Life at The U

Salt Lake City, Utah

 

4,300 feet above sea level, Salt Lake City sits on ground once covered by Lake Bonneville, a prehistoric lake that spanned parts of Utah, Nevada, and Idaho.  Salt Lake City is surrounded by the Wasatch Range of the Rocky Mountains to the east and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west.  Seven of Utah's fourteen ski resorts are located less than an hourís drive from the city.  Utah offers five national parks and seven national monuments within a one-day drive of campus.  Equipment for activities such as hiking, biking, backpacking, kayaking, rock and ice climbing, skiing, snowboarding, and whitewater wafting can all be rented from campus recreation services.  Entertainment such as the theatre, opera, symphony, and ballet are complemented by the variety of Salk Lake's pubs, restaurants, and bistros.  Sports fans enjoy the local professional hockey, baseball, soccer, and basketball teams, as well as the U of Uís upcoming admission into the Pac -10 (soon to be Pac-12) college athletic conference.

U of U Campus

 

As a large university, the U has something for everyone.  U of U students often enjoy spending time at the Union, attending events like Crimson Nights and Redfest, finishing up a homework assignment, or just taking a nap on a couch.  A food court, billiard & game room, bowling alley, copy center, and computer lab are located on the first floor, with ballrooms, an art gallery, and meeting rooms on the second, third, and fourth floors. The Union is also home to ASUU (the U's student government), the Daily Utah Chronicle, and a plethora of other student groups and services.  

 

A short distance away is the Marriott Library which is home to more than two million books, a small cafť, a large computer lab, and plenty of places to study. Students may listen to visiting speakers in the Gould Auditorium, study in small groups in "the fishbowl," take free computer-training courses, or just curl up with a good book.

 

The Einar Nielsen Field House, the HPER complex, and the campus Frisbee golf course offer students convenient opportunities to exercise and enjoy a little diversion from the books, with amenities such as basketball and volleyball gymnasiums, the natatorium, circuit weights, cardio machines, indoor tennis courts, handball/racquetball courts, squash courts, a 200-meter jogging track, dance studio, student lounge, locker rooms/showers, and saunas and whirlpools.

 

On-campus housing is available for single and married graduate students.† Off-campus housing is also very popular, with local bus and train routes free to students.† Youíll be pleased to find the cost of living, even right near the university, is considerably cheaper than urban universities in large cities such as Los Angeles.† Be sure to check out some of the links below for more info on life at the U:

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