Move In

We’re excited to have you join us in the University Apartments! We would like to make your stay in our apartments as comfortable and seamless as possible. The following information and resources will be helpful to you as you move in.

Apartment Office Business Hours

Aggie Village Family

Monday & Friday
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday – Thursday
1:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Aggie Village

Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

International House

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

University Village

Monday – Friday
7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Checking In

You can check in to your apartment any time during business hours. You can also check in after the offices close up until 10 PM by calling the duty phone. We advise you to plan your flight and shuttle transportation to arrive in Fort Collins before 9 PM. You will need to stay in a hotel for the night if you arrive after 10 PM. Expect the check-in process to take about 30 to 45 minutes. You will need to present photo identification (i.e., passport) during check-in.

What to Bring

Furnished Apartment

Aggie Village and International House are available furnished only. In University Village and Aggie Village Family apartments, you can choose whether to have your apartment furnished or not furnished. Furnished apartments may include your choice of the following furniture (depending on availability):

  • Sofa and chair
  • Coffee table
  • Dining table and chairs
  • Beds
    • Single bed (39×80 inches; 99×203 cm)
    • Full Size (54×80 inches; 137×203 cm)
  • Chest of drawers
  • Study desk and chair
  • Kitchens are equipped with a refrigerator and electric stove.
Items Not Provided
  • Linens
  • Toiletries
  • Kitchenware
  • Dishes
  • Pots and pans
  • Microwave
  • Small applicances

If buying linens for one of our beds, make sure you buy the right dimensions mentioned above.

Also, there is no food provided in the apartment. You may want to bring/buy some snacks for your first night in the apartment if you arrive late.

A typical student will spend approximately $185 a month on personal expenses. Plan to bring additional money for setting up your apartment.

Renter's Insurance

We strongly recommend all residents purchase a renter’s insurance policy. There are two main reasons for obtaining renter’s insurance. First is to protect your property against theft or damage. Second is for the liability coverage, to protect you from a civil lawsuit based on your negligence. Every renter’s insurance is slightly different. Shop around for the policy that meets your needs. Feel free to ask your area office for more details.

Campus Resources

Ram Welcome/ New Student Orientation

All new and transfer students, whether they are international or domestic students, attend Ram Welcome normally scheduled the weekend before classes start in the fall. For more information, visit Orientation & Transition Programs. The Office of International Programs and the office of Orientation & Transition Programs host an orientation designed specifically for International Students. During orientation, staff covers topics from immigration to class scheduling, among many others.

RamCard/ Student ID

Stop by the RamCard Office on the lower level of the Lory Student Center Room 31 to pick up your RamCard. Students, staff, and faculty at CSU are eligible to receive a RamCard. All students must be admitted and registered. Staff and faculty must be entered into the Human Resources database. A $25 charge will be applied for your RamCard, and you should be prepared to have your picture taken

CSU Health Network

The CSU Health Network is a student support service that provides a full range of medical, mental health, and health education and prevention services to optimize the health of students and the campus community. All domestic graduate students and international students are required to purchase the CSU health insurance plan or show proof of equivalent coverage. Please note that the CSU health insurance plan begins the date that classes begin. It is recommended that students have a temporary insurance coverage up to this date.

International Student Care Coordinators
Staff members that especially enjoy working with international students and provide assistance in using the American health care system. Coordinators work to address your health care concerns, answer questions and connect you to relevant resources.
Learn more about coordinators

Campus Recreation

The Student Recreation Center is open for drop-in recreation and activities all hours the building is open. Membership is required to use the Student Recreation Center.

Emergency Texting Service

The Emergency Text Alert System is used to send alerts in the event of an emergency on the Fort Collins campus. The system is only used during a safety emergency or unexpected closing of the campus, such as a snow day.

SafeWalk

Campus Service Officers (CSOs) are students employed by the CSU Police Department. They are available to walk with you anyplace on campus or within a two block radius of campus. Simply call (970) 491-1155.

Childcare Facilities

On Campus

Off Campus

Connect Your Technology

Before Coming to Campus

University policy requires that computer systems have current operating systems, patches and updates.

