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    New Campus Housing to Serve Transfer Students

    The new housing project undergoing construction on North
    Campus behind the Eleanor Roosevelt
    dormitories will be the
    first on-campus housing built specifically for transfer students.

    Officially titled the Village at Torrey Pines West, the new
    housing complex will replace approximately five acres of land that formerly
    served as campus parking lots.

    “The project will include 370,000 gross square feet for
    student and staff living units as well as a variety of retail space, including
    a satellite bookstore and small cafe, administration offices, meeting and
    conference facilities, laundry, mail and other life-enhancing amenities,” said
    Rob Batt, the associate director of planning and construction for UCSD Housing,
    Dining and Hospitality Services.

    The new transfer housing complex will consist of several residential buildings and retail facilities. (Erik Jepsen/Guardian)

    The complex will consist of several three- and four-story
    buildings alongside a 14-story tower. It will be the first housing area on
    campus to offer undergraduates the option of entering a 12-month housing
    contract, as opposed to the nine-month option currently available for all other
    on-campus housing.

    University officials are promoting on-campus housing as a
    cost-efficient housing option in the expensive San Diego
    region while attending UCSD.

    “A report on undergraduate student experience and
    satisfaction submitted to the chancellor in September 2005, by a committee mainly
    comprising UCSD students, emphasized the academic advantages of living on
    campus, especially for transfer students,” Batt said. “The project will
    increase the supply of affordable student housing, and its cost benefits will
    become more pronounced over time.”

    The project will be open for student occupancy by September
    2009, Project Manager Mark Rowland said.

    “There have been no glitches in construction, and the
    project is running on schedule,” he said.

    According to Rowland, the project, which utilizes the
    “design-build” methodology in which the contractor and architect team work
    together to complete the design of the project and prepare the construction
    documents, is proceeding rapidly.

    “While it might have seemed to those unfamiliar with the
    design-build process that the project was taking longer to get off the ground
    than usual construction projects, in reality, the project was proceeding as
    fast as or even faster than a traditional design-bid-build project,” Rowland

    The new housing buildings will provide approximately 1,800
    beds, built apartment-style, and will be available to undergraduate students
    affiliated with any of the six UCSD colleges, Batt said.

    On-campus housing for incoming transfer students is not
    currently guaranteed, as first-year students and continuing students are given
    higher priority, according to HDHS. Transfer students can put down their name
    on a wait list and hope for a vacancy, but have no guarantee of on-campus

    First-year students who are admitted for Winter Quarter, who
    may already have upper-division standing because of previous higher education
    elsewhere, are also not guaranteed housing.

    Citing high demand for on-campus housing, as well as an
    expected 100 percent occupancy rate for fall 2008, HDHS usually recommends that
    these students search for residences that are located off campus.

    “The project will provide an increased supply of affordable
    housing for transfer and upper-division students, and enhance the recruitment
    and retention of these students,” Batt said.

    Over the last 10 years, new student enrollment has increased
    39 percent, with 70 percent of new student enrollments consisting of first-time
    freshmen, according to UCSD admissions statistics. Housing services expects to
    place 65 percent of first-year freshmen in triple-occupancy rooms.

    The North Campus housing project is not the only student
    housing project in the planning stages for future students.

    “There are four other housing projects of various magnitude
    currently in the design stages,” Rowland said.

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