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Describe the dorms.


All of the dorms are very different. There are dorms catered to specific interests such as majors, lgbt friendly, honors, and arts. Some dorms even have residential learning programs that count towards freshman core curriculum and help foster a sense of community. Life in dorms is active and RAs help to facilitate introductions between students by scheduling fun hall bonding activities. Living in the dorms is also very convenient as they are all located near class buildings. Generally, people make great friends in the dorms that last throughout their college careers.


There are 22 total dorms at CU, five of which are located in William's Village. The dorms that are located on central campus are all over - Sewall is next to the gym, Aden, Brackett, Cockerell and Crosman all make up the Engineering quad, and Farrand, Cheyenne Arapaho, Baker and Libby surround Farrand Field. Those are some, but not all of the dorms that are located on campus, and I believe their scattered nature is a good thing, making campus more evenly spread out. The five dorms that make up William's Village are Darley North, Darley South, Stearns East, Stearns West, and William's Village North. Most people do their best to avoid living in Will-Vill because it is its own living community that's about a half mile away from campus, and many students prefer to be on campus for the convenience of getting class. A bus system runs from Will-Vill to campus and vice versa, seven days a week, stopping at 12:00 AM on weekdays, and Late Night Transit runs past midnight on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Still, some people complain about the Buff Bus and its occasional inconsistencies, which is understandable. However, plenty of kids grow to absolutely love living in the Will. The community becomes tight-knit really fast, and some people really enjoy being able to come home to that after school. I think living in William's Village would make for a pretty different college experience here at Boulder. When I was originally given my housing assignment, I had been put in Stearns East, and I was really bummed about it. I talked to my roommate and she seemed cool, but I still wanted to see if I could get on campus so I emailed someone right away to see if there was anything I could do. The person who assisted me from Housing and Dining Services was extremely helpful and immediately got me on the three shortest wait lists for main campus housing, and a little over a month later, I found out that I had been reassigned to Cheyenne Arapaho, right next to Farrand Field. I was ecstatic. And I've been really satisfied at Chey-Ho so far. It's a great location, and all of the dorms are beautiful, so I can't complain. However, the dorms in Will-Vill are the only ones with air-conditioning, which, after having spent August, September, and October here, is extremely valuable. The first couple weeks were HOT. But with fans, the room was alright and the particularly hot weather didn't last that long. One more important aspect of dorm life here are the RAPs, Residential Academic Programs. These programs are courses taken within the dorm that are only available to its residents, where there will rarely be more than 18 people in the class. Over half of the dorms - Libby, Baker, Sewall, Farrand, Darley South, Buckingham, Andrews, Smith, Cheyenne Arapaho, Arnett, Stearns East, and Williams Village North - have RAPs tailored to specific subjects. In some halls, RAPs are more prevalent and might even be required, but in others (for example, the Health Professionals RAP in Cheyenne Arapaho) RAPs are not an important part of the structure of the dorm at all. Ultimately, from the inside, the dorms at CU are pretty standard. Rooms aren't all that big but they're nice, and most of the time there's one or two bathrooms per floor. And from the outside, all made out of Colorado sandstone, the dorms are really gorgeous. My roommate has become one of my closest friends, so I'm totally comfortable in my room, which I'm extremely grateful for. But if you end up in a situation you can't stand, it's nice to know that Housing and Dining Services will get things done for you.


The dorms are a great place to live. There is a friendly atmosphere, free tutoring and events, and the opportunity to join a Residential Academic Program (RAP) in many dorms. If you decide to join a RAP, you will be able to take classes much smaller in size within the building you live. You have many buildings and room options to choose from. The most popular option is to live with one other roommate, but you can get a single room or room with as many as 3 other people. I shared a room with one other person (who was chosen based off a personality survey, who I get along with very well) and rather than use a floor bathroom, I shared one bathroom with my roommate and one other girl in a room next to ours. I have never felt crowded in my room, it is larger than I expected. Your dorm includes beds, desks, lamps, mini fridge/freezer, microwave, carpet or rug, dressers and closets.


The dorms vary from building to building. There are newer dorms, like Hallett, and much older dorms, like Farrand. I spent my freshman year in Libby, which was a good experience, but the dorm itself was not in the best shape. I lived in a room with one other person, who I had not met, but we got a long great. In Libby, there is a common area upstairs, but its rather inconvenient to spend time in. Also, there is an area downstairs with a very old piano and a few tables, which was a nice place to get some quiet studying done. Overall, the dorm experience is what you make it, and if you are friendly to the people on your floor, they will most likely be friendly to you. I was more solitary and did not mingle with others on my floor as much as some, because I entered CU with a few very good friends from high school.


I love talking about the dorms here at CU because there are so many choices when you apply for housing your freshman year! The most popular residence hall communities to live in are the "central campus" residence halls. These residence halls are located right smack in the middle of campus. It is really nice to live on central campus because you walk out of your dorm and your minutes away from every building that your classes will be in. The names of the central campus residence halls are: Libby, Baker, Farrand, Cheyenne Arapaho, Willard, and Hallett. Out of the ones I just listed above, Farrand is the most popular. Its the biggest residence hall out of all the central campus residence halls. My freshman year, I lived in Libby. What I loved about Libby was that it had a dinning hall inside it. When I woke up on a cold snowy morning, instead of having to walk to a dinning hall, I just strolled downstairs and ate breakfast :). Some other dorms that are a bit smaller but are still located on central campus are: Aden Hall, Andrews Hall, Brackett, Buckingham Hall, Cockerell Hall, and Crosman Hall. Besides all the central campus dorms, we have a few residence halls located right off campus. There are two huge towers called Williams Village. Darley North, Darley South, Stearns East, and Stearns West are their names. Even though these are located off campus, there are busses running millions of times every day bussing students from the towers to campus. CU Boulder just finished building a new residence hall this last summer called Williams Village North. I have yet to see inside the residence hall, but I heard that it is absolutely amazing. For more information on the residence halls at CU Boulder, I recommend you visit this website:


The dorms are a required part of college life as a freshman at CU, but they serve as a unique and essential learning experience. Dorms are a great way to make friends at college, especially when transitioning to a place where not many of your friends or familiar scene are there with you. It teaches you how to live with a roommate which is the most likely situation students are in when they move off-campus for following years. The engineering dorm generally has a productive and positive environment for academically-focused students. Living with a roommate or rowdy hall-mates can be difficult, but simply branching out to others can make the world of difference.


Bear Creek Apartments, Off campus student housing


William’s Village Dorm, South-off campus


Cheyenne Arapahoe Dorm in the middle of campus.


Kittredge Dorms in the middle of campus.


Dorm in the middle on campus