Naropa University offers several resources to assist you in securing housing, whether it be on- or off-campus. Our on-campus housing options include everything from private one bedroom apartments with 12 month leases to more economical shared housing options on academic year leases. If you are interested or have questions about on-campus housing, please email inquiries to Stephan Fitzgerald Taylor, the Director of Campus and Residential Life. However, if you would like to explore off-campus housing options, check out the resources below.
For Those Offering Housing
Please consider posting your listing with our partners at www.4stay.com. 4stay.com allows for prospective residents to find your listing easily and efficiently.
For Those Looking for Roommates
If you are looking for roommates for housing, either on or off-campus, please check out our Virtual Roommate Mixer on MyNaropa.
AVERAGE MONTHLY RENTAL COSTS IN BOULDER COUNTY (EXCLUDING UTILITIES)
Studio apartment: $1,100+ 1 Bedroom apartment: $1,500+ 2 Bedroom apartment: $1,900+ 3 Bedroom apartment: $2,500+
It may be beneficial to cut down on the cost of a rental by renting with others, finding roommates, or subletting spaces from others.
Landlords, in general, require references and more than likely a credit check. If you have not rented before they may also require a co-signer on the lease. Boulder has “pre-leasing” which means most apartments are leased in January-March with move in date in August. Most landlords also require a one year lease (typically August–July).
Some departments are located near the Paramita campus (near 30th and Glenwood), while others are located at the Nalanda campus (at 63rd and Arapahoe), so be sure to arrange your housing location accordingly. On-campus housing is located near the Arapahoe campus (2130 Arapahoe Avenue) and near bus stops that will take you to either Paramita or Nalanda within 10-20 minutes.
TIPS FOR AN EFFECTIVE HOUSING SEARCH
- Check online for listings at a reputable site like MyNaropa (must be logged in to view) or Housing Helpers. Do not rely on Craigslist alone; about 20% of all listings on Craigslist are scams.
- The Boulder Creative Housing Facebook page has posts all of the time with people looking for housing and people with housing available. You can put your ad in there too!
- Marpa House is an urban residence in Boulder based on the Shambhala vision of enlightened society. They warmly welcome residents—from a variety of disciplines and lineages—who are committed to the path of meditation. Through living together and supporting each other, the Marpa House community creates a training ground of social transformation, uplifted household and group practice. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- When you find a listing you are interested in, call or email immediately - don't wait. In fact, email AND call. Leave a courteous message or send a courteous email, do not wait for the landlord or agent to get back to you; there is a lot of competition, and they usually don't respond. Persistence is key in finding housing in Boulder. Keep calling or sending new emails until you get a response.
- Have copies of your housing references to give out. Some people write a paragraph "bio" of themselves and their rental history. For example, "Tom S., 30 years old, works at a small college, Boulder resident for eleven years. Lived in previous apartment three years, house before that, four years. Responsible, quiet, no pets." If you have skills they might desire, then list them. Writing a bio not only helps you put your best foot forward, it gives the agent a way to remember you. When they get fifty calls a day, that's important.
- Don't get discouraged. Check all your listing sources (websites, boards, etc.) as often as they are updated for new listings.
- If you have a service pet or emotional support animal AND paperwork to prove this, property managers and apartment complexes cannot charge you extra nor deny you occupancy because of the animal. (The law is a bit vague with independent landlords.) However, you cannot be denied housing because of your support animal.
- Drive/bike around neighborhoods; some landlords do not advertise other than putting a sign in the yard.
- If the price seems too good to be true, it is. Generally speaking, the farther out from the center of town, the less expensive the housing. The surrounding communities of Broomfield, Lafayette, Superior, Gunbarrel, Niwot, Longmont, and Louisville typically have less expensive housing.
Naropa University takes no responsibility for individuals seeking or offering housing. This responsibility is placed solely on the individual. It is highly recommended that you ask for references from those who call in search of housing. Similarly, it is suggested that you screen individuals offering housing situations.