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Commuting to Campus

There are several ways to get to campus!


aerial photo of Anschutz campus from the North

Publi​c Transportation

The CU Anschutz RTD CollegePass​ is available to all degree-seeking students at CU Anschutz enrolled in one or more credit hours. It provides access to all regular, fixed-route service in the Denver Metro area for local, regional and express buses, light rail, Call-n-Ride anSkyRide. Not included in the RTD College Pass program are special services such as Access-a-Ride, BroncosRide, RockiesRide, etc. 

CU Anschutz is accessible via multiple means of public transit. The closest light-rail stations are along the R-Line. The Colfax Station is about a 10 minute walk from campus, as well as the Fitzsimons Station which is accessible to campus via the Anschutz Rail Shuttle. From the R-Line, you're also one stop away from the A-Line which can take you to either downtown Denver or to the Airport at no additional cost with your CollegePass.

lightrail train with sunrise in the background.

There are also multiple RTD bus lines that run through campus. The central bus stop on campus is on Aurora Court and 17th Place just South of the Fitzsimons building by Bonfils Circle. From here, you can board the 15, which runs along Colfax; the 20, which goes to downtown Denver and continues to West Denver; or the FF5 (Flatirons Flyer)​ which is an express bus to downtown Boulder.  

To see where all transit stations on campus are, use ​the Interactive Campus Map and check the 'transit' button on the menu. To fin​d out which route works best for you, use RTD's Trip Planner tool​. You can also access all of RTD's trip planning and scheduling tools through their Mobile Ticketing App.

If you wish to find out more about the RTD CollegePass Program at CU Anschutz, go here for more information.


Bikes and Scooters

Biking to campus is great option. There are bike racks and lockers all over campus, as well as parking for scooters and motorcycles. Please see the facilities page on this topic​ for more information. You can find all of the bike rack and locker locations on the Interactive Campus Map​.

Getting around town by bicycle is easy with all of the biking infrastructure around Aurora and the Denver metro area. There are bike routes and lanes throughout the city. CU Anschutz is also located very close to the Sand Creek and High Line Canal trails (note that sections of these trails are singletrack or gravel, so rugged tires and/or tubes are encouraged). Here are some resources to help you plan your trip:

​Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Interactive Bike Map
Sand Creek Greenway website
High Line Canal Conservancy
City of Aurora Bike Maps
City of Denver Bike Maps​
Bikes Together (non-profit offering free and low cost bike repair, used gear, group rides, and classes)

Additionally, make sure to register your bike with University Police. In the event your bike is stolen, this will help it come back to you if it is recovered.

Lastly, before you ride, make sure you're familiar with the best practices for etiquette and safety.

Rules of the Road from Bicycle Colorado
Bike Safety Tips from Denver Health
Children's Hospital Safety Store (sells affordable bike helmets)


photo of campus rail shuttle in front of fitzsimons building
Intercampus Shuttle

There is an intercampus shuttle that runs between CU Denver and CU Anschutz. It departs every hour from 7 to 5 at 10 minutes after the hour, departing from the front of the Fitzsimons Building and arriving in front of the Lawrence Street Center. It makes two stops along the way, to the old Veterans Affairs Medical Center and to National Jewish Hospital. See the shuttle page for full schedule and details.


Carpooling

Want to Share a Ride? Need a Ride? List your information on the 'Rider Board' located in the parking/transportation office.​


Driving to Campus

Getting to campus by car is easy. The best ways to get here are either off of the Peoria Street exit on I70 or the 17th Place exit on I225. Before you drive, make sure to read up on parking information on the website for the parking office​ for the most up-to-date parking rates and policies. 

The Interactive Campus Map is particularly helpful and includes information on parking, bike rack/bike locker locations, and directions. The parking office is located on the first floor of Building 500, just east of the Food Court area.  ​

If you want to go green and save on parking expenses, you may also consider combining your commute with transit by using one of RTD's several Park and Ride stations (note that fees may apply if your car is registered outside of service district boundaries).