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Take a Virtual Tour of the Heller and Hagar Project Sites

The proposed project would construct housing for approximately 3,000 students at two sites on the UC Santa Cruz main campus via a public-private partnership (P3) delivery method. The Heller Site, located on the west side of campus, requires demolition of the existing 200-unit family student housing complex and childcare facility followed by redeveloping the 13-acre site with approximately 2,900 new apartment and community-living style beds for continuing upper division undergraduate and graduate students. The Hagar Site, located at the southern end of the campus, will develop approximately 140 units of housing for student families and a child care center on a 17-acre site northeast of the intersection of Glenn Coolidge Drive and Hagar Drive.

During March 2019 the UC Regents formally approved the proposed project’s design and the LRDP amendment pursuant to the CEQA and the project’s business terms. The Student Housing West Design CEQA discussion item can be viewed on the recording of the open session at The Student Housing West EIR Notice of Determination was formally posted on Tuesday April 2nd, 2019.

As has been reported in the local news, the project has been delayed due to CEQA related litigation being filed. As the University works through these issues, we will have a better understanding of the impact it will have on the project schedule. It is the University’s intention to resolve as expediently as possible so that we can meet the student demand for affordable, on campus accommodation.

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Left Video: Heller Site Right Video: Hagar Site


Video: The Critical Need for Housing and Childcare Services at UC Santa Cruz.


Our collaborative approach will focus on the collective good of the student body, the University and the wider community. We will collaborate to achieve a project that:

  • Improves the student experience and quality of life.
  • Meets or exceeds stated housing affordability goals.
  • Is sensitive to and focused on the preservation of the unique geography, geology, climate and landscape of UC Santa Cruz.
  • Is designed and constructed to convey and enhance the unique qualities of UC Santa Cruz.
  • Is planned to integrate into the fabric of the existing campus while maintaining an identity as a unique campus community.
  • Sets a new standard for its approach to sustainability and resource management.
  • Provides spaces and programs that embrace, embody, and enhance the UC Santa Cruz culture.
  • Supports the current and future strategic and administrative goals of UC Santa Cruz.


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Stay up-to-date on how the project has changed over the past few months via the revised draft EIR.

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