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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I resided in the U of U dorms in the summers of 2013 and 2014 when I was attending a high school internship on campus for undergraduate research. The first dorm I lived in was the Law Houses near the South Campus entry of Fort Douglas. It was decent, but out of date. I often found spiders in the house and was bitten by one in my bed. A lot of upkeep was required to live in the house. The second dorm I lived in was the Benchmark Plaza dorms. The beds were extremely small and uncomfortable which is the usual for college dorms. There were stains on the carpet when I arrived. My dorm was also overcrowded. It is convenient to live in the dorms if you want to be as close as possible to your classes, but I suggest living off campus. I live in an apartment downtown now as I am working on my BA. It may save you money if you live off campus with roommates as well.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The required meal plan is an awful deal, but students in apartments, Marriott Honors dorms and Lassonde Studios avoid that with their own kitchens. Dorms are pretty nice, but the Marriott and Lassonde buildings are fantastic - Lassonde just having opened in August of 2016.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in the Mariott Honors Community and I thought this was amazing. It was all new and had apartment style suites with full kitchens. I would say this place is amazing with 24/7 front desk staff, a large laundry room, and a market on the main floor. Other dorms aren't bad, but they also aren't amazing either. The rooms are pretty spacious for dorm living. Some of the dorms were created to be the Olympic Village for the 2002 Winter Olympics so that is cool to be living in dorms where something cool happened. Chappel Glen is typically considered the party dorms and it can get loud at night.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I'm in honors housing which is really nice

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: All residence halls were built for the Olympics, so they are spacious and quality!

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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.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
4,865
Average Housing Costs
$4,017
Types of Housing Offered
  • Apartments for married students
  • Coed dorms
  • Fraternity/sorority housing
  • Special housing for disabled students
  • Special housing for international students
  • Theme housing
Undergrads Living On Campus
12%
Freshmen Living On Campus
40%
Number of Dormitories
3
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
3
Best Freshman Dorms
Chapel Glen
Best Upperclassman Dorms
  • Benchmark Plaza
  • Sage Point
Worst Freshman Dorms
Gateway Heights
Worst Upperclassman Dorms
Gateway Heights
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Desk with bookshelf and chair
  • Dresser
  • Graduate housing includes dishwashers
  • Mattress
Also Available
There are also Living Learning Community houses and floors available. Some of the houses include Bennion Service House, Alliance House, honors housing, Emma Eccles Jones Fine Arts House, S.J. Quinney Law House, First Security Business House, Kennecott House, O.C. Tanner Humanities House, and Crocker Science House. The LLC floors are in Sage Point and include the Go Global floor, Outdoor Leadership floor, Green-Sustainability floor, Leadership and Service floor, and the College of Engineering Living Learning Community floor.
Available for Rent
Bike lockers and storage space Minifridges Vacuums, mops, and other cleaning items are available for "check-out" (that is, they're free).
Did You Know?
The U has housing for health science students in the Medical Towers, and apartments for graduate students or students with families in the West Village.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Chapel Glen
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Suites, singles, doubles
Special Features: Study rooms, 24-hour quiet floors, single-gender floors, limited visitation floors, Leadership in Service, Engineering Community, and Honors Living-Learning floors, indoor bike storage
Gateway Heights
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 250-499
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Suites
Special Features: First-Year Focus and LEAP programs, academic mentor staff, access to Heritage Center, fireplace lounges
Sage Point
Floors: 5 three- to four-story buildings
Number of Occupants: 750-999
Bathrooms: Suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and upperclassmen
Room Types: Suites, singles, doubles
Special Features: Living Learning Communities, 24-hour quiet floors, fitness facility, TV lounge, computer lab

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Benchmark Plaza
Floors: 3 two- to three-story buildings
Number of Units: 50-99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen (with more than 60 credit hours)
Room Types: Two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments
Special Features: 24-hour quiet floor, fully furnished, full kitchen/bath, laundry facilities, basic cable, Internet connection
Downtown Commons
Number of Units: 50-99
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Apartments, singles, doubles
Special Features: Dishwasher, bathroom with dual sinks, laundry, access to transit
Shoreline Ridge
Floors: 3
Bathrooms: Private
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen (with more than 60 credit hours)
Room Types: Apartments, singles, doubles
Special Features: Dishwasher, laundry, HBO, indoor bicycle storage, short walk to University shuttle stop

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