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.

CU Denver Campus

Location! Location! Location!

As the name implies, CU Denver is located at the HEART of downtown Denver. Literally! The campus is centrally located on the intersection of Speer Boulevard and Larimer Street. A top tier university in the middle of  one of the best cities in America! As you might  have guessed, I am going to talk about location and how it might be one of the more pertinent topics as you choose a school to further your education.

One of the most obvious things that I noticed when I visited CU Denver for the first time was that it was right in the middle of downtown Denver. There are so many things you can see and do in downtown Denver that it is quite impossible not to find anything to do.

If you’re a sports person like me, then Denver is the place to be! Sports Authority Field at Mile High where the Broncos demolish their opponents and the Pepsi Center where the Denver Nuggets (NBA), Colorado Avalanche (NHL), and Colorado Mammoth (NLL) play are across the street from CU Denver.

If you are in love with the finer arts and performances, then the Denver Center for the Performing Arts is just a block away. And if you want to just chill with some friends and shop or people watch then the 16th Street Mall is a place you want to check out.

But let’s not forget about the Rocky Mountains! Just a short drive along beautiful I-70 will get you to most ski towns and villages. Imagine sitting in class on a Thursday (for me its most likely an awesome Biology course) and finishing up your notes and within an hour and a half you can be in Breckenridge or Arapahoe Basin hitting up some slopes and drinking some hot chocolate with your friends.

If you prefer to do non-snow related things like climbing 14ers (that’s what Coloradans call mountain peaks that are higher than 14,000 ft) or hiking in Red Rocks then you can do those as well. And if you don’t want to travel all that way for some outdoor fun, you can go kayaking at Confluence Park in downtown Denver or you can use the 600+ miles of bike paths in Denver to support your active lifestyle.

One of the things I was concerned about when looking at all the cool things you can do in Denver and Colorado was gas money. But CU Denver showed me that they are affiliated with RTD (Regional Transportation Districe – Denver) and their College Pass Program means you are able to hop on any RTD Local, Regional, and Express Busses and the RTD Light Rail for FREE. Lucky for you we have two light rail stops on our campus. Maybe you can take the money you saved by not driving and catch a show.

Mel – Senior Biology Student at CU Denver

CU Denver Club Sports

CU Denver is Loaded with Campus Events!

As you may know, CU Denver is in the heart of downtown Denver. As you can imagine there are a TON of things to do in Denver, but what is there to do on campus? One of the best things about college is that there is usually something cool to do on campus and CU Denver has cool things going on throughout the year!

One of the cool things that CU Denver does on campus every fall is the Annual Block Party. CU Denver closes Lawrence Street between 14th and 15th Streets in the downtown corridor. You can do anything like enjoy live music on a big stage (and if you’re good they might let you perform!) or win some free gear from local companies. There is great food from the awesome food truck vendors, and a sweet zip-line! Yes, you read that correctly, you can do a little zip-lining in the downtown jungle of Denver. This past year’s party had a 70’s flashback theme to help celebrate the University’s 40th Anniversary!

In the middle of each semester, (fall and spring) we have what is called the Fall Fest and the Spring Fling. There are all kinds of things going on during these events. There are contests, games, food trucks, free giveaways, and more food trucks. (I am a big fan of food trucks if you haven’t gathered!) Another benefit of the Fall Fest and the Spring Fling is that a large number of student clubs and organizations are there for sign-ups and other activities. So if you would like to learn more about certain clubs and organizations, including our very own Student Governments, this is a great time to break out of your shell and join the CU Denver community.

A lot of students wonder if we have any sports on campus, and the answer is YES! We are across the street from the Pepsi Center, where the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and Colorado Mammoth play; and a short walk from Sports Authority Field at Mile High where the Denver Broncos and Colorado Outlaws play; we now officially have Club Sports at CU Denver!

You can join a team and even start up a new team if you think that CU Denver needs a new sport. We even have events that center around our teams. Every year our CU Denver Club Hockey team plays one of their games at the Pepsi Center and afterwards students can watch the Colorado Avalanche play!

There are plenty of events that go on at CU Denver for students to enjoy, as you can see! I only covered some of the more popular events but you can see upcoming events on the Student Life page of our website.

At CU Denver, you can Learn with Purpose and have fun at the same time!

Mel – Senior Biology Student at CU Denver