But help may be on the way, at least for students looking for an affordable, comfortable apartment close to campus so they don't have to rely on cars, pay for fuel and fight for a parking space somewhere in the vicinity of their classes.
And who better to design housing for students than recent U. graduates? Just such a group of developers is looking for financing and city approval for a massive apartment complex on the corner of 400 South and 900 East, adjacent to Salt Lake City's 900 East TRAX station.
It would be the first project of its size near the university that would cater to students.
The three business-school-alumni partners are proposing a five-floor complex to house up to 464 residents in 140 units on a 2.24-acre lot currently occupied by an Office Max store. They call it University Station.
Most apartments would be 1,100 square feet with four bedrooms, free Internet and cable TV, renting for less than $600 a month.
One of the team of developers remembers living in apartment buildings with similar amenities near Brigham Young University in Provo where students would gather and socialize. "Here there is zero. It's mind-boggling," said partner Justin Earl.
This complex helps meet an urgent need.
A mix of high-density housing, retail and commercial businesses is ideal for transit-oriented development.
The plans have not yet been presented to Salt Lake City officials, but University Station appears to be just what city planners are looking for, as well as what students need.
Salt Lake City Tribune