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