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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Get legal advice from Student Legal Services (SLS) or Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations on rental concerns, from lease agreements to landlord disputes.
- SLS provides free legal consultations on tenant/landlord matters, including questions about leases.
- Students can schedule an appointment with attorney Bruce Sarbaugh through Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations to get a free lease review 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.