Published: Jan. 19, 2023

Pearl StreetBoulder is a unique city with a lot to offer, from local shopping and entertainment to great food and beautiful views. Whether you’re new to Boulder or have been in town for a while, here are some tips for living and connecting with your local community.

Get to know your neighbors

Many neighborhoods in Boulder are a combination of students, graduate students and community members, including families with young children. Wherever you live, take time this week to introduce yourself to your neighbors and get to know them. Fill out and share contact information cards with your neighbors so you can keep in touch if anything comes up.

Check out local thrift stores

Boulder is home to many thrift stores and secondhand shops. Check your local thrift store for furniture, decor or appliances to furnish your place. Not only will you save money and find one-of-a-kind items, but shopping at thrift stores is a sustainable choice that can help the environment. 

Get involved off campus

Get to know your neighbors and community on another level by attending local events and supporting local businesses. This spring, check Downtown Boulder’s “Bites on a Budget” list for more affordable dining options from local restaurants and vendors.

Give back to the local community

If you have some free time this semester, volunteering is a great way to get more involved in your community. Volunteering allows you to meet new people, support a cause that matters to you and gain experience you can include on your resume.

Keep your walkways shoveled

Colorado is known for its snowstorms, so make sure to shovel your sidewalks! Boulder requires residents to clear sidewalks within 24 hours following a snowstorm. Discuss this with your landlord to determine who is responsible for clearing snow around your property.

Keep your lawn and areas of your neighborhood free of trash, or you could receive a citation. Most parks have recycling bins, trash cans and ways to clean up after pets.

Be considerate of others

We all play a part in the well-being of our neighborhood. Whether we realize it or not, our actions can sometimes affect those around us. For example, playing loud music at the end of a long day may help you relax, but it might also annoy your neighbors, especially if they are trying to study or sleep.

  • Know the local noise ordinances to avoid a ticket. Last fall, the Boulder City Council voted to amend ordinance BRC 5-9-6, which prohibits unreasonable noise between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Noise restrictions during daytime hours, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., were added to the ordinance.
  • Follow fireworks restrictions. The city of Boulder and Boulder County prohibits possessing or discharging all fireworks, firecrackers or skyrockets. The regulation includes but is not limited to sparklers, snaps, bottle rockets, roman candles and smoke bombs. Fireworks pose a significant fire risk to our community and can cause substantial noise disruption to residential areas.
  • Register your party. Registering your party helps keep you out of trouble. Boulder Police Dispatch will call you if they receive a noise complaint. Register a party any day of the week with Off-Campus Housing (UMC room 313). Students must attend a 10-minute orientation before being able to register parties remotely.

Whether in your neighborhood or other areas of Boulder, be considerate and thoughtful of those around you.

To learn more about ordinances, avoiding citations and other helpful tips about living in Boulder, check out the Off-Campus Housing & Neighborhood Relations website.