I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Fort Collins over the years. I’m actually quite a big fan of the city and everything it has to offer. I’ve found it to be a friendly place with many amenities being in walking distance of most neighborhoods – especially those around campus. No matter what direction you go from Colorado State University you will find a nice quiet neighborhood just a short distance away.
CSU Neighborhood – As the name indicates, this is the neighborhood that is closest to campus. It has a variety of student housing, and is perfect for those looking to be just a block or two off of campus. It runs from West Laurel Street down to Drake Road. Its width runs from College Blvd to South Shields Street. On every edge sits some sort of café or coffee shop. My personal favorite is the Wild Boar Café. It’s decently priced and has amazing espresso drinks!
Sheely and Hillpond Neighborhoods – This is a small pocket of houses just south of CSU. The neighborhoods are quiet and offer privacy from the main flow of traffic while still offering easy access to two major roads in Fort Collins. The Sheely homes are all of retro architecture and 1950’s charm, while the Hillpond area offers condos and townhouses. They are also just a short walk from Rolland Moore Park and the Spring Creek Trail.
Campus West – Located just west of CSU, this neighborhood is a hot spot for students as many of the local businesses cater to the college life. The area is littered with fast food, sit down restaurants, and coffee shops – all within walking distance! A favorite breakfast spot is the Rocky Mountain Bagel Works. Their bagels are made fresh every morning and are absolutely delicious! This neighborhood also offers a night life if you’re so inclined.
Village West – This neighborhood is in a very recreational area. It provides quick access to Horsetooth Reservoir and has one of the best parks in Fort Collins. Rolland Moore Park offers tennis courts, baseball diamonds, walking/running/biking trails, picnic areas, and horseshoe pits. On top of that, it’s still within walking distance of both CSU and local restaurants.
Old Town – Sitting just west of historic Old Town Fort Collins and north of campus, this charming neighborhood is full of character. Mountain Avenue is a picture perfect street complete with large trees, quaint houses, and an old trolley that runs on the weekends in the summer. Old Town itself offers a variety of cute shops, restaurants, microbreweries, and cafes with patios.
If you ever find yourself in Fort Collins, take the time to explore a few of these neighborhoods! They each have their own unique qualities and characteristics and have so much to offer!