UCLA’s $900M student housing project will add 5K beds at Westwood campus

The multi-year project is pushing ahead, as a severe housing shortage in the area has led to rising rents

UCLA’s massive student housing project that will add an estimated 5,000 beds is rising over Westwood.
UCLA’s massive student housing project that will add an estimated 5,000 beds is rising over Westwood.

UCLA is moving forward with its 5,000-bed student housing project that will see several new buildings rise on its Westwood campus.

Combined, the multi-year project has an estimated construction cost of just under $900 million, according to Urbanize.

Construction is pushing ahead amid Los Angeles’ housing shortage, and where rents in the Westwood area have spiked as students snap up units to get closer to campus.

The new buildings are expected to be complete well ahead of the 2028 Summer Olympics, where plans are for part of the school campus to serve as housing for athletes in the Olympic Village.

The largest of the projects is underway at 900 Weyburn Place, where three buildings will provide housing for 2,279 students, and will include meeting facilities, Urbanize reported. Construction cost for those Southwest Campus Apartments is estimated at $383 million. The project will be completed in Fall 2022.

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At the northwest corner of the campus, Lot 15 Residence Hall will consist of twin eight-story buildings, which will house 1,781 undergraduates at cost around $240 million.

Work is continuing on a 17-story tower that will house 1,167 graduate students at 10995 Le Conte Avenue. That $210 million project is slated for completion late next year.

Construction is complete at the Levering Place Apartments at 885 Levering Avenue, according to Urbanize. The 10-story building has 216 beds in 42 individual apartments.

The school also is formulating plans for a pair of residences to adjoin Bradley International Hall and Drake Stadium, to house an additional 1,400 students. There also are plans to construct 100 units of faculty housing in a seven-story building at Hilgard Avenue and Lindbrook Drive.

Private developers have also seized on the demand for housing near the university.

A proposed 16-story rental tower at 900 Hilgard Avenue named The Agora would target university students. The Gensler-designed building from developers Ted Khalili and Eraj Basseri would include 64 apartments and hold 462 beds, according to plans the men filed early last year. [Urbanize]Tina Daunt