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Boulder is a pedestrian-friendly city, with miles of walkable bike paths that connect through the CU Boulder campus. While this allows for more transportation options to and around campus, it’s important your student follows these safety tips and guidelines to avoid injury. Additionally, we’ve included information about regular and late-night transportation options for your student, communication in emergencies and preventing bike and laptop theft. Families can also follow the CU Police Department (CUPD) on Facebook and Twitter to stay updated on campus safety.


Getting to and around campus

CU Boulder’s campus is centrally located with access to campus shuttles, public transit, bike paths and walkable neighborhoods to help students get around easily. No matter how your student gets to campus - via skateboard, bus, bike, or car – we have tips and information for you to share with your student to help getting around campus and Boulder safer and more efficient.


Student parking permit sale

If your student plans to have a car on campus, they must purchase a lot-specific parking permit during the online sales. The 2018-2019 parking permit online sale for on-campus residents will occur August 14 – August 16 based on your student’s residence hall, and August 15 for commuter students. Permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis - visit the Parking & Transportation website.


Late night transportation options

CU NightRide is a free late-night transportation service for students; students can request a free ride within Boulder city limits through TapRide, a mobile app similar to Uber and Lyft. Learn more about TapRide and encourage your student to download the app. Additionally, Late Night Transit features bus service that runs from 10 p.m. until 3 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights of the regular semester.


Bike and laptop registration

Bikes and laptops are popular theft items on campus, and registration of these items helps identify your student’s property if these items are stolen. Bike registration also allows your student to visit the free bike stations on campus for maintenance and repairs. Encourage your student to register their bike and register their laptop when they arrive on campus. Learn more about preventing bike theft.


Communication in emergencies

Students are signed up to receive email alerts when emergencies occur on campus, including closures and extreme weather. Students are strongly encouraged to add their cell phone number in their MyCUInfo portal to receive safety alerts texts. Emergency alerts are only available to immediate CU community members – families are encouraged to follow the CU Boulder Facebook and Twitter pages for updates. Review more on emergencies.

Buff Family Advice

“Our daughter decided in her freshman year that she didn’t need a car on campus! She learned how easy it was to use CU Boulder buses, car shares (some have ski racks and 4-wheel drive for weekend ski trips), bike shares, NightRide, late night buses and RTD buses to get her close to home, shopping, movies, restaurants, Denver and the airport! We’re so happy to see how happily independent she is without her vehicle.”
CU Buff parent

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