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More students calling CSUSM home

Latest phase of The Quad apartments means 308 more beds in the school’s inventory.

 Cal State San Marcos will house about 10 percent of its student population this school year, with Friday’s opening of phase two of The Quad university-affiliated apartments.


Friday was move-in day for hundreds of students who will call The Quad home for the next nine months. The university’s fall semester began Monday.

The Quad’s second phase added 308 beds to the university’s student-housing inventory, CSUSM spokeswoman Christine Vaughan said. Ninety percent of the 597 residents of The Quad are freshmen.

An additional 612 CSUSM students live in the nearby, on-campus University Village Apartments, which opened a decade ago. About 80 percent of those residents are freshmen. Among the residents at both sites this year will be 70 international students, Vaughan said.

The Quad was developed by Urban Villages San Marcos LLC, and the first phase opened last August on Barham Drive at Campus Way. The apartments include a kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, a couch, and flat-screen TV. With phase two, the complex gained amenities such as a fitness center, game cave, classroom space and event kitchen.

The second phase also includes two penthouse suites, which have 180-degree views, four private rooms, and vaulted ceilings. There are other private-room units, but most of the apartments are typical of college life with shared bedrooms and bathrooms, Vaughan said.

Both housing programs are managed by Education Realty Trust.

Residents are given the option to choose themed halls for living with students who share similar interests. This year’s themes are academic intensive; substance-free; geek and gaming; women’s hall; global studies hall; and transfer and veterans.

Official student housing is at capacity, and there is a waiting list, Vaughan said.

No additional student housing projects are under construction, but planning continues for future development of what’s known as the “North City” area and could include more student housing.

(Source) - UT San Diego