Salt Lake City, UT
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$22,642 ($7,139)
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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The campus shuttle is late everywhere its more if you are too lazy to walk, not if you want to get to class on time. But trax are really convenient if you live far away and can't afford the $190 parking permit.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The U is a commuter school so access to transportation, especially public transportation is extremely important on campus. The TRAX line runs right through campus and students, using their id's, have a free pass to use whenever.

College Junior

Transportation: I am in a distance ed. program so I am not actually at the U of U's campus I am at an extension in southern utah. So I commute to an extended campus that is fairly easy to get to.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Your student card gets you on all of the public transit for free - that's great!

3 College Junior

Transportation: The trax are convenient and close by, but they do not go every where I need them to go.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 28th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 268th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1268th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Brian Washburn
Salt Lake City, UT
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The U is getting more and more commuter traffic savvy. Students can utilize the light rail system that is free with their UCards, and they can also use the buses. Many find public transportation to be the best way to get around. The only problem is that the light rail system is linear, and if you need to get somewhere off the line quickly, you need a bike or to drive.

Bikes are becoming the fad, with students finding it a lot easier and quicker to navigate the campus on two wheels. Bicycles are also the most functional form of transportation next to cars. While the public transport options are great, they can be somewhat impractical for most students who do not live next to a station. 

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Know someone with a car
  • Own a car
  • Take a bike (best for short distances-geographically, Salt Lake is large)
  • Use public transportation (remember to bring your student ID)
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $20.
  • A friend drives you to the airport
  • Hitchhike

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Safety Escorts
(801) 585-2677
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

University Shuttles

There are color-coordinated shuttle lines for different areas of campus:

(801) 581-4189 (shuttle dispatch)

(801) 581-6415 (commuter services)

Daily 6 a.m.-6 p.m.

Daily 6 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (late-night service)

Public TransitWhat's This?

Utah Transit Authority

There are 21 Utah Transit Authority routes that serve the University of Utah, with four express routes during rush hours. Also, there's free fare with your student ID.

(801) 262-5626

(801) 743-3882

(801) 287-2667 (Customer support)

3600 S. 700 W.

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Salt Lake International Airport

This airport is approximately nine miles or 15 minutes from the University.

776 N. Terminal Dr.

(801) 575-2400

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


The Greyhound bus station is about three miles west of the University.

300 S. 600 W.

(801) 355-9579

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


The Amtrak train station is about two miles west of the University.

340 S. 600 W.

(801) 322-3510

Student Polls

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 102 responses

  • 0% You can't have a car here.
  • 11% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 80% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 6% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 3% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 102 responses

  • 0% Nonexistent.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 2% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 23% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 74% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 100 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 100 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 101 responses

  • 1% Very difficult.
  • 2% Fairly difficult.
  • 52% Fairly easy.
  • 45% Very easy.

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 100 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars


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