Following the philosophy that education is about developing students holistically, the University of Utah provides a vibrant residential living experience. The community created allows students to engage in their college experience 24/7.
Heritage Commons, the U's primary on-campus living-learning community, is home to 2,500 students. The Donna Garff Marriott Honors Residential Scholars Community, the Lassonde Studios for student entrepreneurs, and the George S. Eccles Student Life Center have all opened in recent years. Kahlert Village, which features four theme communities, opened in the fall of 2020. Downtown student living is also an option for upperclassmen.
In a culture of belonging, each member makes connections and sees themselves as a valued part of the university. An ethic of care supports all residents and emphasizes groups historically left in the margins.
Fall to Spring first-time freshmen retention living on campus vs. off campus.
As students make connections on campus, their likelihood to continue at the university and record a higher GPA is increased.
Average GPA of first-time full-time freshmen living on campus vs. living off campus.
One way to deepen your engagement at the U is through a variety of enhanced living options. These options can be distinguished into two major categories: Living Learning Communities (LLCs) and Theme Communities (TCs). These unique living options are designed to bring students with similar interests, majors, goals, and experiences together. When living in an LLC or a TC, students participate in activities associated with the theme.
Lassonde Studios is home to Theme Communities and over 400 residents who enjoy collaborating with others from every academic level and discipline.
Each of the four residential makerspaces have a different theme with matching design, tools, equipment, and activities. With programs and events to help residents See One, Do One, Teach One in their exploration of their innovative spirit.
Amenities: Bike storage, tool checkout, 3-D printer, laundry facilities, and Miller Cafe.
Startup office space: Company-launch space that students can apply to use.
The Donna Garff Marriott Honors Residential Scholars Community is home to over 300 honors students engaged in Living Learning Communities.
Featuring the finest amenities, the building's public “forums” facilitate informal and formal dialogue. Living in a community that allows continuous engagement with honors faculty & staff and peers builds some of the strongest connections across the U of U campus. The lobby and front desk are open to residents 24/7.
Academic space: Classrooms, faculty, and academic advisors on site. Study space, the Big Ideas Innovation Center, and a library.
Amenities: A fireplace lounge, music practice room, pool table, laundry facilities, ski wax room, bike storage, and market.
Located in a magnificent mountain setting, Heritage Commons opened in 2000 and served as the Athletes Village during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The residential complex is the heart of campus activity and has a lively, energetic atmosphere.
Situated in historic Fort Douglas on 70 acres of land, the 912,000 square foot residential complex boasts picturesque views of Salt Lake City and the surrounding mountain ranges. Heritage Commons consists of 21 buildings—20 residential and one for dining and support services. Eight of the buildings are apartment style, with 235 apartments ranging from one to three bedrooms.
The student village also contains the University Guest House and Conference Center—an on-campus hotel.