4.0 out of 10

Aurora 7

Ranked 6th best neighborhood in Boulder
40.0078327521032 -105.250774196768
Great for
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Internet Access
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Transport
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Safe & Sound
  • Peace & Quiet
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • LGBT+


2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5

"East Boulder's student landing pad"

The neighborhood east of the University surrounding Aurora Avenue is kind of a hodge podge of apartment complexes, student housing and near where the main highway 36 dumps into Boulder. There are a lot of students and renters in the area and it is probably one of the cheapest areas to rent if you want to be able to walk to CU. The downside is that it is a little rough and can be a pretty rowdy college scene.

It seems that the roughest spots are on Aurora Avenue and towards campus and around the intersection of Baseline Road and 30th. This is also the intersection where CU's greatest number of college dorms are, the reddish towers that you see when entering Boulder from Denver is called Williams Village "Will Ville" and the university in the last few years has added on more and more dorms so the area is really packed with students.

Even a "rough" neighborhood in Boulder isn't so bad, yes there are students which means noise and lots and lots of foot traffic and bike, but overall its the congestion of the area that makes it less than ideal for buying a home. The prices may be relatively cheaper but a family probably wants to look a bit south into the Martin Acres neighborhood on the west side of HW36 when you are coming into town.

The nice part of Aurora neighborhood is its close proximity to the University and its not that far from downtown Boulder, the Boulder Creek path and Scott Carpenter park is just north as well as some of the family housing and research park of the university.

If you are a student or new to town and really need a cheap place this neighborhood is a common landing place when new to town. It is really close to almost everything including grocery stores, Denny’s and McDonalds (yes there are two in Boulder) as well as gas stations and the usual highway panhandlers at the bottom of the exit ramp.
  • cheap rent
  • grocery/gas and restaurants
  • close to the university
  • highway and traffic congestion
  • rough neighborhoods
  • college central
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • LGBT+
  • Students

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