Historical context has been an important aspect of this project, shaping how we approach our work and the ways we engage with various partners from start to finish and beyond.


UC Santa Cruz is committed to better serving our students. As part of the 2008 Comprehensive Settlement Agreement (CSA), the university agreed to provide housing to accommodate 67% percent of new-student enrollment above 15,000 within four years of reaching that enrollment level.

In 2016, the campus conducted a detailed review of its housing stock and concluded that it needed to provide approximately 3,000 additional student beds on the campus to better serve upper division students, relieve overcrowding in existing housing, replace and supplement aging and obsolete housing facilities, and satisfy the elements of the CSA.