Heritage Commons Living Learning Center
University of Utah residence hall students students live in a magnificent mountain setting in Heritage Commons-a living-learning community of 2,500 students which opened in 2000. It served as the Athletes Village during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The residential complex is the heart of campus activity and exudes a vibrant, energetic college town atmosphere.
Situated in historic Fort Douglas at the mouth of Red Butte Canyon 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 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.
The Chase N. Peterson Heritage Center is the hub of the student housing village and contains a central dining facility that seats 600, a convenience store, computer and technology labs, fitness and game rooms, multipurpose rooms, a mail center and more. The student village also has a University Bookstore branch, University Copy Center and the University Guest House, an on-campus hotel.
Transportation is another benefit of Heritage Commons. A U of U parking permit allows residents to park close to their hall, but a car is not necessary. Free campus shuttles run every 10 minutes and the Utah Transit Authority and light rail (TRAX), free to U. students, combine to traverse 21 routes to and from campus. TRAX extends to downtown Salt Lake and outlying areas as well. The residence halls are also easily accessible to main campus by foot and are connected via the George S. Eccles 2002 Legacy Bridge.