On-campus housing provides students with more than just a place to live. Housing & Dining Services (HDS) supports students in finding community and meeting academic goals. Our mission is to provide students a home away from home where they can thrive.
Residence hall communities are designed primarily for first- and second-year students. There are many residential programs and experiences for students beginning their academic journey. Each floor in the residence halls has a Resident Advisor (RA). This is an upper-division student trained with information and resources to assist residents.
Bear Creek Apartments are for upper division undergraduate students who still want the convenience and community of living on campus, but are looking for the independence of apartment living.
Students need to complete the housing application to select residence hall and meal plan preferences. There are 10- and 12-month housing contracts with some residence halls that allow students to stay during winter and/or summer breaks. All students are allowed to stay in the residence halls for fall and spring breaks.
Once your student has received a housing assignment, they may request a room change both before and after move-in. Visit the application timeline page to learn more about housing assignments and roommate selections.
Students can opt-in to Residential Experience programs. These include Residential Academic Programs (RAPs) and Living & Learning Communities (LLCs).
By joining a RAP, students will:
- Live together in the same residence hall.
- Share academic experiences through seminar classes taught in the residence hall.
- Have access to faculty offices within the residence hall.
- Engage in residence hall activities that reinforce the academic theme.
The program is coordinated by a faculty director and is generally focused on first-year students.
With LLCs, students live together in the same residence hall and engage in activities that reinforce an academic or special interest theme. LLCs include Active Living, Engineering, Spectrum and more.
The HDS website has information about:
- What to bring
- What not to bring
- What is provided in the residence halls.
We recommend that students wait to view their rooms with the furniture provided before requesting a loft. Our standard bed height meets most students’ needs for storage and space. View pictures and learn more about lofting beds.
Students are not allowed to make any alterations or semi-permanent installations in their room. The Residence Hall Handbook has a full list of prohibited items for ooms. The most common prohibited items are:
- Flags larger than three feet by three feet
- Candles or other open flames
- Drugs and alcohol.
Students can review the schedule of move-in dates and times that is based on the residence halls. This schedule helps manage the amount of traffic and people on campus during move-in. During their scheduled move-in period, students will receive support at quick drop stations. Volunteers will help unload cars and transport items to their room.
Students who would like to move in early may do so by filling out the Early Arrival application and paying a non-refundable fee of $61. Early arrivals may only move in on Aug. 19 between 1 - 3:30 p.m. No exceptions will be made on these days or times. Students can also move in early as part of pre-arrival programs.
Students should receive their mailing address in the same email that told them their housing assignment. They also should receive the address when they pick up their mail key. Student mailing addresses generally look like this:
[Box No.] [Hall Name]
[Residence Hall Street Address]
Boulder, CO 80310
If your student is living on campus, packages will be delivered to the UPS store servicing their area of campus. These are located in Kitteridge Central hall, Cheyenne-Arapaho hall or the Village Center. The student will receive an email and a slip in their mailbox notifying them that a package is waiting at their UPS store.
All residence halls have electronic key card access. External doors, interior living areas and individual room doors require coded access cards. Students are issued these at check-in. Students are asked to promote security by not propping doors or letting non-residents into the building.
Residents have access to a 24-hour front desk staffed by community assistants (CAs) that provide security and assistance. Resident advisors (RAs) live in the building and oversee a wing or floor.
As in any area where 400+ people may live, there is always the possibility of theft. Insurance policies are not required for students. However, students are encouraged to carry their own personal property insurance while living in the residence halls. Students are strongly encouraged to lock their rooms when they leave, even for a few minutes.
Residents are automatically signed up to receive emergency notifications. Students will receive Rave Alerts in the event of campus closures, extreme weather and other emergencies. Notifications are sent via text and email. They are also available on the web and the campus info telephone line.
The Academic Success and Achievement Program (ASAP) offers free tutoring for:
- Any student living in the residence halls
- Any student living in Bear Creek Apartments
- First-year commuting students
Tutoring is offered in variety of subjects and in locations all over campus.
All students are allowed to stay in the residence halls for fall and spring breaks. For winter and summer breaks, most students are not allowed to stay in the residence halls. There are 10 and 12-month housing contracts available in select residence halls that allow students to stay during winter and/or summer breaks.
Students living in the residence halls must have a meal plan, and there are a variety of meal plan options to fit your student’s needs. Meal plan fees are included in the room and board rates.
If your student runs out of Munch Money, they can purchase Campus Cash to be stored on their Buff OneCard. Campus Cash does not expire. This is a declining balance that can be used for:
- On-campus printing
- Food purchases at dining centers, grab-n-gos and retail outlets like Farrand Market or the Alferd Packer Grill.
For students living off-campus, Block Meal Plans are available through Housing & Dining Services. Each plan offers flexibility and convenience with a specific number of meals per semester.
Block Meal Plans can be purchased anytime during the year and do not include Munch Money. They expire at the end of each semester. Learn more about Block Meal Plans. Students living off-campus can also purchase Campus Cash to be stored on their Buff OneCard.
Students are required to be out of the residence halls 24 hours after their last final, unless other arrangements are made ahead of time with the hall director. For winter break, students do not need to move their belongings out of the room. Learn more about move-out.
Bear Creek Apartments
Bear Creek offers flexible contracts, so students can apply for the full year, or just for fall, spring or summer. The Bear Creek fall and academic year application opens in January for upper division students. Students interested in applying for just the spring semester may apply in November.
The apartments at Bear Creek are fully furnished and include a full kitchen, basic living room set, bed frame, mattress and dresser. Apartments with private bedrooms include a full size bed and double occupancy bedrooms include a standard twin bed. Bear Creek provides wireless internet, laundry facilities, social lounges and study areas on each floor and a number of other amenities.
Bear Creek students receive and send mail and packages at The UPS Store in the Village Center. Bear Creek Mailing addresses look like the following:
[Box Number] Bear Creek
3275 Apache Rd
Boulder, CO 80310
[Box Number] Bear Creek
3355 Apache Rd
Boulder, CO 80310
Bear Creek buildings are equipped with electronic key card access. External and apartment doors require coded access cards, and room doors require a key, all of which are issued at check-in. Residents have access to staff 24 hours a day in case of lock-outs.
As in any apartment, there is always the possibility of theft. Insurance policies are not required for students. However, students are encouraged to carry their own personal property insurance while living in Bear Creek. Students are strongly encouraged to lock their rooms and apartments when they leave, even for a few minutes.
Students are required to check out at the Bear Creek front office before noon on their contract end date and submit the intent to vacate form in their myCUliving portal.