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Old 01-09-2011, 10:38 PM   #1
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Right now I'm in College in Billings Montana, when I graduate I plan to go to Boulder for Graduate school in Geology. I'm just curious as to if any of you went there and if you have any advice like what it costs to live there or just anything you have that may help out.. I dont know if this is supposed to be in the central discussion but feel free to tell me where to move it.

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Old 01-09-2011, 10:45 PM   #2
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The cost of living in Boulder is pretty high compared to a place like Billings (I'm guessing). A one bedroom apartment will likely cost you $800+ a month there. Everything is a bit pricey there to be honest, at least compared to the rest of Colorado. It's a nice town, but it's a little on the white and privileged side of things.
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Just make sure you allot yourself some funds for Boulder's finest pot.
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Old 01-09-2011, 10:51 PM   #4
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Just make sure you allot yourself some funds for Boulder's finest pot.
Which is mostly BC's finest pot from what I understand.
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Old 01-09-2011, 10:52 PM   #5
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Im actually going into my last semester of undergrad. at CU Boulder.

Rent here is pretty pricey.

Right now I live in a one bedroom near campus and I pay around $720 ish when you add rent + utilities.

its a lot cheaper if you get a roomie but if you really want to save $$ and dont mind commuting to campus then I suggest living in Broomfield or Superior where the rent is a lot cheaper.
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you will like boulder, like a big red lodge.... waaay more hot chicks, great party scene

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Old 01-09-2011, 11:08 PM   #7
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I'm hoping I can graduate there and then get a job in the surrounding area and be closer to broncos, rockies, and avalanche and be working in a hydrogeology field. I'm also hoping that by that time the Buffs have rebounded from the embarrassing last few seasons!
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We live on the outskirts of Boulder. We love it here.
If you're single you can easily find roommates.
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I'm hoping I can graduate there and then get a job in the surrounding area and be closer to broncos, rockies, and avalanche and be working in a hydrogeology field. I'm also hoping that by that time the Buffs have rebounded from the embarrassing last few seasons!
Why would you choose CU Boulder for hydrogeology?
CSU FortCollins would be the place to go. School of Mines if you want a job that pays.
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Why would you choose CU Boulder for hydrogeology?
CSU FortCollins would be the place to go. School of Mines if you want a job that pays.
School of Mines. +1
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I had my first real bed spins and massive chunder night in Boulder. A nasty mix of Coors and stouffers cauliflower in cheesy sauce heated in the microwave. After about 20 mins of percolating at 1:00 a.m. I think I covered about 2 square blocks with projectile launches.

Now I completely understand that this does nothing to help you out in regard to your question but this is pretty much what happens when you come to the mane seeking information.
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Right now I'm in College in Billings Montana, when I graduate I plan to go to Boulder for Graduate school in Geology. I'm just curious as to if any of you went there and if you have any advice like what it costs to live there or just anything you have that may help out.. I dont know if this is supposed to be in the central discussion but feel free to tell me where to move it.

Anything helps guys!
I didn't go to school there, but I am a native Boulderite. You'll find the rent to be high as others have noted. Boulder has a lot of good restaurants, a fun bar scene, a great farmer's market, and world class outdoor recreation. Also, a bunch of hot college chicks. Boulder is affluent, white, and liberal, and has most everything that goes along with that, good and bad.
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How much bomb chronic you gonna be smoking in Boulder. Lets be honest here. That ks one major reason you are making the move. Reefer madness. Never go to meth alley.
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Im actually going into my last semester of undergrad. at CU Boulder.

Rent here is pretty pricey.

Right now I live in a one bedroom near campus and I pay around $720 ish when you add rent + utilities.

its a lot cheaper if you get a roomie but if you really want to save $$ and dont mind commuting to campus then I suggest living in Broomfield or Superior where the rent is a lot cheaper.

720 is expensive? I've got to get out of l.a.
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Old 01-10-2011, 01:16 AM   #15
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720 is expensive? I've got to get out of l.a.

People where I live think $650 is pricey for rent & utilities...then I tell them where I lived in Northern VA and Pennsylvania if you could find a decent place for $800 a month in rent alone you were lucky.

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People where I live think $650 is pricey for rent & utilities...then I tell them where I lived in Northern VA and Pennsylvania if you could find a decent place for $800 a month in rent alone you were lucky.

That's nothing compared to Southern California. Our immediate neighbors have a nice one story, 3 bedroom home with a decent backyard and pool that just sold for 960k. Ridiculous.
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That's nothing compared to Southern California. Our immediate neighbors have a nice one story, 3 bedroom home with a decent backyard and pool that just sold for 960k. Ridiculous.

I agree. They have houses out here that rent for $850 a month. Southern colorado is not exactly known for high incomes. Also have a couple of houses around here for sale well over 300k. No way in hell are they worth that. Not for the acre of land they sit on. For 300k in Wetmore, CO I could buy 300 acres and a ranch and have a nice chunk of change left over.

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Old 01-10-2011, 03:20 AM   #18
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Default CU for hydrogeology? It's a LibArt University.

Just sayin' CSU (aka Colorado A&M) offers Master of Science and PhD in Earth Sciences in
Hydrogeology & Hydrogeophysics as well as many specialties in water/land management.
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You didn't already know that you were paying more for rent than nearly everyone everywhere?
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Don't let all the nay-sayers get to you. I have several friends who think highly of the Geology program there, and are very gainfully employed in the area. Boulder is multiple schools - they have a liberal arts school, but also Engineering, Business, Science, etc.

Everyone tends to judge Boulder and it's students by the Liberal arts students (full disclaimer, I have a degree in History from CU), and for the most part, the school of Arts & Sciences is really the school of Arts & Parties. On the other hand, I also have degree in C.S from the School of Engineering, and for the most part, the only partying we did was late nights on the couches the line the engineering center, while pulling late nights studying.

Boulder is pricey - and as a student you can get a discount bus pass. Stay close to US-36, or in one of the Boulder burbs - Lousville, Lafayette, Niwot, Gunbarrel, or if you are really desperate, Longmont, and you will be fine.
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well the reason I'm Looking at CU is my wife is going to go into massage therapy and I know there is a school for that in Boulder. And I don't party anymore or smoke so that isn't a deciding factor in it haha. But would you guys say that CSU or the mines is better for a masters in Geology even though i'm not going into engineering
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boulder is an awesome town , you wont be dissapointed. It is a little pricy for a college town, but its worth it.
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...But would you guys say that CSU or the mines is better for a masters in Geology even though i'm not going into engineering
If you have to ask, than you haven't bothered to look. As your question has been answered, you don't appear to listen. Because of those, I'd say education won't help you and spending money for one would be detrimental.
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If you have to ask, than you haven't bothered to look. As your question has been answered, you don't appear to listen. Because of those, I'd say education won't help you and spending money for one would be detrimental.
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