Apartment-style living, walking distance to campus, easy access to restaurants and shops in Westwood Village, and the community vibe of residence halls. Welcome to the new apartments UCLA is opening for fall 2022.
With 2,300 beds for undergraduates in the Laurel, Palo Verde, and Tipuana apartment buildings, as well as the nearby Gayley Heights complex, UCLA Housing is more than doubling its apartment inventory. And more importantly, the campus now fulfills its “4:2 Guarantee” – four years of UCLA housing for any freshman who wants it, or two years for any transfer student.
“We are so excited to be able to offer all of our undergraduate students the Housing Guarantee,” said Pete Angelis, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Housing and Hospitality. “Providing quality, affordable housing right next to campus strengthens our residential community, gives students better access to resources, and provides an environment where they can thrive academically and socially.”
Last fall, the opening of the Olympic and Centennial Residence Halls cleared UCLA’s housing waiting list by providing 1,800 new beds for undergraduates. The buildings also house new campus-wide resources like the MakerSpace, a 3,000 square foot lab with state-of-the-art equipment including laser cutters, 3D printers, and an adjacent computer lab.
Speaking on the “Future U” higher education podcast this spring, Chancellor Gene Block stressed that UCLA will always seek to provide a vibrant residential experience on campus, even as it expands access to an education. UCLA to achieve UC goals.
Bruins moving into apartments on Southwest Campus (Laurel, Palo Verde and Tipuana apartments) or Gayley Heights will find themselves at the center of a new residential community just steps from campus – with resident directors and staff, a full schedule of events and learning opportunities, as well as study areas and multi-purpose rooms available in the Tipuana and Gayley Heights buildings, Angelis said.
Students will enjoy a large common area at Gayley Heights.
With the addition of the four new towers this fall, the number of undergraduate students living in UCLA Housing will total approximately 19,000. Of these students, all will continue to have access to various residential programs and events, and a strong sense of Bruin community, according to Melissa Faybik, communications and outreach manager at UCLA Housing.
Tipuana’s first-floor gallery will also offer a large teaching kitchen to support the weekly programming of in-person and remote cooking classes. Cameras built into the space will allow all programs to be broadcast live to students in South West Campus apartments who wish to follow from the kitchen of their own unit. Each apartment has a full stove and oven, ample counter space, extra large refrigerator, and microwave.
Apartments in the Laurel, Palo Verde, and Tipuana buildings are suite-style, offering large common areas each furnished with a large dining table, sofa, and ottoman along with other basic furnishings. Constructed in a modern industrial design, the interiors of the buildings feature a mix of concrete and plaster walls, as well as exposed pipes and ductwork to accentuate the high ceilings.
Directly across from campus is Gayley Heights, a large single-tower complex that features an elegant interior courtyard, a gym, and plenty of recreation and study space.
The 17-story building will open this week, offering a variety of unit types. The facility will also house residential life assistants and educators to oversee a robust schedule of programs and events.
During a recent visit to the space, Faybik was eager to show off the view from a west-facing apartment.
“We are excited for residents of these buildings to enjoy the unique amenities, including many scenic views of the surrounding area, and to transform these buildings into a great new community!” she says.