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Southside projects meet demand for student housing, campus parking
Renewing the Foundations of Excellence

"These projects balance many important needs and meet our overall aim of building a better, safer community."
- Robert M. Berdahl, Chancellor

By any measure, UC Berkeley is an extraordinary place to learn, teach and work. But ask students what their most pressing need is, and the answer is likely to be more housing. Ask faculty and staff that same question, and the answer, as often as not, is more parking. Ask neighbors, and many say it's a safe and attractive neighborhood.

The campus is listening, and we have a plan that not only balances the demand for nearby student housing with the need for parking, but also provides for student recreation space. One new project - an apartment style housing complex for upper-division students - is in the final planning stages, and several more projects are moving ahead.

rendering of apartment building

Southside Project

  • Balanced housing and parking to meet demands.
  • Sensitive, sensible growth.
  • Safe, attractive neighborhoods.

Apartments for upper-division students will be built at College and Durant Avenues. Construction should start in June 2001. (Click on image for larger view)
Rendering by Pyatok Associates

Why the campus is building...


  • Safe and affordable housing, within walking distance of campus, is the single biggest student demand.
  • The additional 840 beds currently planned help meet the demand and complement plans for development of the Southside neighborhood.
  • New apartment style housing provides more opportunities for upper-division students seeking campus housing.


  • Two dining facilities are seismically vulnerable and will be replaced.
  • New facility will allow for longer hours of operation and fresher individually prepared meals.
  • The new dining hall is a continuation of a $71 million seismic retrofit project involving housing and dining facilities.

Parking and Recreation

  • The new parking structure replaces a seismically unsafe one, which was the campus's single biggest parking source until it was torn down in 1993.
  • The new structure will provide 1,000 parking spaces.
  • A new playing field on top of the proposed structure meets high student demand for additional recreational facilities and open space.

Renewing the foundations of excellence... on the Southside

UC Berkeley has plans to provide new housing for up to 900 students and replace two existing dining halls on the campus's southside with a new, seismically safe facility.

Pending approval of the Board of Regents, major components of the Underhill Area Projects, as they are called, include:

  • Three new, multi-story student residence halls.
  • Two apartment-style student housing complexes.
  • Demolition of two seismically poor dining halls and construction of a new central dining facility.
  • Central offices for housing and dining operations.
  • A three-story parking facility for 1,000 vehicles.
  • A new sports and recreation field on the parking structure's rooftop.

birdseye view of Southside

The area in blue indicates the location of the project. (Click on map to see project-area details.)

The projects are planned in and around the block bounded by Channing Way, Bowditch Street, Haste Street and College Avenue. Two high-rise student residence hall complexes currently exist in the area.

The proposed parking structure replaces a two-story structure and sports field built in 1962 that were demolished in 1993 when engineers found that the structure would not stand up to a major earthquake. The new structure will provide a similar amount of parking, about 1,000 spaces, and replace the popular rooftop sports field of the old structure.

The campus hopes to have the dining hall and the first of the student housing completed in 2002.

Key Projected Dates

Draft Environmental Impact Report completed: April 2000

Project approval by the Board of Regents: Fall 2000

Construction start on Central Dining Facilities: June 2001

Scheduled occupancy of first student housing: August 2002

Contact Information

Housing & Dining Services (510) 642-3106
Parking & Transportation
(510) 642-4283

Renewing the Foundations of Excellence (home page)

Published by the Office of Public Affairs, Fall 2000