Our goal: Double UC Berkeley's existing student housing.
Four years ago, a campus task force documented the urgency of our student housing crisis, and set the stage for an initiative to address it.
UC Berkeley houses fewer undergraduate and graduate students than any of the other UC campuses. Due to the high cost and low supply of housing close to campus, a significant percentage of our students are not able to live in Berkeley, undermining their ability to thrive, succeed and fully partake in all that the university has to offer. Fall semester 2021 alone, more than 5,500 students who were interested in campus housing were turned down due to a lack of available space.
These are the reasons our student housing initiative commits us to double the number of beds available in university-owned and -operated residential facilities.
That, in turn, means we must build on every university-owned site the task force identified. We are a land-poor campus and we must use all of the sites we have to support the students we enroll. Building on undeveloped university property that lacks water, electricity, and transportation infrastructure is not feasible due to prohibitive costs and environmental considerations.
UC Berkeley's Student Housing Goals
We did not prioritize the People's Park site simply because of its proximity to campus. Consistent with our responsibilities and commitments to both the campus and city communities, this site offers a unique opportunity for a win-win-win-win:
- More than 1,000 students in below-market campus apartments. This means more than 1,000 students will no longer need to compete for the city's limited housing inventory.
- Permanent housing with onsite services benefiting the very low-income and unhoused members of our community.
- 1.7-acres of renewed and revitalized park space for the safe enjoyment of everyone.
- Commemoration honoring and enshrining the park's storied past, from native land, to turn of the century homes, through the protests of the 1960s, and into today.
As of November 2021, UC Berkeley has six student housing sites in various stages of development.
Together, these sites achieve less than half of our goal to double existing student housing, which requires over 8,000 new beds. It is not a question of which sites to develop - we must use them all.
Housing projects currently in development:
- Intersection Apartments (105 units) - nearing completion
- Anchor House (772 beds) - under construction
- People's Park Housing (1,113 beds) - in development
- Albany Village Graduate Student Housing (760 beds) - in development
- Upper Hearst (150 units) - in development
- 2200 Bancroft (750 - 800 beds) - conceptual planning
Because the six projects currently in development achieve only half of our housing goal, additional sites have been identified and will subsequently be developed.
However, these additional sites are more challenging, more difficult, and more costly to develop:
- Redevelopment of existing student housing to increase capacity at:
- Unit 3 (up to 600 net new beds)
- Beverly Cleary (up to 300 new beds)
- Foothill North (up to 70 new beds)
- Relocating existing campus uses to develop student housing at:
- Oxford Tract (1,000 - 2,000 new beds)
- Channing/Ellsworth (2,000 - 3,000 new beds)
- 2000 Carlton Street (300 - 400 new beds)
- Clark Kerr Campus, where development is restricted until after 2032 by legal covenants.
It is not a question of which sites to develop. To double our student housing, we must build on every university-owned site identified.
Building on undeveloped university property that lacks water, electricity, and transportation infrastructure is not feasible due to prohibitive costs and environmental considerations.