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It may seem early, but now is the time to start thinking about where you’d like to live next year. Students have a wide range of options for living in the Boulder community, including residence halls, apartment style living and off-campus residences. Explore more information to help you make the best decision to fit your needs.

On-campus housing

Students can live on-campus in one of CU Boulder’s 24 residence halls or two apartment-style living halls. Some of our on-campus housing options have eligibility requirements based on living experiences. Returning undergraduate students can apply to live on-campus in the residence halls, Bear Creek or Weber Hall

Current Bear Creek and Weber Hall students

Students currently residing in Bear Creek and Weber Hall have priority to reapply for campus housing for the 2023-24 academic year.

  • Jan. 12-18: Current students apply and self-assign for their current apartment (if available).
  • Jan. 20-24: Current students apply and self-assign for a different apartment.

Current residence hall students

Students currently living in residence halls will apply separately to eligible residence halls, Bear Creek and Weber Hall.

  • Jan. 26-31: Apply for the random selection process to Bear Creek and Weber Hall via the MyCULiving portal.
  • Feb. 6-12: Apply for the random selection process to the residence halls via the MyCULiving portal.

Learn more about how to apply for campus housing.

Off-campus housing

CU Boulder has more than 22,000 students who live off campus throughout the Boulder community. Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations can help you find your future home. Here are a few tips and resources to help as you begin your search.

Do your research

Research different neighborhoods and housing options in the community. 

To do:

  • Create a budget that includes what you can afford for rent, utilities, internet and other expenses. 
  • Look at public transportation options. 
  • Check out the crime rates.
  • Ask other students about their experiences living in their neighborhoods.

Browse Ralphie’s List

Ralphie’s List is CU’s official rental database. 

To do:

  • Search for available student apartments, townhomes, condos and houses in the Boulder area.
  • Filter by neighborhood, price, number of bedrooms and other categories.
  • Use Ralphie’s List to find roommates.

Consider occupancy limits

Before you make agreements with roommates for next year, consider occupancy limit rules.

Things to know:

  • Review the city of Boulder's occupancy limits
  • Depending on the zoning district, a maximum of three or four unrelated individuals can live together. 
  • Both tenants and property owners can be subject to violations of over-occupancy and receive up to a $2,000 fine per day.

Take an orientation

Take the Off-Campus Living Orientation.

Things to know:

  • The orientation helps students prepare for life off campus, learn about city ordinances and find ways to get involved in the Boulder community. 
  • The online course takes about 15–20 minutes to complete.

Get legal advice

A lease is a legal contract you should understand before signing.

Attend the housing fair

Learn more about the options for off-campus living.

  • Attend the Off-Campus Housing Fair on Feb. 8 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom. 
  • Enjoy free lunch.
  • Meet with off-campus property managers, city offices and vendors.
  • Explore more resources related to off-campus housing.

Learn more about off-campus living.


Published: Jan. 9, 2023