Bike rentals are available while supplies last through the Environmental Center. If your student is bringing their bike to campus, remind them to register their bike. Bike registration is required and can be completed online. By registering their bike, your student has access to the on-campus Bike Stations for free tune-ups and maintenance. This also helps CU Boulder Police with identification when bikes are stolen.
There are a variety of bicycle racks across campus for students to park their bikes. Encourage your student to take precautionary measures to prevent bike theft. CU Boulder Police recommend using the U-lock style of locks rather than cable locks. Share more tips with your student to help prevent bike theft.
All students receive a Student Bus Pass with their Buff OneCard. The bus pass works on all campus, local and regional routes, including the SkyRide bus to the Denver International Airport and other RTD routes. Students can also download the Transit app to find schedules and near-by bus routes.
Many students find that they don't need a car in Boulder, due to the variety of transit options and proximity to shopping, restaurants and other services. If your student plans to have a car on campus, they must purchase a lot-specific parking permit during the online sale. Student parking permits are limited and are assigned to a specific lot or zone. Permits are sold by semester or academic year. They are connected to the vehicle’s license plate number.
Parking at meters or pay station lots require additional payment. Every campus parking lot requires lot specific permits or payment. Students should read all parking signs carefully before leaving their vehicle to avoid receiving a citation.
There are free late-night transportation options around campus. Encourage your student use CU NightRide and download the TapRide app. This free service is similar to Uber and Lyft, and is a great option if your student is out late. There’s also the Late Night Transit bus that runs from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday nights during the regular semester.
As your student makes travel plans for fall, winter and spring breaks, there are inexpensive and free alternatives to get to/from the Denver International Airport (DIA).
Students can save money, while being sustainable, by using their Student Bus Pass for free transit to DIA on RTD's SkyRide (AB Route.) Students residing east of main campus can ride the AB2 Route to DIA. During peak hours, RTD increases their AB/AB2 fleet to accommodate the influx of students traveling to the airport. Students should plan to take an earlier-scheduled bus to allow ample travel time, especially during inclement weather. The buses depart from each SkyRide stop hourly throughout the day and evening, then return to the same stop.