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Housing West.



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 child care 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.

In March 2018, the University published the Student Housing West Project Draft EIR, which was circulated for agency and public comment for an initial period of 45 days that ended on May 11, 2018. The public comment period was then extended for over an additional 45 days, which ended on June 27, 2018. In light of changes to the project since the publication of the Draft EIR, and to provide additional analysis and clarification on several topics as requested in comments on the draft EIR, the University published a Revised Draft EIR, which replaced in full the previously published Draft EIR. The Revised Draft EIR was circulated for agency and public comment for a period of 45 days that ended on November 1, 2018.The Student Housing West Project was the subject of a discussion item by the UC Regents Committee on Finance and Capital Strategies on January 16, 2019 (discussion item and the recording of the open session).
During their March 13 – 14, 2019, the Regents will consider approval of the proposed project’s design and the LRDP amendment following ACTION pursuant to the CEQA at the March 2019 UC Regents Board meeting will take place at the UC Los Angeles, Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center (425 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, California 90095), open meeting, including public comment session. Regent meeting agendas and schedules can be viewed at  While the Regents meeting agenda has not been finalized, the University expects the Student Housing West project to be the subject of discussion with the UC Regents Finance & Capital Strategies Committee meeting (open meeting) on March 13th and then by the full board on March 14th.


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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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