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    The University of Colorado Boulder and the City of Boulder are looking forward to having you as part of the larger community. Boulder is a wonderful place to live and we hope that you take full advantage of the amazing community you will be living in this year. We also hope that you will make an effort to be active in your neighborhoods through volunteering, joining neighborhood groups and participating in local politics. There is a very large student population in Boulder and you can make a difference.

    Living in a university town can be challenging at times because of the diversity of its residents. Boulder’s neighborhoods are comprised of not only students, but permanent residents. You may be living next door to young professionals, families with small children, or retired couples. It is important to appreciate the different voices and opinions that exist in such a dynamic environment. For this reason, we encourage you to get to know your neighbors and respect the diversity you both bring to the community. You play an important role in creating the type of community you want to live in and in establishing mutual respect and understanding amongst your neighbors.

    While living on your own is very exciting, there are many responsibilities that come along with the experience. Save yourself some time, money and stress by becoming aware of the city ordinances that apply to you, as well as your rights and responsibilities described in your lease. Make sure that you know when your trash and recycling are picked up, when you need to shovel your sidewalk in the winter and mow your lawn in the summer. Noise is also an issue in a university town, so know at what point you need to be quiet during the evenings.

    There are plenty of resources to help you navigate your off-campus experience such as your Student Government, Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations, Student Legal Services, and the City of Boulder. We hope that you utilize these resources to answer your questions as well as to voice your opinions about the university and community. It is the best way to initiate change or to support something that you like or appreciate.

    We truly hope that you make the most of your time at the University of Colorado and in the Boulder community. It is one of the most beautiful places to live with many opportunities to become a part of the community. The experience that you have in Boulder and at CU is ultimately up to you. Contribute as much as you can and enjoy yourself.

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We have organized here many campus and community based resources that might help you as you navigate life as an off-campus Buff and settle into your new home. We always encourage and welcome you to contact us at 303.492.7053, via email at och@colorado.edu, or via LiveChat here on our website if we can answer any questions or assist you further. Click on the links below each resource to download the full-size document.



Hey Neighborhood Card

Hey Neighbors Card 



Fire Safety Card

Fire Safety Checklist



Bear Safety Card

Bear Safety Card



COVID-19 Roommate Checklist

Roommate Checklist