Student Housing

Big Plans for Student Housing in San Francisco

posted Jun 15, 2017, 3:55 PM by

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This excerpt is from the San Francisco Chronicle, May 25, 2017:

The proliferation of upscale apartments that will double the population of Dogpatch and Potrero Hill over the next two years will soon be joined by a different residential wave: student housing.

On Potrero Hill, the California College of the Arts has started construction on a housing complex at 75 Arkansas St., a 65,000-square-foot building that will house 228 students. The $32 million project, which broke ground Monday, is the first phase in CCA’s plan to create 750 new beds for students on or near its campus by 2025.

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CCA Breaks Ground on New Student Housing

posted Apr 18, 2017, 1:43 PM by   [ updated Apr 18, 2017, 1:43 PM ]

An important step in the campus unification plan is to provide affordable student housing in San Francisco. We just broke ground on a new student residence at 75 Arkansas Street -- just two blocks from the campus. Pictured here are (left to right) Suzanne Brown, project manager; CCA trustee Simon Blattner; President Stephen Beal; and CCA trustee Steve Oliver.

The college is grateful to longtime CCA supporter and trustee Simon Blattner, who owns the property and is developing it for CCA students. Oliver & Company is the contractor on the project.

The facility will feature three stories of apartment-style housing over ground floor retail space. The plan is for students to occupy the building in fall 2018. Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (LMSA), winners of the 2017 AIA Architectural Firm Award and the firm that designed CCA’s main SF campus building, is designing the project.

 As in the past, no tuition dollars will be used for campus building/expansion efforts.

Plans for New Student Housing in SF

posted Dec 15, 2016, 4:42 PM by

In keeping with the goal of creating affordable student housing on and near the SF campus by 2021, CCA is proceeding with plans at 75 Arkansas Street. CCA trustee Simon Blattner is developing the property for the college.

The proposed four-story 228-bed structure was recently given the green light by the San Francisco Planning Commission. Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (LMSA), the firm that designed CCA’s main SF campus building, will design the project. LMSA recently won the 2017 AIA Architecture Firm Award, the top honor a firm can receive from the AIA. Construction is expected to begin in the spring.

The Potrero View recently published an article about the plans.
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Housing Plans in SF Reviewed by Planning Department

posted May 10, 2016, 5:03 PM by   [ updated May 18, 2016, 4:03 PM by Jim Norrena ]

The San Francisco Planning Department has reviewed the college's plans to build new student residences at the corner of 8th and Hooper Street.

The project will be designed by Stanley Saitowitz / Natoma Architects. The plans call for tearing down three of the four buildings on the site. The existing 184 Hooper Street building on the site, which serves as CCA’s Graduate Center, will remain in place.

And if approved, the 188 Hooper Street development is expected to open in summer 2019.

Read the story on SocketSite.

SF Business Times Reports on CCA's Housing Plans

posted Feb 9, 2016, 9:24 AM by

San Francisco Business Times ran a story about CCA's student housing plans on February 4, 2016. It's important to note that there are still many details to be determined -- including the number of units and beds. For the most up-to-date and correct information, continue to check this blog.

Here's a quote from the article:

"California College of the Arts has filed preliminary plans to build up to 600 beds for students next to its San Francisco campus as local schools struggle to accommodate surging demand for housing . . . The project, which is being designed by Stanley Saitowitz / Natoma Architects Inc., is expected to be ready for occupancy by summer of 2019, the college said. CCA said it is in the process of selecting a contractor. The school stressed that the exact number of beds and type of ground-floor tenant space are yet to be finalized."

President Beal on Student Housing

posted Dec 1, 2015, 3:19 PM by   [ updated Dec 1, 2015, 4:25 PM ]

As we enter the next stage of our campus planning effort, student housing is one of our top priorities. Given the rising costs of living in the Bay Area, devising both short-term and long-term housing strategies for students and faculty is crucial. We are thrilled that the Panoramic student residences recently opened in San Francisco, however this will not accommodate all our future needs.

Our goal is to have a minimum of 750 beds on or near the SF campus by 2025. We're excited to report that we currently have two more San Francisco student residences in the development stage of planning with target opening dates in 2018 and 2019.

