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With the cost of housing increasing across the state, U leaders have been working tirelessly to secure additional housing options for students ahead of the Fall 2022 Semester.

As of July 1, 2022, the University of Utah has entered into a sublease agreement with Westminster College for use of The Draw, a 162-bed apartment building in Sugar House. Located at approximately 2100 South and 1300 East, residents will have the convenient option of utilizing the UTA public transportation options that can take students to and from campus.

Securing this five-year lease for The Draw is a vital step in addressing the essential needs of students as they pursue their academic goals at the U. The Housing & Residential Education (HRE) team will begin offering contracts at The Draw to upper-division students on the waitlist beginning Tuesday, July 5th.

“We are grateful to Westminster College for their partnership in helping to accommodate U students with turnkey housing close to campus,” said Taylor Randall, President of the University of Utah. “Student housing and community are central to the enhanced student experience we aim to provide. The opportunity to house students at The Draw helps accomplish this as we continue to consider and plan for additional on-campus housing projects.”

While this initial five-year sublease agreement is in place, The Draw will be wholly operated and maintained by the U’s HRE team.

“Living on campus creates such a rich experience, and we are excited for this partnership and the opportunity it provides our upper-division students at the U,” said Sean Grube, executive director of HRE.

Unique solutions like this are borne from the U’s desire to provide housing to as many students as possible. Projected to be the largest-ever incoming class at the U, the waitlist for a space with HRE surged to over 3,500 students this spring. In addition to The Draw, HRE has acquired 275 beds at the University Guest House, with a total capacity of over 5,000 beds for the fall semester.

Additionally, the university is in the process of adding more than 1,700 beds of on-campus student housing to come online in the coming years. These projects include:

Another 552 beds in the Ivory University House, which will be privately owned and operated by the Ivory Foundation, opening in fall 2023.

The Draw is an 87,500-square-foot, six-story, mixed-use building that gets its name from the tunnel below the building known as “The Draw,” which connects Sugar House Park to the Hidden Hollow Area along Parley’s Trail. It offers private bedrooms that are integrated into 40 shared apartments, each equipped with a kitchen, shared bathrooms and laundry machines.

The meal preparation company Fed Up Kitchen and clothing retailer Uptown Cheapskate both lease space on the ground level. The building also has an adjacent five-level, 294-stall parking structure, though students may not even need a car.

To meet the demand of the largest freshman class, we are excited about additional housing options to meet the needs of University of Utah students.


Shawn Wood
University of Utah Communications

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The housing application portal is currently experiencing higher than normal visitor traffic. This traffic is causing students to see an error message upon logging in to Housing U. If you are unable to access the application at this time, we recommend you try again at a later time once traffic has decreased. As a reminder, there is no benefit to submitting Section 1 of the housing application today vs. March 9, for example.


The academic year housing application is a two-part process:

  1. Section 1 (Open February 10-April 1):
    1. Submit your personal details
    2. Indicate your interest in up to two Living Learning (LLC) or Theme Communities (TC)
    3. Create or join a roommate group (optional)
    4. Pay the $130 one-time, non-refundable application fee by the priority date.
        1. (*fee applicable for first-time applicants only)
    5. Submit application by priority date (March 10 or April 1)
  2. Section 2 (Log back in at reservation time OR open sign-up date):
    1. For students who apply by the priority date:
      1. A randomized reservation time will be sent to your student UMail on the following date(s):
        1. March 23: Students who apply by March 10 and are selected for one or both LLC/TCs.
        2. April 5: All students who apply by April 1.
      2. Log back into the application to reserve an available space during your randomized reservation time. This time will be a day and time within the following windows:
        1. March 28-April 1: LLC/TC reservation window.
        2. April 7-15: Traditional housing reservation window.
      3. During this section, you will also select your meal plan and any optional services you wish to have.
      4. To finalize your booking, you will need to pay the $200 reservation fee within 72 hours.
      5. Once all spaces are reserved, students who met the priority date will automatically be added to the waitlist.
    2. For students who apply after the priority date:
      1. You can join the housing waitlist by logging in to Housing U and completing the form.

