The Department of Physics Astronomy is located on the north-west side of campus, on what was the original "Engineering Mall" on the University of Utah's main campus in the east bench of Salt Lake City. We are located just east of the Kingsbury Hall Performing Arts Center, and across the street from "Greek Row". Our main departmental office is located in room 201 of the James Fletcher Building. Our main phone number is (801) 581-6901.
Our physical address is:
201 James Fletcher Building (this is the main office) 115 South 1400 East Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0830
Our on campus observatory is located on the roof of the South Physics Building:
South Physics Building, Rooftop 115 South 1400 East Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0830
The University of Utah is a large campus at over 1,534 acres (6.21 km2). Before visiting, we recommend looking at a map or two beforehand to assure a more enjoyable visit.
Transportation Options Directions
Getting Here by Car
From the Salt Lake International Airport (Map)
From the airport exit, take the I-80 Eastbound ramp on the left to "City Center/Ogden/Provo". Keep left at the fork, follow signs for "I-80 East" and merge onto I-80 E. Take Exit 121 for 600 South. Merge onto 600 S. Turn left at State Street. Turn right at 100 South and head straight (east). Turn right at 1455 East (look for the gold ROTC anchor on your right).
From I-15 Northbound (Map)
On I-15, take Exit 306 towards 600 South. Turn left at State Street. Turn right at 100 South and head straight (east). Turn right at 1455 East (look for the gold ROTC anchor on your right).
From I-15 Southbound (Map)
On I-15, take Exit 121 towards 600 South. Turn left at State Street. Turn right at 100 South and head straight (east). Turn right at 1455 East (look for the gold ROTC anchor on your right).
From the University Guest House (Map)
The department is about 15 minutes walk from the University Guest House. Take Legacy Bridge over the street, then follow straight west towards the Marriott Library, then turn right and walk northwest towards the pavilion in front of the Student Services Building, head west until you reach President's Circle. Take a right and follow President's Circle. Turn right at 1400 East, and walk to the end of the street. The James Fletcher Building will be directly in front of you. Consult reception desk at the Guest House for more details if desired.
From the Student Union or Student Services Building (Map)
Walk northwest towards the pavilion in front of the Student Services Building, head west until you reach President's Circle. Take a right and follow President's Circle. Turn right at 1400 East, and walk to the end of the street. The James Fletcher Building will be directly in front of you and the South Physics Building will be to your right.
- On weekdays before 8:00 pm, park in the visitor pay lot, or at the metered parking on President's Circle.
- On weekdays after 8:00 pm, proceed to either of the two free, large parking lots (see map).
- On weekends, free parking is normally available all day in both large parking lots.
More information on visitor parking during business hours is available through the University of Utah's Commuter Services department: https://commuterservices.utah.edu/campus-parking/visitors.php
**Note: Some parking spots are marked with a brown/black "Reserved" sign. Most of these reserved stalls are enforced from 6 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday. After 6:00 pm, you will be able to park in those spots without a problem. There are only a couple extended-hour reserved stalls, which are enforced either 24 hours or from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The enforcement times are listed on each sign. Please pay attention to the enforcement times listed on these signs.
Salt Lake International Airport
Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) is located ten miles west of the University of Utah. There are 3 terminals (Terminal 1, Terminal 2, and the International Terminal), 5 concourses (A-E) and 83 aircraft gates. Delta Air Lines and SkyWest Airlines operate from Terminal 2. All other airlines serving Salt Lake City use Terminal 1. Click the following link for SLC airport terminal maps.
Utah Transit Authority (TRAX, Bus, etc.)
To get to the Department of Physics Astronomy, or the Guest House from the Airport: take the Green Line Trax to the Court House stop and transfer to the Red Line to University. For the Department of Physics Astronomy, get off at the Stadium stop. For the Guest House, get off at the Ft. Douglas stop. For a detailed map of these routes, and to lookup bus schedules, visit the UTA website.
To get to the Airport from the Department of Physics Astronomy or the Guest House: take the Red Line to the Court House stop and transfer to the Green Line to the Airport.
UTA also has a comprehensive bus service with more than 12 buses serving the University of Utah. For a detailed map visit the UTA TRAX website.
The University of Utah operates a fleet of shuttle buses that operate throughout the University campus Monday through Friday from approximately 6:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (depending on the route). They are free and available to the general public for no additional charge.
To get to/from the Department of Physics Astronomy, the Guest House, or a TRAX stop, you will either take the Blue or the Red shuttle. For a detailed map of these routes, and to lookup bus schedules, visit the University of Utah's Commuter Services website.
Campus Shuttle Tracking
The Live Shuttle Tracking and Text Message route provides the location of each shuttle bus. The map can be accessed from your computer or mobile device at www.uofubus.com.
Taxis, Shuttle Companies, Rideshares
There are a wide variety of taxi, shuttle, and rideshare options in Salt Lake City. Here are a few of the most popular in no particular order:
- Yellow Cab: (801) 521-2100
- Ute Cab: (801) 359-7788
- Express Shuttle: (801) 596-1600
- Uber Rideshare: www.uber.com
- Lyft rideshare: www.lyft.com
Accomodations for Out-of-State Visitors
University of Utah Guest House
Salt Lake City Marriott University Park
110 South Fort Douglas Blvd. Salt Lake City, UT 84113-5036 +1-801-587-1000 www.universityguesthouse.com
480 Wakara Way Salt Lake City, UT 84108 +1-801-581-1000 www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/slcup-salt-lake-city-marriott-university-park
Additional Helpful Information
- Find your way around campus
- Find parking on campus
- Check traffic in Salt Lake City
- Public Transportation (Bus, TRAX light rail)
- Free Campus Shuttles
- Taxi companies from the airport