Off-Campus Housing

Salt Lake City, UT
Tuition (in-state)
$22,642 ($7,139)
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Finding a convenient location to live off-campus can be a challenge. Right below campus is incredibly expensive with little to no available options. Parking is also an issue with little to no available spots on the narrow streets. In Utah taking TRAX up to the U is one of the most convenient options for students. Many stops along the train line have affordable apartments near-by

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I have never lived in off-campus housing, so I cannot give an appropriate answer.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Did you know that a predicate describes the subject?

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: As long as you are single and willing to have room mates there are a lot of options. It is in the older part of town so there are a lot of small old homes that students choose to rent out together. They are developed a lot a newer, nicer apartment complexes, but they tend to be pretty pricey. It is very difficult finding a decent affordable place for a married couple. They do have a lot of public transportation that is convenient located to take you around campus. It is free to all students too. A lot of people choose to live out of the city because the availability of public transportation to get them to school, and it is free for them.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There are options that are close to campus at reasonable prices, but these are often smaller quarters. You're essentially paying to live there for the freedom from the housing policies.


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  • 156th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Brian Washburn
Salt Lake City, UT
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
The earlier in the summer, the better
Popular Areas
  • Sugar House
  • The Avenues
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $630
  • 2 BR: $730
  • 3 BR: $1,100
  • House: $1,400

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 124 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 124 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 9% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 70% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 19% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 123 responses

  • 28% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 59% Somewhat helpful.
  • 13% Extremely helpful.
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