Living at Snow Lion

Snow Lion MapAll Naropa University on-campus housing is apartment style; these are not old-fashioned dorm rooms! All apartments come with a full kitchen, fully furnished living areas and bedrooms, plenty of closet space, access to an open courtyard, and wireless internet. The complex also includes free off-street parking, a laundry facility (included in your fees), a coin-op laundry facility, a small community meeting space and a meditation room. First-year students are required to live on campus, while upperclass and graduate students are welcome to live on campus. Please keep in mind that required students are given first priority. Snow Lion is located four residential blocks from the 2130 Arapahoe Campus.

Substance-Free Living

Please keep in mind that Snow Lion Apartment Complex is an alcohol-free and drug-free living environment. For the benefit of all community members, please do not bring or use alcohol or drugs in the building or on the property.


Each student will be provided a complete set of bedroom furniture, including a desk, chair, bed and dresser, as well as closet space.

Common spaces in each apartment include a living room with table and chairs, sofa and air conditioner; kitchen with stove and oven, sink and refrigerator; and bathroom with combination bath tub/shower, sink and toilet.

Things to Bring

Consider bringing the following items to make your apartment your own!

  • Bedding (extra long twin sheets)
  • Desk lamp
  • Hangers
  • Clothing and footwear for a variety of weather conditions
  • Office/desk supplies
  • Laptop/tablet
  • Kitchen gadgets, such as blenders, microwave, mixer, etc.
  • Pots and pans
  • Cleaning supplies (sponges, soap, bucket, broom)
  • Throw pillows and blankets
  • Plants
  • Toiletries
  • Decorative items, such as posters, paintings, and knick-nacks
  • Bike, bike lock, helmet, bike light
  • Sunscreen and a water bottle
  • Laundry bag, detergent, dryer sheets, and quarters
  • Tool box
  • First aid kit

Items to Leave at Home

  • Candles (even just for decoration)
  • Space heaters
  • Any appliance that does not have an automatic shut-off function
  • Pets of any variety

Roommate Assignments

The Snow Lion staff tries to pair you with the best roommate match whenever possible based on the lifestyle choices you indicated on your housing application. For this reason, it is important that you are open and honest about your lifestyle dispositions. We will assist you in working through roommate conflicts that may arise; however, most students find that through open and honest communication they are able to resolve living issues on their own.

Co-curricular Activities & Programming

Snow Lion programming is one of the ways we fulfill our mission of helping new undergraduates find ways to make connections between what they are learning in the classroom and their daily lives. Students choose activities according to their personal interests. Some of the themes we choose from are: health awareness, lifestyle choices, social justice and leadership skills. Some events we've sponsored are: pancakes @ noon, 24hr poetry readings, sacred sex talks, movie nights, substance free potlucks, acupuncture and funk your gender dialogue. We also provide resources and connections to our outdoor club, ROOT, as well as other student groups and events.

There are several benefits to engaging in this living and learning concept:

  • to check in with fellow residents and track each one another's well-being,
  • to get you together with people who share your interests,
  • to give you a place to land as first-year students,
  • to help process your experience and to integrate your home life with your school life
  • to learn new things from your peers.

Please indicate on your application your particular areas of interest. You may find that you may be very interested in all of the following and then some.

Community Meetings

It is a valued aspiration to generate an environment in which each person is free to express and discover his or her own unique identity while at the same time finding a common ground with one another in which to live respectfully. This takes some time and effort. Therefore, one important commitment in living at Snow Lion is participation in community meetings, which are held approximately once a month for two hours. In these meetings we make group announcements, pass along important information and work out any problems that may arise in the community. Council process will be used in small groups to facilitate discussion and support our community building. Participation and attendance in community meetings is required. The meetings will be Wednesdays from 12:00pm-1:30pm during community time.