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SF Chronicle: S.F. State Gets $116M To Build Hundreds of Student Dorms

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Officials at San Francisco State University on Friday announced plans to fill a patch of grass in the middle of campus with desperately-needed dormitories at a moment when state universities are scrambling to lure more applicants while contending with a ruthless housing market.

The project expected to break ground in December includes a six-story residence hall with 750 beds that will rise on the university’s west campus green, now a blank canvas of grass and pavement flanked by soccer fields. S.F. State secured $116.3 million from the state budget to fund 65% of the development, which will also include a dining hall, health center and study spaces.

.... “We realize that it’s so important for students to live on campus,” Ting said, noting how crucial the residence hall experience is to a student’s education and maturation. Yet the dearth of housing on many California campuses has forced students to either commute from family homes or give up college altogether, missing out on time-worn college traditions like the communal bathroom or the dining hall.