California State University, Los Angeles

Los Angeles,

Student Housing Master Plan

In the summer of 2016, California State University, Los Angeles engaged the consultant team of Ayers Saint Gross (ASG) and Brailsford & Dunlavey (B&D) to perform a 10-year housing master plan. The plan examined CSULA’s student demographics, the local off-campus market, student housing preferences, concepts for future housing, and the financial performance of the housing system. The University currently provides over 1,000 beds in mostly apartment-style living for students of all class levels. As part of its mission, CSULA was seeking to offer more variety in unit types that could provide its residents with a housing continuum appropriate to each class level. Additionally, the University sought to provide a more residential academic experience that can remain affordable for all students, but particularly for those who come from families of low socioeconomic status within the city of Los Angeles.

The following elements made up the work plan established by B&D for this project:

• A demographic analysis to assess student enrollment trends and projections;
• Focus group and stakeholder interviews to qualitatively understand student housing preferences;
• An off-campus housing market analysis to assess the local housing market and typical price points experienced by students;
• A student survey to quantify preferences for housing amenities and unit types;
• A demand analysis to quantify bed demand for all proposed housing projects, based on data collected from the student survey;
• A financial assessment of the proposed project to determine its financial feasibility and the impacts to the overall housing system.

B&D’s market analysis determined that there was a total demand of approximately 3,000 beds, or an additional 2,000 new beds than what is currently offered on campus. Based on the housing master plan findings, the University will proceed with the approvals process with the Chancellor’s Office for a first- and second-year housing community of 1,500 beds including a new dining facility in the first phase. The project, which has a target opening of 2020-2021, would include 1,000 traditional-style beds for first-year students and 500 semi-suite style units for sophomores. The addition of the first- and second-year housing community would allow the campus to serve upper division and graduate students in apartment-style units as they matriculate. ASG and B&D also presented a variety of next steps to accommodate the remaining 500 beds of demand in a second phase, as well as options for renovating the existing apartment communities.