If pressed to name the three largest private universities in the United States, few people in this admittedly unlikely scenario would come up with Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. With more than 34,000 students, BYU also holds the distinction of being the biggest religious university in the country. Additionally, over 98% of the student population are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the organization that both owns and operates the school. One result of this affiliation is that students at the school are required to follow one of the most stringent honor codes of any university. Students must refrain from drugs and alcohol, as well as premarital sex, and they are to uphold a strict dress code.
But BYU is known for more than just strict adherence to biblical law. The school also offers programs in a wide variety of fields, including engineering, agriculture, management, and law. Additionally, their athletics have been surprisingly dominant. Their football team in particular has been something of a quarterback factory, producing five college football hall of fame QBs, and one pro hall of famer (Steve Young). Plus, they have an annual rivalry game with Utah, and that game has one of the great names in all of sports rivalries: the Holy War.
Provo, Utah itself is a bustling little metropolis, and it’s easy to understand why. The cost of living is about 5% below the national average, and it’s nestled along the scenic Wasatch Front. Apartments can be had for just $500-600, if you do a little bit of research, and Provo will soon be just the third city in the nation to provide Google FIber to all of its residents. In addition to its upcoming technological leap, it is a branch home to many great companies, including Novell, Ancestry.com, Nu Skin Enterprises, and Action Target.
One feature that sets BYU apart from most other universities is the large percentage of students who take time off to go on missionary trips. Ten percent of women leave for this purpose, and nearly 80% of men! What this means is that students are often looking for a place to store their worldly belongings while they spread the word worldwide, and Provo, Utah does not disappoint. There are plenty of great self-storage options near BYU, and there are plenty of deals to be had, including a spacious 5 X 10 unit for just $44 per month, and 5 X 5 units for only $34. Want to get some friends together and store a couple houses worth of stuff? No problem. For just $350 per month, you can rent a huge 18 X 44 unit! That’s nearly 800 square feet! If you need to store your stuff, the self storage options in 84602 will fit the bill!