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Tips, Resources and Deals for Students in Boulder

From hiking trails to restaurant discounts, here are some helpful city resources for CU students

Whether you're a new or returning CU student, welcome to Boulder!

Moving in, finding your classes and meeting new people can make the start of a new school year hectic. Here are some city resources to help you get into – or back into – the swing of things.

Outdoor Adventures

Boulder has more than 155 miles of trails for you to enjoy just minutes from campus. While Chautauqua Trailhead is Boulder's most well-known hiking destination, there are so many other great, less crowded trails to discover in the city. Visit Boulder trail information to learn more about trail options for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.

Discounts with Your College Pass

Your RTD College Pass makes it easy – and free – to get around Boulder by bus. You can even bus to Denver, Denver International Airport and more without paying a dime. Your College Pass also gives you special access to offers and discounts at participating restaurants and businesses around town.

Biking Around Town

Bussing isn’t the only way to get around the city. Boulder has been named one of the top cities in the nation for biking. The Boulder Valley has more than 300 miles of bikeways. Whether you’re exploring the city, going to class or getting a good workout in, Boulder offers plenty of biking opportunities. Learn where and how to get around Boulder by bike and be sure to follow these tips for securing your bike to keep it safe.

City Events

There are plenty of events both at CU Boulder and in the city. Check out the City of Boulder event calendar or Downtown Boulder event calendar if you’re looking to get off campus.

Getting Involved

In Boulder, we know that local government works best when the entire community participates. Get involved by providing input on city projects online or at in-person events, or sign up for City of Boulder volunteering opportunities if you’re looking to give back to your community. You can sign up for city e-newsletters or follow the city on social media to stay up-to-date on issues that matter to you.

Starting school after summer can be tough, but the city has many resources to make the transition back to CU easier. Best of luck to all the Buffs this year!

Published: Aug. 28, 2019