Housing Transitions

2018 – 2019 Housing Updates

November 1, 2017:

This Fall the University welcomed the largest incoming class size yet. That growth is expected to continue in Fall 2018, which means that we expect our on-campus housing options in Heritage Commons to be limited for upper-class students (sophomores, juniors, and seniors). Housing & Residential Education (HRE) is aware that many of our students who currently live on campus may want to continue living on campus for the next Academic Year (2018-2019), therefore we are exploring a variety of options in an effort to accommodate this demand. This means that HRE may potentially engage with a housing community on or off campus to provide an additional living community for upper-class students. We will have more information available by early December 2017 in order for students to make a well informed decision about their housing plan for the next academic year (Fall 2018- Spring 2019).

The success of all students at the University of Utah is a priority for HRE, so it is our commitment to explore and consider every possibility for making additional housing available for upper-class students. At this point in time, we are simply making residents in our communities aware of what types of changes may be forthcoming next year and assuring you that we will explore all options to identify how we can best support you and aid in your success as a University of Utah student. Please note that if you are going to be an upper-class student (a sophomore, junior, or senior) in the Fall of 2018 this update is applicable to you, and we will be following up with you via email to ensure you receive this update. If you are going to be an upper-class student and you have a scholarship affiliated with on-campus housing, you will receive a separate email with corresponding details.

Information on Room Designations for 2018-2019 (November 3, 2017):

Benchmark Plaza: will be open to First Year Students

Shoreline Ridge: will be open to First Year students and limited for Upper-Class students

Downtown 1 and 2: will be open to Upper-Class students

Lassonde Studios, Marriott Honors Community and Officers Circle: There will continue to be a combination of First Year and Upper-Class students in these residential communities

Resources & Events:

HRE is aware of the impact future changes could have on upper-class students. For that reason, we are offering a variety of events in which current students who live on campus can start to consider various options and learn what steps can be taken now to inform their housing plan for Fall 2018.

  • Roommate Social Event: November 14, 8:30-9:30pm in PHC 2A/B- Will you need a roommate next year? Come connect with other students who will, too!
  • Housing Scholarship Q+A: Do you currently have a housing scholarship? Come learn how these changes may impact you.
    • November 20, 7:00-8:00pm in PHC 1B or
    • November 20, 8:30-9:00pm in MHC Classroom 2
  • Read up on some Frequently Asked Questions here: FAQ

In addition to ongoing HRE events, there are other resources to take advantage of that may help to inform students, empower them with tools to pay for housing (on or off campus), and more. This includes:

  • Scholarship Workshop (Organized by Scholarships & Financial Aid): November 29,  9:00-10:00am in MLIB 1735
  • Scholarship Workshop (Organized by Scholarships & Financial Aid): December 13, 9:00-10:00am in MLIB 1160
  • Students are also encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to February 1, 2018 Financial Aid Priority Date. Students that meet the priority date are considered for all aid options, including need-based scholarships and grants.  For more information, visit the University Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.
  • As current on-campus housing residents begin to think about resources available to them whether they live on or off campus, students are encouraged to consider the possibility of working with a Student Success Advocate. Particularly if a student has found support and advocacy through Housing and Residential Education’s staff (Resident Advisor, Social Justice Advocate, RHA student leader, etc.), finding support through a Student Success Advocate whether your home is on or off campus, will be a great way to continue receiving the support and advocacy necessary to a student’s success.