5.4 out of 10

University Hill

Ranked 5th best neighborhood in Boulder
40.0373704211453 -105.262657587822
Great for
  • Schools
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Internet Access
  • Public Transport
Not great for
  • Parking
  • Cost of Living
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists


4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 2/5

"The Hill is for students, vagabonds and really rich Boulderites too:)"

The Hill is a funny place, funny in the sense that it has some of the raunchiest, college rentals and party houses near The Hill commerce area and on the edge of the CU campus and...The Hill just blocks away from CU have some of the most amazing architecturally stunning homes and properties in Boulder. Once you get up towards Baseline Road and you are hugging the mountain, there are the ultra modern homes you see in magazines, big historic stone castle like homes and old historic Victorian homes with sweeping porches. The Hill is steep, thus its name, and it is a great neighborhood. The souls that for some reason can't stand the students in Boulder should not live around the campus, but for those who love culture, history, architecture, wildlife and have some cash to lay down--The Hill is a great neighborhood. Plus Chautauqua is just on the other side of Baseline and that alone is great to live by.
  • close to Chautauqua
  • close to downtown Boulder
  • Close to campus
  • students
  • noise
  • trafiic on the main routes
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 1/5

"Where the students rule"

University Hill is the place to be . . . if you are a college student. If not, only visit for the spectacle of young people newly released from the chains of parental domination. They are definitely amusing (I was once one myself) but mature . . . no. I assume I am writing for an older crowd here, people looking to settle, but for any student that is reading, let me tell you why the Hill is awesome, for you.

Campus could not be any closer, from nearly any part of the Hill you can get to it within 10 minutes of walking, less if you have a bike or longboard. Many places are equidistant between campus and Pearl Street—a mirror of priorities in my college-aged mind. Nearly everyone you see on the streets is a student, and it is usually pretty easy to find your way into a random party and meet new friends. Rent is pretty overpriced, but there are some hidden gems that exist.

For everyone else, who don’t attend the University of Colorado at Boulder, think twice before renting or buying on the Hill. You will have drunken students walking around your house all the time, so don’t complain about it. This may lead to a broken side mirror or window, but not typically. Some brave families have staked their claim and keep it mature amongst the heathens. I have even seen kids riding their tricycles on the side streets.

Honestly, once you get west of 9th street, it’s not so bad. Most of the older student move that direction and with their wisdom comes a higher degree of maturity. However, remembering my time as a senior, that relative maturity does not mean a whole lot.

Commercially, there are some great stores and restaurants to visit on the Hill. The Sink is a classic Boulder establishment, on the corner on Pennsylvania and 13th. The Fox Theatre has been dishing out incredible live music for twenty years now, and brings in internationally touring acts. And there is no shortage of sub-sandwich, pizza, burrito, and Chinese food to pick from.

If anything, the Hill is a place to reminisce about younger days.
  • Close to campus
  • Cheap food
  • Lots of house parties
  • Loud
  • Drunk
  • High
Recommended for
  • Students

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