Boise State University


Housing Master Plan

Boise State identified a need for a housing master plan when it realized its student population was forecasted to grow from 16,000 to 20,000 in less than ten years, conservatively. The university retained B&D in 2001 to create that plan which looked at existing residence halls and apartments and identified opportunities for expansion. We evaluated both the qualitative and quantitative characteristics of the demand in terms of demographics, preferences, and off-campus availability. The nature of housing needs of different student groups was determined through intensive focus groups and statistically validated surveys. The existing on-campus inventory and the off-campus rental housing market also were evaluated for their physical conditions, rental rates, lease terms, and ability to meet the demand. As a result, the university began and completed the first phase of its student housing expansion in 2004.


Boise State University last week unveiled plans for two student housing projects–a residence hall and an apartment complex–that will total around $30 million in cost and are slated for completion in mid-2004.