  • Windows, Apple, Macintosh or Unix/Linus operating systems are allowed
  • Windows computers are required to have current anti-virus software
  • Free anti-virus software options (Microsoft Security Essentials, Avast, and AVG)

Bring a network cable (Cat5 computer cable with RJ45 connectors)

Install and update anti-virus/anti-spyware programs

Ensure your operating system has the latest patches and updates

Getting Around Fort Collins

Do You Need to Buy a Car?

Students buying a car need to register their new vehicle, have a valid driver’s license, and have car insurance. For more information, visit Division of Motor Vehicles. There is a $21 fee for new driver’s license. Driver’s license offices only accept cash or checks – no credit or debit cards. New driver’s licenses should arrive no later than 30 days.

Transfort

City of Fort Collins’ Public Transportation System with options to get to campus and around Fort Collins. All students receive a transit pass on their Ramcard (included in student fees).

Zipcar

Need a car? Borrow a Zipcar! Colorado State University has partnered with Zipcar to bring self-service, on-demand car sharing to the area. To use Zipcars, students and employees should register as a Zipcar member, reserve a car online or by phone, use your Zipcard to enter the car, and drive away.

RamRide

RamRide is a safe-ride program provided through the Associated Students of Colorado State University. This program provides safe, non-judgmental rides for Colorado State University students with the goal of improving the safety of the Fort Collins community. Rides are provided on Thursday nights from 10PM to 2AM. On Friday & Saturday nights, rides are provided from 10PM to 3AM.

Bike Share

The campus and Fort Collins bike share program provides short-term bike rental across town through Zagster. Membership in the bike share program is available to anyone in the public 18 years of age or older.

Bike Purchasing

Fort Collins has a lot of friendly bike stores.

  • Lee’s Cyclery: 202 West Laurel Street
  • Road 34: 1213 West Elizabeth Street
  • Fort Collins Bike Co-op: 331 North College Avenue
  • Recycled Cycles: Lory Student Center, Lower Level North
Bike Registration

All bicycles ridden or parked on the CSU campus must be registered with the CSU Police Department. Exceptions to the registration will be made for bicyclists who are visitors to campus. A registration decal, known as a CSU Bicycle License, must be placed on the bicycle. Cost: $10.00. You can purchase your bicycle registration at the CSU Police Department, 750 Meridian Ave, Fort Collins, CO, 80523.

Electric Appliance Guide

When purchasing electronic appliances for your apartment it is important to choose appliances that are both sustainable and affordable in terms of initial cost as well as yearly energy usage costs. Energy demands from our electronic appliances directly impact the environment and the health of our community. The majority of energy created by Fort Collins utilities comes from the combustion of coal which can affect air quality and releases greenhouse gases. Below are a few tips to keep in mind when making your apartment purchases.

Energy Star Certified

ENERGY STAR is the trusted, government-backed symbol for energy efficiency. Remember that energy star not only applies to large appliances such as dishwashers but also common household items like coffee machines and rice cookers.

Energy-Saving Tips
  • Replace old appliances to save money on future utility bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
    • Old appliances are inefficient and use a great deal of electricity and water
    • Newer appliances are also safer
  • Purchase CFL or LED light bulbs
    • According to the Environmental Protection Agency, CFL’s (compact fluorescent light bulbs) use 75% less energy than regular light bulbs (incandescent)
  • Use a clothes line or indoor drying rack for laundry
  • Unplug appliances when they are not in use
    • Appliances, especially those with clocks and digital displays, pull energy even when you aren’t using them
  • Avoid using a space heater
    • they use a lot of energy and often pose a fire danger if left unattended.
City Rebate Programs

Be on the lookout for rebates offered by the City for electronic appliances. They are constantly changing and the best way to keep current is to visit the City of Fort Collins’ rebates & programs website.

  • For example, you could get a $50 bill credit for purchasing an Energy Star high-efficiency clothes washer as well as a zero-interest loan.

Remember you can always take your personal appliances with you when you leave the on campus apartments. If you purchased energy star appliances you will reap the benefits of the energy efficiency on your future monthly energy bills.

If you ever have any questions or need help with ideas please contact the Sustainability Coordinator for Housing & Dining Services, Timothy Broderick, at Tim.Broderick@colostate.edu