Housing Information

CU Denver and CU Anschutz are located in the heart of Denver and Aurora. With easy access to public transportation, graduate students are able to buy and rent within the city or the surrounding neighborhoods and still live within commuting distance of the campuses. Below are resources to help you find housing options that best suit your needs.


Thoughts from Current Graduate Students

What do you like about your neighborhood?

  • Five Points - up and coming neighborhood; new restaurants, breweries; close to downtown; young community; easy access to campus
  • Baker - full of artists and professionals; young families; local landmarks, nightspots, galleries, coffee shops, and independent shops; diverse.
  • Downtown - worth the commute; museums, parks, theatres, sports all within walking distance; easy access to public transportation if you don't have a car.
  • Washington, City, Congress, and Cheesman Parks - walkable/bikeable! Grocery stores, easy access to downtown, many restaurants, coffee shops, summer events in parks, near bus routes, young community.
  • Englewood - longer commute, but affordable and stable housing; local amenities; tons to do in the neighborhood
  • Highlands (LoHi, Sunnyside, West) - family neighborhood; local businesses and restaurants; dog friendly apartments; far from campus but the lightrail will make for an easy commute
  • Capitol Hill - densely populated but active; near bus routes; pedestrian/bike friendly; tons of coffee shops, grocery stores, music venues; very historic district.
  • Central Park - newer area; open spaces and trails; safe neighborhood; bike friendly; close to campus; near bus routes; restaurants and stores conveniently located to home
  • Uptown - everything you need is within walking distance: restaurants, clubs, stores, parks; easy access to downtown and bus routes; young professionals live here
  • Lowry - half way between campus and downtown; family living; suburban tone in city limits; restaurants, retail shops, open space and public art; safe, biking trails close by

What do you like best about Denver?

  • Ever changing - always something new!
  • Easy access to outdoor activities - outside and within the city: skiing, kayaking, hiking, etc.
  • Lots of young people
  • Close enough to the mountains - great hybrid of city and mountain life
  • Unique neighborhoods and communities
  • Arts and Culture
  • Weather! - all four seasons
  • A good combination between big and small town
  • Healthy living mentality

Tips on Finding Housing

  • Look early!
  • Check out the apartment/house in person before moving
  • Check out the apartment/house in person before moving
  • Chat with current students
  • Ask the complex if they have student discounts
  • Buying can sometimes be cheaper than renting
  • Visit the neighborhood during the day and at night
  • Move a couple of weeks before you start the program to familiarize yourself with your new place, city, neighborhood.
  • Consider roommates
  • Be prepared to pay deposit right away, places go fast!
  • Check your preferred website often - every other day If possible.
  • Prioritize amenities that you want!
  • Look for apartments on bus lines
  • Know what you want out of your apartment, neighborhood

Additional Comments, Suggestions

  • Look for apartments on bus lines
  • Know what you want out of your apartment, neighborhood
  • Location location location – nearby grocery store, coffee shop, library. Live by what’s important to you
  • It is expensive here. Be prepared for that. But don’t be afraid, it is possible to find very nice and affordable apartments…it just takes time. I live in an upscale neighborhood but was still able to find an apartment under $1k.
  • I think buying is always going to work out better in the long run, since you plan on being here for at least 5 years
  • Although prices have increased all over the Denver/Aurora area, I am still able to pay for rent alone on my stipend. I did not want roommates and have not regretted that decision. If you make a thorough budget and follow it responsibly, you should be fine.
  • Rent is really expensive in most of the desirable areas of Denver. To really afford to live in the nicer neighborhoods you need a roommate (or spouse) to help with rent.