For general information about travel to and living in the United States, see the U.S. Dept. of state's webpage www.educationusa.state.gov. For information on Boulder, Colorado, including maps of the city, see www.ci.boulder.co.us.
Travel to Boulder
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 (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 6:15 a.m. and 11:20 p.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.See www.rtd-denver.com/ for the most current information.
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 2 blocks southeast of Union Station.
Please note that you must have exact change to ride the RT. The drivers on the bus do not have the ability to give change, so check the fares before you arrive.
Super Shuttle Boulder provides van service from DIA to Boulder. Vans drop off directly at one of several hotels in Boulder or at several University of Colorado campus locations for approximately $33. For a slightly higher fee, you can be taken to any address inside Boulder. Tickets must be purchased from the Super Shuttle Boulder ticket counter located in the airport terminal or in advance online at http://www.supershuttle.com/Locations/DENBoulderDIAExpressAirportShuttle.aspx. You may also reserve by phone at 303-227-0000.
Lastly, taxi service is available between Boulder and Denver. This is the most expensive option at approximately $90 -$110 for a one-way trip.
While Naropa has on-campus housing for new and transfer first-year students only, off-campus housing assistance is available through the Student 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 and Transpersonal Psychology programs and Gerontology should be aware that most of their classes will be on the Paramita campus, 3285 30th Street, rather than on the Arapahoe campus
Between the dates of August 1st through August 16th, we are offering temporary housing at Snow Lion for those of you who would like to arrive and then search for an independent living situation. The temporary housing is offered at $50/night and includes a full kitchen, a fully furnished living room area, plenty of closet space and wireless internet service. The apartments have two bedrooms and are co-ed. This means the apartment may be shared by men and women, with the women housed in one bedroom and the men in the other. The common areas such as the kitchen, living room and bathroom are shared by all. If this presents an issue for you, please let us know and we will try to make other arrangements at Snow Lion for you.
There is limited temporary housing and availability is on a first- come first- served basis. So if you are interested, please email Bob Cillo, Dean of Students, firstname.lastname@example.org to let him know of your interest.
Hotels and Motels
You may also try the Boulder International Youth Hostel, 1107 12th Street, 303-442-0522. Rooms run from approximately $15 to $40 per night, depending on the room type. You can email the hostel at: email@example.com; web address: www.boulderhostel.com.
All calls in the Boulder-Denver area require a nine-digit number. For example, to call the International Student Advisor at Naropa from DIA you would dial 303-546-3592.
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 you 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.
Shipment of Unaccompanied Baggage
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.
How Much Money Should You Bring With You?
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 $1200 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) 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.