Travel, Parking, and Visitor Information

Early Arrivals/Late Departures (June and July sessions only)

Due to the early start time on day one and the late end time on day two, families may find it necessary to arrive the day before orientation begins or stay a day after. Students and parents attending a June or July orientation may request to arrive one night early (early arrival) and/or stay one night later (late departure) in the residence hall if space is available.

Whenever possible, students who arrive early or stay late will be assigned to rooms with other orientation students or in adjacent rooms. Indicate your requests for extra nights in the housing section of the Orientation Reservation System. Please be sure to note the dates of your early arrival/late departure. Assume your space is guaranteed once submitted.

There is an additional fee for early arrivals/late departures. Go to Orientation Costs for specific information. Parents/guests must pay in advance online. Students requesting early arrivals/late departures will be required to pay at orientation housing check-in (double occupancy only); no advance payment is available. If you need to make changes in your early arrival/late departure plans (including cancellation) after making your reservation, call the Office of Orientation at 303-492-4431.

Check-in for early arrival campus housing will be at the Aden Hall front desk for students and parents/guests anytime between noon and 11:00 p.m. the day before orientation begins.  Enter Aden Hall using the west doors.

Boulder Hotel/Motel and Visitor Information

Information on local lodging and other visitor information is made available by the Boulder Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.  Call 303-442-2911 or visit www.bouldercoloradousa.com.  Local accommodations can fill quickly during the week of August orientation and residence hall move-in.  It is recommended that reservations be made well in advance.

Ground Transportation from Denver International Airport (DIA)

Ground transportation can be arranged from DIA to Boulder through:

  • Regional Transportation District (www.rtd-denver.com or 1-800-366-7433) Skyride bus route AB is the public transportation system between DIA and the downtown Boulder bus terminal. Stops are made along Broadway (the street that forms the western boundary of the campus). Upon arriving in downtown Boulder, local bus or taxi service can help you reach your final destination. For RTD Route AB schedule information, go to "Schedules" then "Bus" then "Skyride" then "AB".
  • SuperShuttle (www.supershuttle.com or 1-800-525-3177) offers direct service to the following Boulder hotels: Broker Inn, Millennium Hotel, Boulder Marriott, and Hotel Boulderado. There are also SuperShuttle stops on demand on the CU-Boulder campus at Kittedge Commons, Sewall Hall, and the University Club. You may make a specific drop-off location request of the shuttle driver. Reservations required.
  • GreenRide (http://greenrideboulder.com or 1-303-997-0238)
  • View these and other DIA ground transportation options at http://www.flydenver.com/parkinggt.

Discounted Rides to/from Boulder Campus for CU Affiliates with Disabilities

Disability Services, the ADA Coordinator’s Office, Housing & Dining Services, the Dean of Student’s Office, and Parking & Transportation Services partnered with Via Mobility Services to pilot a program that provides more access to campus to CU students, faculty, and staff with disabilities or temporary injuries that affect mobility.  Information about costs and how to schedule a ride can be found at http://www.colorado.edu/pts/ada-accessible-parking/discounted-rides-disabilities.

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Parking at Orientation

Free parking is available in the RG Zone area (Lots 436/494 including the parking structure) at the southeast corner of Regent Drive and Colorado Avenue. Optional closer parking is available at at the Euclid AutoPark near the Broadway and Euclid Avenue intersection on a space-available basis. The Office of Orientation sells event passes for Euclid AutoPark at a discounted rate. These will be sold at orientation headquarters anytime after 10:00 a.m.. You may park and then buy your event pass later in the day but you must purchase the pass before you return to your car. Please display your permit properly and DO NOT park outside permitted lots, which could result in a ticket. Persons requiring disability accommodations should contact the Office of Orientation at least two weeks prior to attendance at orientation.