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Variety—house parties on The Hill, bars on Pearl Street, huge frat parties, and weekends in the mountains. Oh yeah, and when you want to skip the party, lots of weed and Boulder Baked cookies.
Weed, booze, and mountains: we're off to a quality start! 8.5 out of 10.
Everyone lives on The Hill, just West of campus. There are a few huge apartment complexes, but mostly 4/5/6 plus room houses where landlords expect kegs to be thrown through walls. House Parties are big every night of the week. They're especially huge before the bars, after the bars and on game-days (even though we suck). Admittedly, house parties generally get broken up by the Po-Po before the get too out of hand. But kegs of Coors are like $40 and someone's house is always raging.
Did you know that landlords not only put up with kegs in apartments, they expect them to used as tools of destruction? What a magical place. 9 out of 10.
Bars and Clubs:
Outside of Austin and a couple of SEC college towns, it's the best bar scene in the country. Bars are hard as shit on IDs, but once you are 21 (or know someone who works at a bar) the fun begins. The Hill has a few, smaller bars that get packed and crazy. Most of the action is on Pearl Street. Awesome rooftop bars, some good basement dives for the English majors to pontificate on Proust and some more club-style places blasting 80s music for the sorority girls. It's a short walk from The Hill, so no driving needed. Denver is also close enough if you want a change in scenery and weekends at Vail/Aspen bars take it up another level.
EVERYONE—not just sorority girls—likes 80s music. Just needed to clear that up.
Minus points for a tough ID scene. But bonus points for the president being a fan of Boulder's dive-y college bars. 8.5 out of 10.
Big enough where huge parties are thrown, not so big that it rules campus partying. Sorority girls at CU are smoking though, so mixers at Denver bars or local spots, and formals in Vail, Aspen and Steamboat are top notch. Not too many other colleges, can you end up naked in the hot tub with a bunch of sorority girls and the snow falling over the Rockies behind you.
Can we get a time machine to go to college? A... hot tub time machine? 8 out of 10.
Yes. Very much so. USC might have hot blonde Newport girls. Texas might have hot Texan bombshells. SEC schools might have Southern Belles. CU has hot blonde Newport girls, Texan bombshells and Southern belles. Kids come from all over the country to party and live in the most scenic landscape in the country (California and Texas represent the largest number out-of-state students). Also, local girls are fit, outdoorsy and cool and can party with the best of them.
Cool stoner chicks! Texas girls! Cali girls! Hey everyone, we're all gettin' laid! 9.5 out of 10.
No one tailgates. But house parties, bars and frats are nuts before and after games. Plus everyone loves to visit Boulder, so the opposing team's student body generally comes in masses to rage. Since CU joined the Pac-12, USC games have been particularly nuts (Since Colorado is basically University of California at Boulder). They also had to outlaw marshmallows at games because everyone would freeze them and throw them at each other, the football teams (including ours) and the security staff.
Anyone who's been to a game recently can tell you: The Pac-12 is sneakily the most fun football conference in the country. 8.5 out of 10.
420. Enough said.
But... but. 7 out of 10.
Are other campuses located on the foot of the Rocky Mountains and an hour away from the best skiing and snowboarding in the country? No? Didn't think so.
A compelling case, for sure. If you like the snow, the drugs, and the location, Colorado is an amazing school to go to. 9.5 out of 10.
Overall How We Party Standings, Week 16:
2. COLORADO: 8.56
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