You'll find an option for whatever you're looking for, but the best options go to those who don't wait until the last minute to find housing. There's plenty of pet friendly options, too, so bring your favorite four-legged family member along!
Look, submit your FASFA and you'll get what the federal government would give you no matter where you go. Apply as a college freshman and you'll have several opportunities to get scholarships automatically, and plenty to apply for. Each year there's an easy-to-fill-out application for yearly awarded scholarships, so do that and you might have a chance. Don't expect too many options for people who can't demonstrate financial need. And don't expect work study opportunities unless you can demonstrate financial need.
Fort Collins is a fantastic city. There's affordable options for every budget, but a really stupid rule limiting a house to three unrelated persons, so you won't get the super super cheap options of splitting rent four or five ways without breaking the law. And yes, that's strictly enforced, so trying to get around it is REALLY not recommended. The city's atmosphere is great; there's plenty to do and a great community.
Look, the administration is strict where it needs to be. The city doesn't tolerate noise violations and you WILL get in trouble the first time you have one. Parking violations are fairly strictly regulated, so don't park over the lines (unless the ground's covered in snow, then you're excused) and don't park places where you don't have a permit to park. That said, you first offense for parking/traffic ON CAMPUS is a warning. Go to the CSU PD and explain how sorry you are and how you'll never do it again, and they'll drop the ticket.
300 days of sunshine? Some snowfall to give you better skiing and snowboarding? Colorado weather is the best. BUT, it's unpredictable. You will have a week where it's 75* one day, -10* and snowing the next, and 68* the day after; Colorado likes to do things like that. You'll also have random weeks of upper 70s in the middle of winter and random days of snowfall toward the end of spring. The unpredictability factor aside, though, the weather is great, and you'll really love it. As long as you buy a nice jacket for winter.
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