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As a reminder, all students who submit a housing application before the priority deadlines (March 10 for LLCs/TCs or April 1 for traditional housing) will receive a randomized reservation time. Reservation times are randomized and are not assigned based on your Section 1 housing application completion date. Finally, housing is not guaranteed. We encourage students to also explore off-campus housing options at offcampushousing.utah.edu.


As many of you already know, there have been several reported incidents of racism and hate that have occurred in and around University of Utah residence halls this semester. When we learned about these incidents, we responded quickly by conducting internal investigations and providing resources to the impacted students.

However, it is clear that we need to do more and that we can be better. We fell short by not being more transparent with our housing community and by not being more collaborative with our partners and colleagues across the U campus.

In an effort to close the gaps that led to many of our residents feeling unheard and unsafe, we plan to build and strengthen the connections between our reporting and investigating staff and campus support groups that can make recommendations and help put timely solutions in place. We will also engage with the Racist and Bias Incident Response Team and with our campus partners sooner so these incidents can be shared with students living in our residence halls and the broader campus community. We believe better collaboration will lead to in-depth investigations that can identify patterns, and/or connect incidents that may appear unrelated.

We are now re-reviewing these cases to see what we may have missed and how we can investigate better in the future. In January, we will re-train all HRE staff and student leaders on the U’s Racist and Bias Incident Response Team process. We will also be working closely with Student Affairs leadership and others on campus to develop a plan of action for listening to residents to identify areas for improvement, as well as strengthen our information-sharing protocols and our accountability and conduct processes.

We know we can only make a meaningful change when we work together, and we are committed to being part of making the University of Utah a better place.

While we work to review our processes, we ask our community to report racist or hateful behavior to our RBIRT team here so we can address these behaviors and work to create a more inclusive culture at the U. If you have been impacted by racist or biased acts, the university has support staff and resources to help, you can find a list here.


Housing & Residential Education strongly condemns racism. Within our communities, bias-related incidents are not tolerated as they are against everything HRE values and our commitment to social justice and inclusion.
We are acutely aware that our communities continue to grapple with experiences of bias and hate and acknowledge that work must still be done to create safe and inclusive environments across our campus and broader communities. As One U, our department fully supports and recommits to the University of Utah Equity, Diversity & Inclusion's (EDI) Call to Action. Join us in reviewing this statement and engaging in this work every day.
If you see something, say something! If you witness or experience a bias incident, we encourage you to report it immediately. Campus resources are available below. Hate has no home here.

HRE Staff & Support


There will be construction impacts on campus between October 4-13 that may impact public transit and your access on and off campus.

Utah Transit Authority (UTA) will be replacing the railroad curves on the TRAX line. During these dates, the TRAX curve on Mario Capecchi and South Campus Drive will be replaced. Partial road closures of westbound South Campus Drive will begin Monday, October 4. This will not affect traffic heading eastbound on South Campus Drive or north and southbound Mario Capecchi Drive.

TRAX Red Line Riders (October 9-13)

  • UTA will operate a bus bridge from 900 East to University Medical Center Station. The Fort Douglas Station will not be serviced during this time due to road restrictions. Riders will need to use South Campus Drive station and should expect delays of 15-30 minutes. Regular service will resume October 14. Visit rideuta.com/redline for the Red Line schedule.

Drivers (October 4-13)

  • Impacts:
    • South Campus Drive Westbound: westbound traffic will be closed from Mario Capecchi Drive to 1850 East
    • South Campus Drive Eastbound: all lanes open
    • No westbound turns onto South Campus Drive
  • Alternate Routes:
    • Mario Capecchi Drive to Foothill Drive and 500 South
    • Mario Capecchi Drive to Research Road
    • Foothill Boulevard to Sunnyside Avenue and Guardsman Way

Resident Impacts (October 4-13)

  • Residents of Marriott Honors Community can expect day and night noise, dust, vibration, and nighttime lighting during work activities. Barriers will be used to reduce noise.

For more information and detailed maps, visit Commuter Services.


Construction is complete and regular service will begin today for all TRAX Red Line Stations! Visit www.rideuta.com/redline to plan your trip.


There will be construction impacts on campus between August 4-22 that may impact public transit and your access on and off campus.

