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Life in Colorado

Many people love living in Colorado and we hope you will, too! Below are some resources to help you get started, but if you have additional questions please contact the PDA​

Where to Live

The Denver metro area has many great neighborhoods. The best fit for you and your family will depend on your personal situation, but this guide and this article can help you decide where you will be happiest. 

You may also want to consider access to schools/child care and public transportation in your housing decision. More information related to those aspects can be found in the sections below. 

Parenting and Child Care

  • Know your rights! 
    • Although all postdocs are guaranteed some leave for pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions, the amount of time will vary based on your classification as either a trainee or employee.​
    • If eligibility requirements are met, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides 12 weeks of unpaid leave for pregnancy, childbirth, and/or baby bonding, and allows employees to keep their health insurance.
    • At educational institutions, including CU Anschutz, the medical needs of employees during pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions are protected by Title IX and Title VII​.
    • Learn more about federal protections for scholar-parents here.
  • The Campus Student Services website maintains a list of schools and child care options in the area​.
  • The Anschutz campus has a support group for new parents called Milk and Cookies. The group also offers travel grants to help with the expenses of child care while you are attending a conference or workshop.
  • Lactation spaces are available throughout the campus for breastfeeding parents. More information and a map can be found here

Getting Around

  • ​The Regional Transportation District (RTD) operates the public transportation lines in and around Denver. The University offers an Eco Pass Progam, which allows employees to purchase an unlimited RTD pass for $25 a month.
    Tip: Type in "26572" on the RTD Next Ride App to determine when buses will arrive at the Building 500 stop on campus.
  • Commuting by bike is very popular in Denver but can also be dangerous. If you are a bike commuter, make sure to stick to bike friendly routes, use lights at night, and ALWAYS wear a helmet.  

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