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Anchor House: Meeting the University's Critical Student Housing Needs

Anchor House is a transformative student residential project that will be completely funded by a philanthropic foundation and will be UC Berkeley's first donor-funded student housing since 1942. The project seeks to set a new standard for student residential living that helps transfer students to thrive academically, socially, and culturally.

The building will require no public funds to construct or operate, and net income generated by the property will fund scholarships for undergraduates from underrepresented populations and first-generation college students.

The certified LEED Gold building includes 244 apartments with individual bedrooms for 772 students.  Just one block from campus, Anchor House represents a significant step in addressing the student housing crisis at Berkeley, where an estimated 40 percent of undergraduates are not able to live on or near campus.

Project Essentials:

  • Gateway location to UC Berkeley
  • Respond to the regional housing crisis
  • Address critical housing needs of transfer students
  • Create vitally needed facilities for commuter students
  • Opens new public spaces for the campus and community
  • Fund annual scholarships for Pell Grant-eligible students
  • Promote environmental stewardship and financial sustainability

Anchor House Highlights: 

  • Elevated design that reimagines the student residential experience
  • Single bedroom apartment living
  • Amenities focused on student well-being
  • Culinary classroom for the Rausser College of Natural Resources
  • Maker's space run by the Berkeley Art Studio with classes for students and the community
  • Event venues, dining spaces, and public spaces open to the community
  • Groundfloor community-serving commercial and retail spaces