Ooh, thank you! That's great to know. I'm hoping for outside of The Hill--do you have suggestions? I've scoured the forums here, but I'd love to hear something more recent. I've heard some good things about the Table Mesa area--what do you think?
I like the Broadway and Table Mesa intersection area, personally. It's where I live now, actually. Sadly, it's just a touch too far for walking comfort--approx 40 min from the main campus buildings--but there are three or four busses that go straight down Broadway, meaning you never have to wait more than about 10 minutes for a bus if you're headed to campus at a normal time of day. It's also no problem at all if you have a bike, which like everyone in Boulder does. Broadway also leads straight into downtown, so it's pretty easy to get to and from the night-life, when you need to. Also, comments about the grocery store are still right, it's right on the intersection, so that's nice. I'm not sure what price-range your looking for, but I'll give you websites for the two main rental management companies I know of that operate Broadway/Table Mesa. (1) http://www.theboulde...apartments.com/ and (2) http://rentbouldernow.com. (The 2nd does other locations too, but anything on Lashley Ln is going to be Broadway/Table Mesa.) There are also a lot of houses in the area that I'm guessing get rented out by individual owners.
I'm with you on The Hill, it's where all the greek life is, so it's pretty much a constant shit show. Not the nicest for grad life. But you might also want to check out the area just east of campus. I lived in a building my first year that was on 29th and Baseline-ish. It was fairly cheap, fairly nice and fairly quiet. And actually a little closer to campus than where I am now. I've never lived north of campus, though there are a lot of people who do. (I'm a big walker, and there are A LOT of vertical feet between where campus is and where downtown is. In other words, I've always been reluctant to live down there because walking to school in the morning would be killer.)
I'm not sure what else I can tell you, but I'll check back and try and answer any other questions you might have. I'm currently trying to figure out how to look for a place in Philadelphia, so I'm hoping that any help I can give might come back to me on the Philly thread.