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Off-Campus Housing


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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I loved the location that I was in. It was in a good, safe part of town, my apartment was reasonably priced (although many are quite expensive), and my landlord was lovely. It was right next to a bus stop and only a ten minute ride from campus, almost ideal.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is a lot of availability in downtown Salt Lake. The prices aren't too bad, but it's hard to find a place with a washer and dryer and parking space unless you're living in a basement/duplex.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The options vary. But if you can find something, off campus is the way to go

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It can be pricey depending on how close and your standard of living. I live about 20 minutes from campus which helps me skip some of the hassle. It does make for quite a commute though.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus yet, but I've been searching for a place, and it does seem like there is a lot to sort through. At least right now.


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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 222 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 221 responses

  • 22% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 67% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 9% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 224 responses

  • 11% Extremely helpful.
  • 51% Somewhat helpful.
  • 38% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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