Groundbreaking for
North Campus Housing Planned Oct. 1

Housing is specifically for transfer students at UC San Diego

September 20, 2007

By Pat JaCoby

UCSD North Campus Housing

A groundbreaking ceremony for North Campus Housing, the first housing development created specifically for transfer students at the University of California, San Diego, will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 1.

The ceremony will take place at the housing’s construction site, Parking Lot 356 at the corner of North Point Drive and Scholar’s Drive in the North Campus Neighborhood.

North Campus housing will provide more than 1,000 new apartment-style units specifically for single undergraduate transfer students on approximately five acres. The project, a complex of three and four-story buildings with one 14-story tower, will cost $122 million to build and an estimated 21 months to construct. In addition to the new beds, there will be a café and bookstore within the facilities.

Mark Cunningham, director of UCSD Housing and Dining Services, will open with welcoming words and UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox will offer remarks on the project, noting her commitment to provide needed on-campus housing options and the university’s recognition of the importance of transfer students.
Following remarks, Cunningham and a group led by Chancellor Fox will break ground for the new development.

The project is part of a four-year, $450 million capital program bringing new housing and dining operations to the campus. This is the first housing on campus which will provide single undergraduates with a 12-month housing option, as opposed to the nine-month option for all other undergraduate housing.

UCSD North Campus Housing, North West View

Cunningham notes that “the project enables us to begin to meet the needs of the more than 1,900 new transfer students who came to UCSD each year and to provide them with the comprehensive experience of attending the University that can only by afforded by living on campus.”

North Campus Housing is expected to be completely occupied by fall of 2009. It will be self-supporting and receives no outside funding. The project complies with the University of California green building design and clean energy standards.

Media Contact: Pat JaCoby, (858) 534-7404

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