Nearly 90 percent of students live off campus, making the U a commuter school. It is often fairly easy to find cheap apartments located near campus within a five-minute drive. The U constructed brand-new dorms for the 2002 Winter Olympics that housed the athletes. These dorms are mostly used by foreign students who find it easier to live in the dorms than to locate an apartment off campus. The dorms are very expensive, and the meal plans that accompany them are often not very practical.
Some people like to live on campus and would prefer the meal plans and the dorm life. However, most campus life takes place off campus. There are very few parties and socializing that takes place in the dorms. Also, most people who live in the area attend the U, which makes it easier to find lodging—they just stay at home with their parents.