Off-Campus Housing

Boulder, CO
Tuition (in-state)
$31,378 ($9,482)
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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The places are fine but the problem I have is how much it costs

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: You get what you pay for - there is a lot available, but the prices are not great.

1 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I've paid more to live off campus than I have to earn my degree. $700 a month for rent?? And that's just me, I have 4 roommates and we live in a complete piece of shit apartment.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It took me awhile to find a house to rent for the fall but although I was late, I still was able to have a good selection. The houses are nice but expensive but pretty close to campus. There is plenty of parking and shouldn't be a problem locating a spot. The school usually promoted off campus housing that included something to do with the school.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Unfortunately, Boulder is expensive. While there is a variety of housing options off campus, most of them require at least one roommate in order to be able to afford the rent. However, there are also lots of housing options just outside the Boulder city limits that are significantly less expensive, but are still close to public transportation, as well as a reasonable commute to campus.

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  • 539th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sara K. Jordan
Littleton, CO
International Affairs
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Though living in the dorms offers perks such as a convenient proximity to class and a consistent flow of socialization, most students reap these benefits and then move on. As sophomore year approaches, students anticipate renting their own place within walking distance of campus. The preferred area of choice for sophomores and juniors remains the neighborhood bordering the CU campus, which is known as the Hill. Pearl Street is a desired area for most juniors and
seniors. These areas offer amenities of all sorts, including nearby restaurants, stores, libraries, and coffee shops. Due to its popularity, property management and local landlords rent available units at a high cost. But don’t get too
discouraged—houses on Moorehead Street are very popular and offer low cost rent if you don’t mind a few roommates. Still, the demand for rentals continues at a steady increase as each year inducts a new set of students striving to live on their own.

The University offers off-campus student services that provide computerized listings of available rentals and students looking for roommates. Remember that while someone may make a great acquaintance, a day-to-day living situation is an entirely different matter. While the Hill is often first choice, you must understand that the predominant student population in this area equals loud weekends and late-night parties. Consider surrounding areas, such as Pearl Street and Moorehead Street, which provide a more peaceful living environment while remaining within close proximity to campus.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Early second semester
Popular Areas
  • Canyon
  • Moorehead
  • Pearl Street
  • Table Mesa Grove
  • The Hill
  • Walnut
Average Rents
  • Studio: $630
  • 1 BR: $850
  • 2 BR: $1,200

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 104 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 103 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 11% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 80% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 8% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 103 responses

  • 22% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 58% Somewhat helpful.
  • 19% Extremely helpful.


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