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

Transportation: get a college pass and its free even on the regional buses. Locally the buses stop at midnight which is a little unfortunate for the late nights.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation has never been an issue for me at CU. My parents did not allow me to bring a car to school but I don't have any problems getting where I need to be.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses go everywhere and are paid for by student fees

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system in Boulder is great! Every student gets a college pass for the RTD. There are many buses that go around Boulder, and the stops are fairly close to campus.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: No need for a car


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 44th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 61st
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1295th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sara K. Jordan
Littleton, CO
International Affairs
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Boulder's public transportation is exceedingly convenient. A small fee is assessed into each semester's tuition, which allows students to travel on a variety of local buses that tour throughout the city. The pass is given in the form of a sticker, which is placed on every student's identification card. By showing this sticker along with their ID card, students can travel to Denver and surrounding areas. Many students take advantage of this pass when traveling to and from the Denver International Airport.

There are few places in the country where a car is viewed as unnecessary. In Boulder there is no need to travel when excellent restaurants, lively entertainment, and even laundromats are within walking distance. And for the places you can't walk to, there is substantial public transportation that can take you wherever you want to go, practically anytime you want.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bus
  • Walk
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $75.
  • Boulder Express Shuttle (303) 399-3737
  • RTD (303) 442-7332
  • SuperShuttle (303) 376-0362

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?


(303) 492-SAFE

Sunday-Thursday from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Buff Buses

Run residence hall students back and forth between campus and Williams Village for free. Schedules can be found in Darley Commons

(303) 492-6573

Public TransitWhat's This?

Regional Transportation District (RTD) buses

The Hop - Hops to downtown, University Hill, CU campus, and Crossroads Mall. _ The Skip - Skips between North and South Broadway, and circles around Table-Mesa. _ The Dash - Dashes down 14th and Walnut through Broadway, Table-Mesa, South Boulder Road, and runs through Louisville to Lafayette Park-n-Ride. _ The Short Jump - Operates from 9th Street to Arapahoe Ridge High School. _ The Long Jump - Runs from 9th Street to 111th Street, and Public Road in Lafayette. _ The Bound - Operates from Jay Road to Baseline and 27th through 28th Street, South 30th, and Diagonal Highway. _ The Stampede - Connects CU main campus with CU Research Park via Colorado Avenue, running north on 30th Street to Marine and along Arapahoe to Foothills Parkway.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Denver International Airport

The Denver International Airport is approximately a 45-minute drive from the University of Colorado- Boulder.

8500 Pena Blvd., Denver

(303) 342-2000

Student Polls

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 82 responses

  • 1% You can't have a car here.
  • 13% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 82% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 1% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 2% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 83 responses

  • 0% Nonexistent.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 5% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 24% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 71% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 81 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 80 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 82 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 2% Fairly difficult.
  • 49% Fairly easy.
  • 49% Very easy.

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 81 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars
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