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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The hill is where most students live, but it can be very expensive and the distance is a pain. The house size to cost ratio doesnt seem to make a lot of sense to me either, but that might be because I am young and don't know much.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many different options, but the pricing in Boulder is very expensive.

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3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: The pros of off campus housing are freedom to chose who you live with, freedom to decorate how you want, and the real life experience of paying bills. The cons include maintaining the house and it is usually pretty loud on the hill. It is very easy to find a house and the landlords are so nice about it. They know most of the renters are college kids so they are usually very nice about the house and any repairs that need to be made. I have noticed that the prices in Boulder are almost double what they are in lets say Fort Collins. The Hill is right next to campus so it is not too far of a walk to class. It is a great place to live and my experience with it has been great.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: This definitely varies, depending on what your priorities are. I was able to find a nice, quiet apartment 2 miles from campus. There are few amenities, but it is just about affordable for two people (a two bedroom). Everything in Boulder is insanely overpriced.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've never lived off-campus, but I have friends that do. Based on my experience of going to their houses, the cons include transportation to school, limited number of meals since they don't live in the dorms, and having to stay on campus all day if classes are spread out or you need to go to the library. Pros include not having to live with freshman.


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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 174 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 174 responses

  • 9% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 76% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 13% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 1% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 173 responses

  • 20% Extremely helpful.
  • 57% Somewhat helpful.
  • 24% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.


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