We know that many students living on or near campus are experiencing their first independent living situation, or introduction to residence halls.
If you're in this situation use this guide to learn and understand the expectations of living in an adult community. While much of this information might seem like common sense, we think you'll find it useful—or at the very least—a helpful refresher for being a good citizen.
This guide was created by the University of Denver, the West University Community Association and the City of Denver's District 3 Police Department.
The near campus/off-campus neighborhood is a residential neighborhood where families and students share a common goal: a quiet, enjoyable residential living area.
How to be a good, responsible neighbor
Respect your neighbors' peace and quiet.
Please recognize that most of those living next door to you, in front of and behind you, work at different times of the day and night. Many have children and some have infants, so please keep the noise to a level that cannot be heard outside your home. Most importantly, get to know your neighbors; they'll look out for your well-being if you look out for theirs.
Pick up your trash.
Whether it's newspapers in your yard, cups left over from parties, empty bottles or paper trash, please pick up the trash in your yard and throw it away. The city has placed trash receptacles behind every home in the neighborhood. If yours is full, please throw your trash in another receptacle; do not leave it on the ground.
Ensure no more than three people live in your home.
Did you know that, for the most part, you live in an R-1 zoning district? That means that the area in which you live is zoned for single-family dwellings. No more than three unrelated individuals can live in an R-1 district. If more than three people are living in your house, you can be fined up to $500 for each incident in which you're cited. Another zoning item (which, if neglected, can result in hefty fines) includes a requirement to shovel sidewalks within 24 hours.
Please park in front of your house.
Many neighbors are elderly or have visitors throughout the day and evening. Just as it would inconvenience your visitors if they could not park in front of your house, please respect your neighbors' visitors.
Understand the meaning of "nuisance."
Under the city of Denver's Nuisance Abatement law, a public nuisance is any property or vehicle where criminal activity occurs, including noise offenses, and disturbing the peace.
What's "too loud"?
If you think your music or people at your party are disturbing a neighbor, then you probably are.
In general, there are two city ordinances with which students are cited in the near off-campus neighborhood. They are known as:
DISTURBANCE OF THE PEACE
i. It shall be unlawful for any person to disturb or tend to disturb the peace of others by violent, tumultuous, offensive or obstreperous conduct or by loud or unusual noises or by unseemly, profane, obscene or offensive language calculated to provoke a breach of the peace or for any person to permit any such conduct in any house or upon any premises owned or possessed by such person or under their management or control, when within such person's power to prevent, so that others in the vicinity are or may be disturbed thereby. (Ch. 38, Article IV, Sec. 38-89 of the Revised Municipal Code of the City and County of Denver.), and
ii. No person shall use or operate or allow to be used or operated any loudspeaker, public address system, radio, tape player, disc player or other sound-amplifying equipment in or on a motor vehicle in such a manner as to be plainly audible at twenty-five (25) feet from the motor vehicle unless a permit has been issued by the manager of excise and licenses pursuant to subsection (e) herein which allows such amplification. (Ch. 38, Article IV, Sec. 38-89 of the Revised Municipal Code of the City and County of Denver).
Know the legal consequences of making too much noise.
If the police respond to your house on a noise-related complaint, they'll contact the people in the house suspected of making the noise, and ask the residents to quiet down.
If they see an illegal act occurring, such as underage drinking, they'll issue you a citation, which often includes a steep fine.
If the police give a warning, and are required to return to the house, they'll break up the party, or shut down the music, and write the residents living at the house tickets. Fines range from $125 to $500.
Once a ticket is written for a nuisance violation, the police will contact the University of Denver and give the students' names to DU's Campus Cafety and Campus Life departments.
Understand your landlord's rights.
Depending upon terms of the lease, landlords may choose to fine or evict students who violate the law. The University encourages landlords to require students to sign a crime-free lease. Essentially, this lease requires students to obey the law. If student residents are caught disobeying the law, the lease stipulates various consequences.
DU considers any violation of a city ordinance or state law as a violation of the student code of conduct.
Students who violate the code face a variety of possible punishments, ranging from probation to community service to suspension to possible expulsion. Oftentimes, the University will contact the student's landlord and notify the landlord of the alleged offense.
In case of a fire or immediate threat to your person or your property:
Dial 911 to contact the police or fire department.
- For problems with another DU student:
Please contact Campus Safety at 303-871-2334, or have an emergency on campus, please call 303-871-3000.
Parking in Front of a Driveway
It is illegal to park in front of a residential driveway or park in a driveway and block a sidewalk. To report such a violation, please call 720-280-9988.
In Denver, the zoning code prohibits more than three unrelated people from living in a house that exists within an R-1 zone. To report suspected violations of this ordinance, or such code violations as couches on a front porch, a concentration of trash in yards or unshoveled sidewalks, please call Neighborhood Inspection Services at 303-865-3200.
One-Hour Parking Violations
Many streets in the DU neighborhood are restricted to one-hour parking, except for residents and resident guests. Permits may be obtained in person or by mail:
- Parking Management Cashiers Office
201 W. Colfax Ave., 1st floor
Denver, CO 80202
Office hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., weekdays
To report violations of the parking rules, please contact:
- City of Denver Enforcement to the Right-of-Way dispatch
Daytime phone: 720-913-1600 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday
After-hours phone: 303-880-6463 (5 - 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Large-Item Trash Pickup
At the end of the school year, or even when moving, students often leave large furniture items to be picked up in the alleys. It is their responsibility to call and have items picked up. There is a regular large-item pickup schedule available at the city of Denver's website. Call the office by dialing 311.
It is unlawful for any owner, possessor or keeper of any dog to permit such dog to disturb any person or neighborhood by loud and persistent or habitual barking, howling or yelping. No summons and complaint shall be issued for any violation of this section unless there are at least two or more complaining witnesses from separate households who have signed such complaint. Neighbors disturbed by a barking dog may call Animal Control at 311.
If you have any questions, please contact DU's neighbor liaison, Will Jones, at 303-871-2781.