The mountains and desert at your doorstep
No car? No problem. The University of Utah campus is nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch range. Almost every outdoor loving local has hiked the Living Room trail or the sprawling grounds nearby Red Butte Gardens. Each of these locales can be accessed via a short free shuttle ride from the College of Science.
Students, staff, and faculty have access to camping and outdoor gear to fulfill your weekend whims on a grad school budget. The Big 5, Utah's 5 National Parks, are close enough for a Saturday + Sunday excursion. OK, yes you will need a car or a friend with a car to get to the desert.
And, lest we forget, Utah is home to the greatest snow on earth. Students can buy discounted lift tickets and take public transit to the lifts in Park CIty, Big Cottonwood Canyon, and Little Cottonwood Canyon. There are snowsports available for every level and outdoor buddies are easy to come by.
Food + Drink
Forget what you may have heard about Utah. Salt Lake City is fast developing a food scene to satisfy our global community. You'll find great restaurants and a burgeoning craft drink scene - everything from beer to soda.
Arts + Entertainment
Utah is home to several award winning theater companies as well as countless music venues and art galleries. Major league men's and women's soccer, basketball, minor league baseball, and every college sport under the sun. Students receive free admission to the Utah Museum of Fine Art, the Natural History Museum, Red Butte Gardens, and reduced admission to other venues.