Until recently, the U’s on-campus dorms predated World War II and were, to put it kindly, just plain awful. However, when Salt Lake City won the bid to host the 2002 Winter Olympics, the U of U was selected to house the Athlete Village. As no facilities existed on campus that were nice enough for world-class athletes, the U and the Olympic committee built some. These buildings are absolutely fabulous. They have state-of-the-art security capabilities, they have fine cafeterias, and the apartments are large and comfortable. The Olympic on-campus housing is a tremendous advantage for the student body who now live there.
It can be a bit of a walk from the dorms to the campus, depending on where your classes are, but it’s all downhill, and there’s a nice, attractive, pedestrian bridge over the only busy street separating main campus and the residence halls. The bridge is also an Olympic windfall; it cost upwards of $5 million and has built-in defrosting units, so there’s no ice during the winter.