Utah Transit Authority (UTA) will be replacing light rail tracks and concrete on 500 South (University Blvd.) and South Campus Drive. This construction will impact TRAX Red Line riders and drivers during this time. Alternative options will be available, including detour driving paths and bus routes. Please see below for more information regarding specific impacts and reference the attachment for a detailed map of the impacts. More information is also shared on Commuter Services' website.

TRAX Stadium Curves:
August 4-22 (day and night)

  • UTA is replacing the 20-year-old TRAX curve rails and concrete on 500 South (University Blvd) and South Campus Drive. During construction, a westbound closure on 500 South will take place and a TRAX Red Line bus bridge will be available.

TRAX Red Line Rider Impacts:
August 12-22

  • Bus Bridge: 900 East to University of Utah Medical Center Station
  • UTA Buses will not be able to access the Fort Douglas Station. However, campus shuttles will still be available.
    • Commuting to HRE:
      • Hop on a Blue Route campus shuttle at the University South Campus TRAX Station. This route will transport you to the PHC Shuttle Stop in Heritage Commons.
    • Departing HRE:
      • Please hop on an Orange Route campus shuttle at the PHC Shuttle Stop. This route will take you from Heritage Commons to South Campus in minutes where you can catch a UTA bus.
  • Campus shuttle schedules can be found at uofubus.com.

Driver Impacts:
August 4-18

  • 500 South (Westbound)
    • Westbound travel closed from Guardsman Way to 1500 East
    • Alternative routes:
      • South Campus Drive to 400 South
      • Guardsman Way to East Sunnyside Ave. and 800 South
  • 500 South (Eastbound)
    • Two lanes of traffic maintained from 1200 East to Guardsman Way


PARKING LOT CLOSURES: June 21-July 10, 2021

Several parking lots within Housing areas in Heritage Commons will undergo regular maintenance June 21-July 10, 2021. The following lots will be closed for up to three days:

  • Shoreline Lot (Lot 74)
  • Bath House Lot (Lot 76)
  • Officers Club Lot (Lot 77)
  • Gateway Heights Lot (Lot 79)
  • East Sage Point Lot (Lot 80)
  • Benchmark Lot (Lot 82)
  • Sage Point (Lot 87)

Alternate parking lots during closures can be found on Commuter Services website.

More Information

Heritage Commons parking lot closures


The HRE Office is now open to in-person visitors Monday-Friday between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. We are also open and available to answer your questions during business hours via phone and email at 801-587-2002 and info@housing.utah.edu. If you should need immediate assistance after hours, please call your area’s information desk or email your Resident Director.


In response to a law passed by the Utah Legislature, the University of Utah has adjusted the policy on campus to comply with the law regarding face coverings. Beginning Monday, May 24, HRE residents and staff members will no longer be required to wear a face covering on campus. That said, mask wearing continues to be an effective means of preventing infection for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

While face coverings are no longer being mandated on our campus and in your communities, HRE will still abide by industry-specific CDC protocols throughout the summer semester to ensure the health and wellbeing of our community members. These include the following:

  • Continued disinfecting of high-traffic touch points in common areas.
  • On-campus COVID-19 testing for all students, staff, and faculty.
  • On-campus COVID-19 vaccination clinics. We strongly encourage all residents who are able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to do so. To schedule, you can also call the U’s vaccination hotline at 801-213-2874 (and press option 2) for assistance in finding and scheduling a vaccination appointment.
  • Quarantine and isolate students who test positive for COVID-19 or come in close contact with someone who has tested positive. If you have symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19, please report this to HRE so that we can provide support to you and those you have been in contact with.

To learn more about how HRE is responding to COVID-19 and current coronavirus-related updates, please visit housing.utah.edu/coronavirus.


Housing & Residential Education stands in solidarity with our Asian and Pacific Islander students, staff, and community members. The increase in racially motivated violence and hate crimes targeted towards this community is alarming and against everything HRE values. If you are in need of support today or any day, HRE is here for you.  

 Cultivating equity and inclusion for all identities is critical to ensuring safety and security for everyone. We must all take action to stop the hate in our communities on campus, in our broader communities, and across our country. Hate has no home here. 

HRE Support Resources

Stop AAPI Hate Website

The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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