more difficult than I expected||17.05||268|
Have you used resources available to graduate students through CU to find housing?
|I was not aware there were CU resources for graduate students to find housing||29.47||465|
What resources available to CU did you use or look into?
|Off-Campus student services||12.53||177|
|Bear Creek Apartments||8.63||122|
|Boulder Property Management||10.54||149|
Which of the following resources were helpful to you? (Select all that apply.)
|Off-Campus student services||9.39||69|
|Bear Creek Apartments||2.18||16|
|Boulder Property Management||5.58||41|
|None of these resources were helpful||22.45||165|
How many people factor into your need for housing?
|Myself and one other person||43.05||678|
|Three or more people||15.05||237|
Please rate the importance of the following factors when selecting housing.
(Displayed in percentages. Percentages above 25% are bold to show trends.)
|Question||Extremely important||Very important||Moderately important||Slightly important||Not at all important|
|Distance from campus||35.73||34.34||22.74||4.88||2.31|
|Type of housing (house/apt, # of bedrooms)||20.38||34.91||28.8||11.64||4.27|
|Quality of housing||19.82||41.01||31.67||6.12||1.38|
|Access to transportation||28.72||31.42||24.44||9.88||5.53|
|Proximity to other interests such as entertainment venues, outdoor spaces, etc.||9.01||19.41||33.42||27.7||10.46|
|Resources for identifying and matching roommates||8.05||13.07||18.09||15.91||44.88|
|Ability to have pet(s)||24.26||10.02||12.46||12.33||40.94|
(Total number of responses. Responses yielding percentages above 25% are bold to show trends.)
|Question||Extremely important||Very important||Moderately important||Slightly important||Not at all
|Distance from campus||542||521||345||74||35||1517|
|Type of housing (house/apt, # of bedrooms)||310||531||438||177||65||1521|
|Quality of housing||301||623||481||93||21||1519|
|Access to transportation||436||477||371||150||84||1518|
|Proximity to other interests such as entertainment venues, outdoor spaces, etc.||137||295||508||421||159||1520|
|Resources for identifying and matching roommates||122||198||274||241||680||1515|
|Ability to have pet(s)||368||152||189||187||621||1517|
What is your age?
|Older than 30||21.03|
What additional resources/assistance would you like to see with regard to graduate student housing? (Select all that apply.)
|Information about the City of Boulder and Boulder community on the Graduate School website||37.93||690|
|More options for connections between graduate students regarding housing||45.85||834|
|Other (please specify in the box below)||16.22||295|