Everything You Need to Know About On-Campus Housing
Living on-campus is a great way for students to get to know the area, as well as their fellow classmates! Dorm life places you in a building with students from all over the country that are starting their college careers, just like you. Here are some tips to make the best of on-campus:
- Think about what really matters when you pick a dorm – If you’ve decided on a major, living closer to that department might help you be on time for your classes. If your goal is to stay fit throughout the year, living near the gym or track can encourage you to work out. If you have other friends living on campus that you plan on visiting often, consider picking a room within their dorm or close so that you don’t have far to walk if you stay late into the night.
- Rooming with your bff might not be the best – While there are potential benefits to living with your best friend, it is likely you’ll run into problems that aren’t easy to work out. Boundaries could be harder to set because your friendship will take precedence over your roommate status. You’re friends because he or she is super fun, but what happens when they’ve invited people to hang out in your room every day of finals week? If you’re considering rooming with a friend, make sure you’re aware of their living habits and how comfortable you’d be if they won’t compromise on something.
- Get to know your floormates – Keep your door open when you’re there, especially the first few weeks of the year, to encourage people to drop in and start a conversation. And when other floormates leaves theirs open or hang out in the common room, invite them to a meal! Going to the dining hall or exploring outside of campus can be the perfect icebreaker.
- Loft your bed – Consider lofting your bed when you move in so that you can add extra storage underneath or even set up a futon to make your room more social. When you have the extra space, it’ll make it that much easier to find what you need in the morning or invite extra people over for Monday movie night.
- Get to know your RA – Knowing your RA can make your dorm living experience exponentially better. They will be able to help you with any concern and can even give you better check in and out times if they’ve been interacting with you throughout the year.
- Take note of people’s schedules – It may seem silly at first, but noticing when the bathrooms are busy or when everyone comes back before lunch could save you from having to wait for a shower or a sink to brush your teeth.
- Go to floor events – Showing up for floor events will give you facetime with your RA and the other residents on your floor, and when people recognize you, they are much more likely to start a conversation or help when you run out of laundry detergent!
When you live on-campus, there are a variety of opportunities you have to make new friends and make your living situation that much easier and comfortable. Follow these steps to be sure you’re making the most of the experience!
Job Opportunities on Campus
Many students hold part-time jobs both on and off-campus during their time at CU Denver. This can help with tuition or give students extra cash for the weekends! At the University of Colorado-Denver we have multiple opportunities for students to work on-campus, getting to know the school and acquiring additional experience.
When working for the school as a student, you’ll take on one of two types of employment: hourly or work-study. To qualify for work-study, students must submit a FAFSA and be awarded money in the form of work-study. They must also be enrolled in at least 6 credits as an undergraduate, 3 as a graduate, or 5 as a professional student.
An on-campus job is a great way to earn extra money, gain experience, and meet new people. Curious about openings? Head over to our student employment page. More information about employment at CU Denver, including contact information, can be found here.
The most important thing for all of our students and staff is to feel safe on campus. Here at the University of Colorado Denver, we take extra precautions to create a positive environment for everyone. Safety is important to us because we want our visitors to feel comfortable, our faculty and staff to enjoy coming to work, and our students to reach their full potential without extra worry or concern.
CU Denver’s police department along with other people and policies work to provide a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Do not hesitate to contact someone if you have a concern. This may include being locked out of your dorm, having car problems, dealing with a break-in or stolen goods, or sexual assault.
Campus police is our main security enforcement, however there are other measures in place to ensure safety. Take notice of emergency buttons in the city so that you do not need to hesitate when you may need one. The Denver police is in place for your protection when you are off campus. On campus, remember that students can reach out to RAs and counselors for help.
At CU Denver, we place great importance on safety. Security measures are in place to be used when needed. To report or request 24/7 service for a crime, suspicious person, fire or hazardous materials spill, or medical or any other emergency, call 911 from any campus telephone or 303-724-4444 from your cell phone to be connected to University Police. For non-emergency service or questions, please call 4-4444 from any campus phone or 303-724-4444 from your cell phone.
Attending an Out-of-State School v. In-State School
Some students know right away if they want to travel for school or stay close to home, but for many, it’s a difficult decision. The location of a school is just one aspect to consider, but it can ultimately influence your future. Check out our pros and cons for in-state and out-of-state schools.
- Additional Financial Aid – save yourself from the burden of large loans after graduation by choosing a school that offers tuition breaks for state residents
- Family Support – it will be easier to see family or friends from home when things start to feel overwhelming
- Reputation – if you’re considering a job in your home state after graduation, employers will recognize a school close to them and most likely have hired many students from these colleges in the past
- Less Academic Variety – when you only consider close schools, you might miss out on the major you’re most interested or talented in because it simply isn’t offered in-state
- Too Comfortable – you may not be inclined to reach out to new people or try different things because you will have old friends and routines to fall back on
- Harder to Stand Apart – it might take some time to find what sets you apart from other students who share the same home state and even home town
- More Opportunity – moving to a place that has more resources and a higher population means more networking and experience opportunities
- Larger Independence – learn what it’s really like to live on your own and become more comfortable doing so in the future when you land your dream job
- Explore a Totally Different Environment – living out-of-state gives you the rare chance to immerse yourself in a different culture and way of life
- Far From Home – you wouldn’t be able to see family or friends from home whenever the feeling strikes and might feel lonely
- Higher Expenses – out-of-state tuition can be more expensive and you won’t have the choice to live at home to save money
- Moving In and Out – shipping belongings and buying plane tickets or gas can get expensive and tiring when you have hundreds or even thousands of miles to travel back home
Though making the decision to stay in-state or move out-of-state for college may seem daunting, figuring out what is important to you compared to what each experience can offer is the first step to a great choice.