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One of the best things about college is that you have access to a TON of free resources, activities and support.

Be sure to take advantage of these ten free wellness activities before you graduate.


1. Sign up for a free nutrition consultation

Meet with a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) for a free consultation to answer your general nutrition questions, and discuss things like eating habits, meal planning, sports nutrition, lifestyle changes and more. Sessions are available at the Nutrition Resource Clinic in the Main Student Recreation Center on campus. 

If you have private health insurance, you can attend up to two consultation sessions for free each semester. Students with the CU Boulder Anthem Gold Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) can access additional nutrition counseling services for free.  

Learn more about nutrition services


2. Get free, same day mental health support

Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) offers a wide variety of same-day support, including: 

  • Drop-in screenings: Stop by the CAPS office in the C4C (N352) during drop-in hours to speak with one of their counselors for free. They’ll be able to connect you with a variety of mental health services on and off campus.  
  • Let’s Talk: Need to talk through something? Join CAPS at a variety of campus locations for a free, informal conversation. All Let’s Talk sessions are confidential and you can attend as many as you’d like throughout the semester. 
  • Workshops: CAPS workshops are a great free way to learn how to manage stress and anxiety, learn about mindfulness, practice meditation and address topics like climate change.  
  • Groups: Are you looking to improve your social skills or learn how to cope with a specific concern? Consider joining one of the many free therapy groups CAPS offers. 

Learn more about CAPS

3. Take a snooze in a nap pod

Feeling groggy or tired between classes?  

Stop by one of the Relaxation Stations on campus . Each location has two nap pods that will lull you to sleep with a comfortable cushioned seat, customized sleep playlists and a gentle waking sequence. No reservation required, just drop by. 

Nap pod locations: 

  • Main Student Recreation Center (main floor) 
  • Wellness Suite in Wardenburg Health Center (3rd floor) 
  • Norlin Library (1st floor) 
  • Gemmill Engineering, Mathematics and Physics Library (basement) 

Learn more about nap pods

4. Get moving at Free Friday Power Hour

Kickoff the weekend with free group fitness classes at the Rec Center! Classes vary from week to week, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to try something new or stick to what you love. 

Free Friday Power Hour is open to all Rec Center members with an active Buff OneCard. No registration required.  

Learn more about free classes

5. Reach your goals with Peer Wellness Coaching

Need help connecting with others on campus or meeting your academic goals? 

Peer wellness coaches are fellow students who are available to help you identify your goals, connect with campus resources and take steps to achieving them! Coaching is available for free to all undergraduate and graduate students. 

Topics include: 

  • Finances 
  • Academics 
  • Relationships 
  • Self-care 
  • Time management 
  • Careers 
  • Sleep 

Learn more about peer wellness coaches

6. Have fun with Inclusive Rec

The Rec offers free inclusive events to help students build an inclusive, welcoming and fun community on campus. They host a variety of activities throughout the semester for all identities, abilities and fitness levels. 

Join them to meet new people, try something new or put yourself out there in a safe, non-judgmental atmosphere.  

Learn more about Inclusive Recreation

7. Get ready to get busy

Looking to hookup with a new partner or crush?  

Be sure to stop by the free condom bar to pick up a variety of safer sex supplies, like condoms, dental dams, lube and more. Supplies are located near the Sexual and Reporductive Health office on the first floor of Wardenburg Health Center. Students are welcome to take what they want, no questions asked. 

Learn more about sexual health

8. Boost your resume

Looking to stand out on job applications? 

Health and Wellness Services provides a number of free training opportunities for students to build and practice new skills related to health and wellness topics.  

You can even earn a non-degree certificate by attending five training sessions as part of the WellCU series. 

Learn more about trainings

Published: Sept. 8, 2023