In light of these developments, we have been looking closely at our satellite housing sites—specifically Webster Hall and the Avenue Apartments in Oakland. While these facilities have served us well in the past, our recent campus planning efforts with Gensler have revealed that these buildings are not optimal for continued use as CCA student housing.

It was determined that the best solution would be to sell these properties and reinvest the income to improve housing and other facilities for students. We have successfully sold Webster Hall and recently we have found a buyer for the Avenue Apartments on Broadway. The arrangements include leasing back the space until the new student residences are ready. Student housing will continue to be provided at these sites through summer 2018, at which point we intend to have enough beds in San Francisco to replace Webster Hall and the Avenue Apartments.

The ground-floor offices on Broadway (currently housing the Center for Art and Public Life and Educational Technology Services) eventually will be relocated. We have contracted Jensen Architects to work with CAPL and ETS staff members on a relocation plan to ensure a smooth transition with minimal interruption. Both offices will continue to function in their same capacities. We will send an update once we have more information about the new location and the timing of the move.     

The ultimate goal of our campus planning effort is to provide the best possible experience for our students by creating new, improved, integrated, and environmentally-responsible facilities for making, learning, and living. Student housing is an essential part of the plan.

We'll continue to keep you apprised of our student housing plans as we move forward. Please check this blog for more updates.

New Panoramic Student Residences Ready to Open

posted Aug 12, 2015, 11:23 AM by   [ updated Aug 12, 2015, 12:14 PM by Jim Norrena ]

Tick-tock . . . the countdown has begun.

CCA students will begin moving into the new all-student Panoramic Residences on August 22. They will occupy five floors of this fabulous new building, joining students from the nearby San Francisco Conservatory of Music, who will occupy the upper floors.

A shared lobby will feature cool designer furniture, a coffee house, and other amenities.

Fall brings the best weather to the San Francisco Bay Area, so students will especially enjoy hanging out on the shared rooftop garden (see photo).

The units come stocked with Murphy beds, flat-screen TVs, and kitchens with dishwashers, fridges, and two-burner mini-stoves.

They were designed with a commitment to sustainability and environmental consciousness:
  • Natural light and ventilation
  • Enhanced indoor air quality
  • LED lighting
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • Energy Star appliances
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Curbed: A Sneak Peek at the Panoramic

posted Nov 25, 2014, 11:59 AM by   [ updated Nov 25, 2014, 3:18 PM by Jim Norrena ]

Check out this article from the real estate blog CurbedSF:

California College of the Arts has preleased floors two through six for its students, but the upper floors will be rented on the open market, presumably to young adults who want to recapture the feeling of living in a dorm—albeit with a Murphy bed and a flat-screen TV provided gratis. The bed, descriptively dubbed the TableBed, folds down onto the dining-room table, and built-in storage and banquettes squeeze every inch of living space out of the micro-abodes. The studio unit essentially feels like one giant kitchen that you can sleep in. (Panoramic provides a microwave, a dishwasher, a three-quarter-size fridge, and a two-burner mini-stove.) The bathroom, it should be noted, is rather spacious, and the units have bay windows that capture a crucial two additional feet of light and air. Read article »

New Housing in SF Coming Fall 2015

posted Oct 21, 2014, 12:31 PM by

Opening fall 2015, CCA’s brand-new Panoramic Residences is affordable and accessible shared student housing located in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood -- the center of the city’s tech and design communities and just a 10-minute bike ride to CCA's SF campus.

The Panoramic Residences is a 12-story high-rise located at 1321 Mission Street. Above the shared first-floor lounge, students will occupy the second through sixth floors exclusively -- housing for up to 200 students.

With the high cost of living in the Bay Area, this is great news for CCA students. 

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"Best Dorms Ever," says Architizer

posted Jul 1, 2013, 3:57 PM by   [ updated Jul 1, 2013, 5:30 PM by ]

The popular architecture blog Architizer has published a glowing article about the new CCA student housing on Harriet Street in San Francisco. The brand-new units are proving to be a popular choice with incoming students -- at this writing all units are taken for fall 2013. For information on residential life at CCA, call 510.594.3722 or email

Read what Architzer had to say about the Harriet Street facility >>
Photo: Keith Baker Photography

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