For general information about traveling to and living in the United States, see the U.S. of State’s webpage www.educationusa.state.gov. For information on Boulder, Colorado, including maps of the city, see www.ci.boulder.co.us.
You will probably arrive in Colorado by air through Denver International Airport (DIA). Boulder is located approximately one hour and fifteen minutes from the airport. From DIA you can get directly to Boulder by either the Regional Transportation District (RTD) bus service or by Super Shuttle, a van service. You can also travel to Denver by bus or train, and then to Boulder by bus.
RTD buses leave DIA at one-hour intervals between 4:11 a.m. and 12:22 a.m. every day. Schedules are subject to change, so please check with airport information upon your arrival to get the most current schedule of bus departures to Boulder. Catch the AB/ABA bus on DIA West Terminal Island 6 outside door 506. The fare is $9 for a day pass, and you must have exact change. You can catch a local bus or taxi at the Boulder RTD station to take you to your Boulder destination.
If you travel by train to Denver, you can catch an RTD bus to Boulder outside the train depot (Union Station) during limited hours of the day (check schedule), or at the Market Street bus station located two blocks southeast of Union Station. Fare is $3.50, exact change required.
Super Shuttle Boulder provides van service from DIA to Boulder. Vans leave ten minutes after every hour from 6:10 a.m. to 11:10 p.m. One-way fare is $20 for transportation directly to one of several hotels in Boulder or to several University of Colorado campus locations. For $26, plus $10 for each additional person traveling together to the same location, you can be taken to any address inside Boulder. The rates are slightly higher for outlying areas of Boulder County. Tickets must be purchased from the Super Shuttle Boulder ticket counter located in the airport terminal on baggage level 5 near car rental counters. Reservations are not required, but sometimes the shuttles are full, so you may want to reserve space. Call 303-227-0000.
Taxi service between Boulder and Denver is very expensive - approximately $70-$90.
While Naropa has on-campus housing for new and transfer first-year students only, off-campus housing assistance is available through the housing coordinator. The average cost of an off-campus room in a shared house or apartment is around $500/month, plus utilities. For more information, see the Naropa Housing web page. You may also contact our housing coordinator at email@example.com.
Students are advised not to commit to any housing arrangement before arriving in Boulder and checking the condition and location, meeting potential roommates, etc. Students in the Somatic, Contemplative Psychotherapy & Buddhist Psychology, and Transpersonal Counseling Psychology programs should be aware that most of their classes will be on the Paramita Campus, 3285 30th Street, rather than on the Arapahoe Campus.
Boulder has many hotels and motels. Two that are close to the Naropa campus are Quality Inn, 2020 Arapahoe, 303-449-7550 and University Inn, 1632 Broadway, 303-442-3830. Room rates start at approximately $90 per night.
The charge for local calls in the Denver-Boulder area is 50 cents. Denver to Boulder or Boulder to Denver is a local call. All calls in the Boulder-Denver area require a ten-digit number. For example, to call the international student advisor at Naropa from DIA, you would dial 303-546-3592.
In order to make international phone calls, you can either purchase a phone card or order an international service through a phone company.
If you experience an emergency anywhere in the United States, you can dial 911 to contact the police. A call to this number can be made on any phone, and is free of charge.
Boulder is located on the 40th parallel, at approximately 5,000 ft/1700 meters elevation. Temperatures during the summer months (June, July, August, and sometimes into September) can be fairly high during the day (85+F/30+C), but are often cool at night (50F/10C). The weather usually remains fairly mild through the autumn, becoming colder in November. Boulder has nearly 300 sunny days a year, and daytime winter temperatures vary a great deal, ranging from below freezing to as high as 65F/18C. Temperatures at night can be very cold, reaching 0F/-18C. There are usually several snowfalls each year; these can begin in September and last through May, but in most cases the snow melts a day or so after it falls. One sure thing about Boulder weather is that it is unpredictable, and one should always be prepared for anything.
If you arrive in August, bring warm-weather clothes with you and a few warmer things for evenings and cooler days. If you come from a warm climate and do not own cold-weather clothes, it will probably be best to wait and buy them after your arrival here. There are several sources in Boulder for low-cost and recycled clothing.
Baggage shipped from overseas by sea freight is subject to long delays, loss, damage, theft, and excessive paperwork. We suggest that you investigate the possibility of sending any unaccompanied baggage by airfreight or by parcel post through the mail. Insure all shipments against loss or damage. Mark all packages of clothing and personal effects as "used" in order to avoid having to pay U.S. customs.
If you send baggage by sea freight or airfreight, you will have to clear it through U.S. customs in Denver. If you do not have a U.S. address, you can address it to yourself in care of International Student Advisor, Naropa University, 2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302. Instruct your shipper to send it in bond to the Customs Office in Denver and to have the local receiving agent notify you in care of the International Student Advisor when it arrives in Denver. Be sure to obtain from your shipping agent the name and address of the final carrier or agent in the United States so that you can trace the shipment from here, if necessary.
You will need enough money to get to Boulder from the Denver Airport or wherever your transportation out of your home country ends, as well as funds for temporary housing and food while you are looking for permanent housing. Once you find a room or apartment, you will probably have to pay two months' rent in advance plus a deposit, possibly a total of $1,200 or more. You may also have to pay deposits for utilities (telephone, gas, and electricity.) You will need to purchase textbooks, which can be quite expensive, and you will probably have to purchase items such as bed linens, lamps, possibly cooking utensils, and furniture. Unless you have paid your first semester tuition in advance (to do so, contact the Bursar's Office at Naropa), and unless you already have health insurance, you will need funds to cover these as well. We would therefore recommend that you have a minimum of $8,500 available to you upon your arrival. This amount will cover only initial expenses. You will need additional funds of $1200 or more per month for living expenses. Do not carry large amounts of cash! You should bring most of your funds in the form of traveler's checks or certified bank checks. You may pay your tuition by Visa or MasterCard (2% processing fee for credit card payments.) You may also pay by wire transfer. For instructions on how to do this, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The international student advisor is available to help you with arrival questions and problems, and may be able to find you a Boulder host—someone in the community who can assist with your arrival, and who might be able to provide you with a place to stay for a few days. Email email@example.com. The International Student Group at Naropa can provide you with the email addresses of current Naropa students who will answer your questions about the University and about arriving in Boulder. If you would like a student email “buddy” please email firstname.lastname@example.org.