VI. Campus Housing
A major reason for increased activity on campus, along with larger enrollments and the growth in faculty and staff numbers, is the high quality of student housing and the increased number of students living on campus. The quality of student housing at UCI is truly exceptional. The new east campus student apartments, completed in 2005, have already amassed seven state and national awards, including “Best Student Housing Apartment Community” from the National Home Builders Association. Since 2000-01, 2,400 bed spaces have been added for students on campus. By 2006, approximately 2,000 more spaces will be added when the next phases of Vista del Campo apartments and Palo Verde are completed, bringing the total number of on-campus student bed spaces to 10,500. Approximately 2,750 off-campus spaces exist within walking distance of UCI for a total of more than 13,000 student beds on campus or within walking distance by 2006, making UCI an increasingly residential campus.
Faculty and staff housing in University Hills provides attractive choices for many individuals, and it has been essential to the success of the campus’s recruitment efforts. Approximately 710 for-sale housing units are now occupied in University Hills, along with 140 rental units. Waiting lists have lengthened as demand has exceeded housing supply, but more housing is being built and should be available in the near future.