UC Riverside’s largest new student housing development in years is getting ready for a fall grand opening.
Construction of the two large buildings that make up the North District project are complete with crews now finishing installation of furniture and going through final inspections, said Osvaldo Diaz, vice president of Jones Lang LaSalle, a project development firm overseeing construction.
The North District, located on a 50-acre site at the north end of campus, is expected to open by mid-September, he said.
The five- and six-story buildings, with a combined 544,000 square feet, provide 1,500 beds in apartment-style units.
American Campus Communities, which is managing the North District, has already started leasing rooms and has offered virtual tours of the model unit.
Each building features one, two, and four-bedroom units that come fully furnished with beds, desks, and a fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances. In shared units, each individual room has separate locks and will be leased separately to each student tenant.
Amenities include a fitness center, laundry room, study rooms, open study areas, and a multimedia room with large TV screens. The project also includes on-site parking and bicycle storage.
The outdoor mall between the two buildings is landscaped with palm trees, grass, and other greenery. Courtyards include outdoor furniture, barbecue areas, and hammocks.
“We’ve tried to create different communities and courtyards within the development,” Diaz said. “They’re all interconnected, but they have their own look.”
The initial 1,500 beds are the first phase of the project. With the completion of future phases, the project will ultimately provide between 5,000 to 6,000 beds to meet the needs of UCR’s growing student population.
UCR predicts growth by more than 10,000 students — to 35,000 — by 2035.