Learn about Boulder

CU has over 22,000 students living off-campus, and after freshman year it is likely that you will be moving into one of Boulder's many student populated neighborhoods. Click on the shaded areas to read about Boulder's student neighborhoods. Keep in mind, there is no "Student Only Neighborhood" in Boulder. Be sure to do your research and pick the best neighborhood for your lifestyle.

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Read about Common University Hill Problems and Violations


In many neighborhoods no more than three unrelated people can live together. If you are caught over-occupying you could face a fine up to $2,000 a day. It's easy to find out if you're over-occupying. Here's how:

  • If your landlord doesn't want all 6 of your signatures on the lease it's probably a good sign your landlord is over-occupying. (Remember, if you aren't on the lease and you are caught over occupying, YOU will be the one who has to leave.) 
  • Just call the city and find out how many people are legally zoned to live in the property. Call the City Zoning Office at 303-441-3270.

Sofa Ordinance

If you live within the University Hill neighborhood, the sofa ordinance prohibits the placement, use or storage of upholstered furniture not manufactured for outdoor use in outside areas or on a covered or uncovered porch. This includes upholstered chairs, upholstered couches, and mattresses.

Trash It

You can receive a ticket for loose trash in your yard or alley, leaving a trash bag next to the trash can or dumpster, or dumping your trash in another person's dumpster. It doesn't matter how the trash lands in your yard, it is still your responsibility to clean it up.

Snow Removal

Colorado is known for its snowstorms, so make sure you are shoveling your sidewalks! It is your responsibility to clear your sidewalks within 24 hours following a snowstorm.


Weeds and grass must be cut and maintained at less than 12 inches high. The City of Boulder will measure, so cut your grass.


The use and possession of fireworks in Boulder is illegal. This includes sparklers, snaps, snakes, bottle rockets, roman candles and smoke bombs. You can also be held responsible for fireworks used by your roommates and guests.


When moving out, please donate and recycle your used furniture and belongings. You can also avoid costly trash fines by properly disposing of your items during move out. This can also be a great way to save some money when you are moving into your property! Download a list of thrift stores and recycling centers below.