How to Make the Most of Your Time in Denver

Once you’ve scheduled a visit to our campus, you should take advantage of your time in downtown Denver! As a growing city, Denver has a lot to offer for a day, a weekend or longer. To truly understand what being a student at the University of Colorado Denver is like, you need to experience the city at some of these locations!

The Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum is home to their world famous American Indian art collection as well as art from around the world. Admission is free on the first Saturday of every month.

Denver Union Station

Visit a 100 year old landmark and some of the city’s top restaurants and bars. Union Station also offers access to the free 16th Street Mall shuttle.

16th Street Mall

Take a walk down a tree-lined streets of red, white and gray granite. The 16th Street Mall offers shopping, restaurants, and daily special events.

Buffalo Herd Nature Reserve

The city of Denver maintains a herd of 40 buffalo just outside of downtown Denver. They’re direct descendants of the last wild buffalo herd in America.

Colorado Sports

Denver is home to Denver Broncos football, Denver Nuggets basketball, Colorado Rockies baseball, Colorado Avalanche hockey and Colorado Rapids soccer, not to mention college and other spectator sports.

Kayaking in Confluence Park

Ride man-made kayak chutes minutes from downtown Denver, no experience necessary! Confluence Kayaks offers lessons, rentals, and adventure.

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

You may have heard of concerts being held in this natural, gorgeous outdoor setting just 15 minutes from Denver, but besides the music, there are hiking and biking trails that are just as breathtaking.

Be sure to get the full Denver experience by checking out a variety of things to do around the area. You’ll quickly realize that there’s something for everyone – and CU Denver sits in the heart.

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5 Ways to Be Productive While Enjoying Your Campus Outdoors

As the weather gets warmer, it gets more and more difficult to focus on your studies! Though you have summer classes, it can be easy to give into the temptation of the mountains, summer sports and more. Stay productive while also enjoying the summer sun with these helpful study tips.

  1. Be the king or queen of planning – Write everything down, get work done at night or during bad weather, squeeze extra studying in 5 minutes at a time. When you’re on top of your school work (maybe even ahead!) you won’t feel guilty spending a few hours of a beautiful day outside.
  2. Take your work with you – If you’re hiking, use the time you stop to rest or appreciate the view to take a look at your notes and catch up on some reading. If it’s just a gorgeous day outside, set yourself up with a blanket and a highlighter.
  3. Schedule classes and other obligations to leave peak outdoor time open – It might make sense for you to take night classes, leaving most of the daylight hours open for recreation. Don’t turn your back on morning classes either; they’ll get you started early and leave the whole afternoon free.
  4. Reach out to your professors – The summer is different for professors too, so making contact as soon as possible will ensure that you’ll know exactly what to expect and how best to get in contact again if questions or concerns arise.
  5. Put yourself in the right mindset – There’s a good reason you’re taking summer classes. Don’t forget to take them just as seriously as your other classes and dedicate a good amount of time to doing well. You might have to sacrifice a nice day to catch up on material, but it’ll all be worth it!

Just because you’re taking summer classes doesn’t mean you’ll have to miss out on every fun outdoor experience. With a little planning and dedication, you’ll be able to have the best of both worlds and don’t forget, CU Denver’s campus is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors while staying close to class.

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Free Things to Do in Denver this Summer

The melting snow and the warm weather mean two things: 1)spring is here and 2) the semester is almost over. We know that you’ve worked hard all semester and that you’re more than ready for summer break. Denver is not only a vibrant urban community for you to network and learn, it’s also full of fun, FREE events.

Visit Denver put together a list of free things to do this spring and summer. Here are a few of our favorites.

Denver Day of Rock
On May 23-24, this free event will feature five stages of live music throughout downtown Denver. The entire event is presented by Concerts for Kids to raise awareness of the children in our community.

Denver Chalk Art Festival
The Chalk Art Festival on Larimer Square is a free two-day street-painting festival and we’re sponsoring the event this year! Join us the last weekend in May for art, food, contests and giveaways.

Capitol Hill People’s Fair
As one of the leading arts and crafts events in the region, visitors have the opportunity to buy all manner of wonderful creations from homemade cakes and jams to individually designed jewelry or one-off paintings. There’s also a full entertainment program which includes live music, street theater, children’s acts and other attractions.

Coors Brewery Tour
Coors Brewery is the world’s largest brewing site that still uses the same Rocky Mountain spring water that Adolph Coors discovered in 1873. Free tours show every step in the brewing process and end with free samples for those over 21.

Dinosaur Ridge
Just outside of Golden, Dinosaur Ridge features famous Jurassic dinosaur bones and Cretaceous dinosaur footprints. A guidebook is available for self-guided tours or you can explore on your own.

Denver Bike Trails
Denver is home to a massive network of more than 850 miles of paved, off-road trails that crisscross throughout the seven county metro area, making it a two-wheeled paradise. Get a group together and spend a day on the trails exploring Denver.

South Park
Yes, it’s a real place. South Park, the mountain town that inspired the long-running animated TV series of the same name, is actually a charming little town. Just up U.S. 285 from Denver, try horseback riding, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting and more.

Although many students love to brag about the Colorado ski season, summer in the city can be just as fun. Check out the Visit Denver website for more summer ideas, or check back here. We’ll write more posts about things to do here and around Denver.

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Spring Break on a Student Budget

You’ve worked hard all year and summer just isn’t coming fast enough. Spring break is the perfect opportunity to put your studies aside and have some fun! We want you to stay safe and have an awesome break without maxing out your credit cards. Here is a list of 5 tips to help you stay within your budget.

1. Road Trip
Flying is pretty expensive for a college student on a budget. If you’re planning on going somewhere within the country, grab a few friends and road trip! Splitting gas expenses will save everyone money and nothing is more fun than touring the country with some of your closest friends.

2. Stay in Colorado
…or at least the country.
Sure it would be cool to brag about your trip to Jamaica, but wouldn’t it be nicer to have that extra cash to spend somewhere closer? Although we don’t have any sunny beaches here, Colorado is a hot spot for tons of outdoor activities. If you’re looking for something warmer, flying down to Florida is cheaper than leaving the country to head somewhere like the Caribbean.

3. Use Cash
A lot goes into planning the perfect spring break trip, and one thing that will save you a headache later is setting a reasonable budget. Sticking to that budget is the number one goal of your trip, that’s why you’re reading this post. Book your accommodations and entertainment in advance and leave your credit card at home. While you’re on your trip, pay with cash so you can keep track of your expenses. You’ll thank us later.

4. Get Groceries
When you get to your destination, unpack, get settled in, and go get groceries! Making your own food and eating out less is the best way to save money on a trip. Bring a cooler full of food or book a room with a mini-fridge.

5. Find Student Discounts
Places that are expecting a lot of students on break will usually have student discounts. Many tourist attractions, shopping centers and restaurants will have a discount if you bring your student ID.