Graduate & Family Housing Application Process

Graduate & Family Housing offers affordable, convenient and comfortable living environments to serve the needs of a diverse population of students at CU Boulder including:

  • Graduate and post-doctoral students
  • Families
  • Committed couples
  • Single parents
  • CU faculty/staff
  • Visiting scholars
  • Qualifying undergraduates (must be at least 24 years of age or qualify for family/committed couple status) including U.S. veterans


Graduate & Family Housing applications are taken and processed throughout the year. You can apply at any time. Please contact the Graduate & Family Housing Office with any questions.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Colorado Boulder provides reasonable housing and dining accommodations to residents with disabilities (students, employees and family members of employees). The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a person in one or more major life activities. Major life activities are things like walking, talking, sleeping, hearing, seeing, eating, drinking and other tasks essential to day-to-day living. Housing accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis, founded on documented need.

Residents can request housing and dining accommodations within the Graduate & Family Housing application. When requesting accommodations, the resident will be asked to select from the category below that best describes the accommodation for which they are seeking additional information:

  • Room/apartment modifications
  • Room/apartment reassignment
  • Dietary limitations, including anaphylaxis food allergies
  • Visual/hearing impairments (e.g. flashing fire alarm, light up door bell, etc.)
  • Assistance/emotional support animal

After submitting a request for accommodation, the resident will receive additional instructions and the “Request for Housing Accommodation Form” via email. This form includes a section to be completed by the resident and a section to be completed by a licensed medical professional. Medical documentation must be submitted to the committee on the forms provided. It is recommended that the resident wait to make an appointment or request documentation from a medical provider until they have received the “Request for Housing Accommodation Form.” 

For academic related accommodations, please visit Disability Services. For questions pertaining to service animals, please visit the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance website. If you have additional questions regarding housing and dining accommodations, please contact Occupancy Management at 303-492-6673.

Application Process

Faculty, staff, visiting scholars and postdocs will need to contact the Graduate & Family Housing Office to learn how to log in to the online housing application. All others may use their campus-issued identikey. Please note: It may take up to three weeks for new students to access the housing application after they have received their identikey.

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Submit any required documentation
  3. Graduate & Family Housing will try to match your preferences with an available apartment
  4. If a match is found you will be emailed an offer letter with your move-in date
  5. If you accept the offer, you will pay the security deposit 
  6. If no match is found, you will receive an email with options for your application to keep it active
  7. If a match is found but you decline it, you will be placed back on the waitlist. If you decline two officers, your application will be cancelled

Note: Before you get started with the online application, you must activate your Identikey and set up a password. If you haven’t done this yet, please do so now with the Office of Information Technology. (Processing may take several days.)


Sample Graduate & Family Housing Contract 2017-18


Apartment Type Rates
Studio - furnished $862
Studio - unfurnished $770
One bedroom - furnished $1054 - $1125
One bedroom - unfurnished $1002 - $1131
Two bedroom - furnished $1225 - $1421
Two bedroom - unfurnished $1159 - $1354
Three bedroom - unfurnished $1498 - $1661

Detailed rate PDF