Published: Aug. 2, 2022

Neighborhood houses in BoulderWhether you live 20 minutes or 20 miles away from campus, here are some tips to help you start out the fall semester strong.

Tips for living in Boulder

Boulder is a friendly, welcoming place to live! Here are some safety tips and reminders about living in the Boulder community.

  • Meet your neighbors. Introduce yourself to your neighbors and exchange contact information. Ask your neighbors to watch your house and collect your mail when you're out of town.

  • Be safe. Always keep your doors and windows locked. Keep your house or apartment well lit when home, and leave your porch light on at night.

  • Be a good neighbor. Make sure you’re aware of policies and ordinances both on and off campus. For more information, visit the Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations website.

  • Clean up your trash. Keep Boulder clean and make sure you clean up after yourself. If you live off campus, you can be fined if there is trash in your yard or around your property.

  • Watch your noise. One of the most common citations students living off campus get is a nuisance ticket. A common reason for nuisance tickets is excessive noise. A nuisance ticket may result in a hefty fine and mandatory restorative justice courses. Learn more about nuisance tickets.

  • Register your party. Help your chances of avoiding a ticket by registering your party. Learn why and how to register your party through Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations.

Getting around Boulder

Your RTD CollegePass allows you to ride any local or regional bus route. This includes the SkyRide bus to the airport for no additional charge. 

Learn more about how to ride the bus or how to find a park-n-ride near you. Here are a few more tips for riding the bus:

Commuting by bike is an excellent way to get around campus and Boulder. Bike racks are located throughout campus, with covered bike parking at select locations. Boulder’s bike sharing program, BCycle, offers electric assist bikes around town. As a student, you get a free BCycle membership through the Environmental Center—follow these instructions to get your membership.

Remember to lock your bike with a U-lock—the most secure option—to a bike rack and not ADA rails, stair rails or trees. Register with the CU Bicycle Program to access free bike services from our two maintenance stations. Registering your bike also provides recovery assistance if your bike is stolen. 

The city of Boulder requires front and back lights when riding a bicycle after dusk, and it’s illegal to wear headphones or earbuds while biking. Learn more about Boulder city bike laws and regulations.

There are also Lime e-scooters available for getting around east Boulder. Scooters are not allowed anywhere on campus. Find out how you can take advantage of the east Boulder e-scooter program

Eating on campus

Many students who commute to campus bring food with them to eat during the day. There are microwaves available for students to use outside of the Alferd Packer Grill in the UMC. 

For on-campus dining options, students can visit dining centers, grab-n-go’s, retail markets, restaurants and cafés. Use the Nutrislice app or the Nutrislice website to view menus and filter for dietary restrictions. Campus Cash and credit/debit cards are accepted. Block Meal Plans are available to all students living off campus, and in Bear Creek or Graduate and Family Housing. 

For up-to-date information, visit the Dining Services website or check out this list of frequently asked questions.

Where to hang out on campus

Depending on your schedule, you may have some time to relax between classes or other commitments on campus. Use the Study Spaces filter on the CU Boulder Campus Map to find a space to study or relax. You can also check out common spaces in the UMC like The Connection or the study lounge on the fifth floor, or grab some food and hang out at the WeatherTech Cafe in the C4C or The Grotto in Williams Village.

For more information or questions, email och@colorado.edu. Live chat is also available 9–5 p.m. (MDT) Monday–Friday.