Housing Resources

Naropa University offers numerous resources to assist you in everything from looking for a place to live, to mediation referrals and pet costs. Student Affairs is located on the second floor of Wulsin Hall (Arapahoe Campus) and has free information about housing, food resourced etc. 

Housing Bulletin Board

Residence Life manages an off campus housing facebook page called “Naropa Off Campus Housing and Resources”. This is a great way to communicate with the Naropa community about what type of housing you are looking for or what sort of housing options you have available to rent.

For Those Offering Housing

  • Your Name:
  • Your Contact Information: (Phone and/or e-mail address)
  • Rent:
  • Description: (200 words or fewer, please)

For Those Seeking Housing

  • Your Name:
  • Your Contact Information: (Phone and/or e-mail address)
  • Rent willing to pay:
  • Requirements: (200 words or fewer, please)

Average Rental Costs in Boulder County (excluding utilities)

  • Studio apartment:  $900+
  • 1 Bedroom apartment: $1,250+
  • 2 Bedroom apartment: $1,800+
  • 3 Bedroom apartment: $2,100+

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 Jan-Mar with move in date in August. Most landlords also require a one year lease (August –July).

Some departments (MA Somatic Counseling, MA Contemplative Psychotherapy, MA Transpersonal Counseling Psychology) are located at the Paramita Campus (near 30th and Glenwood), and the MFA and BFA performance programs are located at the Nalanda Campus (at 63rd and Arapahoe), so be sure to arrange your housing location accordingly. 

Tips for an Effective Housing Search

  • Check online for listings at a reputable site like the Naropa Housing site or Housing Helpers. Do not just rely on Craigslist, about 20% of all listings on Craigslist are scams. 
  • The Facebook Page: Boulder Creative Housing, has posts all of the time with people looking for housing and people with housing available, put your ad in there too!
  • When you find a listing you are interested in, call or e-mail immediately - don't wait. In fact, email AND call.
  • Leave a courteous message or send a courteous e-mail, do not wait for the landlord or agent to get back to you; there is a lot of competition, and they usually won't. Persistence is key in finding housing in Boulder.
  • Keep calling or sending new e-mails 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, "Inge S, 30, 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, emotional support animal AND paperwork to prove this, Property Managers, 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, they put a sign in the yard.
  • If the price seems too good to be true, it is.
  • The farther out from the center of town, the less expensive the housing.
  • Broomfield, Lafayette, Superior, Gunbarrel and Louisville (surrounding communities) 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. .