Entrance to Makers Cafe at Founders Hall. Photo by Richard Barnes.

Housing & Dining

Comfortable, convenient housing and meal plan options foster community, collaboration, and creativity in the heart of the city.


Live where you learn in CCA housing

A community of creative collaborators

The CCA student housing community empowers creativity. Your next door neighbor could be your next big collaborator. That’s why our social, educational, and professional residential programming is committed to helping you settle in and connect with your peers. All students live on campus for their first two years at CCA, where on-site social events, counseling and psychological services, and residential programming—and a meal plan centered in our brand new dining facility—make it easier to get to know your peers, your neighbors, and yourself. Whether you’re a first-year, transfer, graduate, international, or continuing student, living in CCA residence halls can enhance every aspect of your college experience.

Our Housing, Dining, and Residential Education team is here to support your success in and out of the classroom. Our team’s services are set up to help you make the most of your college experience so you can:

  • Participate in workshops and activities geared toward wellness and holistic development
  • Find and connect with a diverse group of friends
  • Meet and network with future collaborators and colleagues
  • Live at the center of the Bay Area’s art and design communities
  • Access amenities with peace of mind, thanks to front desk staff, 24-hour guest check-in, and regular safety walk-throughs

Life in the Bay Area

Your location today makes a big difference in where you land tomorrow, and inspiration is always just around the corner in our San Francisco residence halls.

CCA housing is located in neighborhoods that are at the helm of cultural transformation. Live near contemporary galleries, world-renowned museums, cool collectives, and organizations driving design and technological innovation. Student housing—either on or near campus—is strategically set up to help you succeed as you navigate an urban landscape unlike anywhere else in the world.

Students socializing at the Maker's Cafe in SF.

Students gather in Maker's Cafe.

Home is where the art is

Calling a CCA residence hall home is the surest way to feel connected to campus, your community, and the entire city, with a range of amenities designed to enhance your living-learning experience. With your classes and studios just minutes away and easy access to transportation, the city is your classroom. Enjoy easy access to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), walkable and bikeable routes, and secure bike storage.

Residence Halls

New spaces for learning and living

Join a community of thinkers and creators

We’ve seen how the support system of your campus community can help fuel creativity. That’s why, over the past few years, we’ve built custom residences to house more than 700 students in the heart of San Francisco’s dynamic DoReMi art and design district. It’s part of our ambitious, multi-year plan to unify and expand our San Francisco campus to benefit students in every discipline and at all academic levels. View our Campus Expansion plans.

Founders Hall

Our newest residence hall in the center of CCA’s campus, Founders Hall is home to most of CCA’s first- and second-year resident students.

The residence features sculptural glass and red gridwork that frame a ground-level gallery, community gathering space, and a cafe where students can use their meal plan. Above, four floors are connected by an open-air indoor courtyard, common spaces, and corridors with student rooms on either side. The compact and efficient rooms come with storage, beds, and desks, as well as a separate sink, toilet, and shower stall to minimize morning traffic while students get ready for class. The top floor has single rooms for upperclassmen and graduate students, as well as a terrace overlooking San Francisco’s iconic skyline.

Blattner Hall

Just two blocks from our campus, this new, apartment-style residence hall caters to continuing undergraduate and transfer students. It offers apartments with two-person rooms and many modern amenities, including a living room and full kitchen in each suite.

Blattner Hall’s design supports environmental sustainability and making connections. The building features a solar panel-covered roof, for renewable electricity and hot water production, and holds the GreenPoint rating system’s highest ranking of Platinum. Adjoining courtyards and first-floor spaces are designed for community gathering, and the building’s location is hard to beat: High-profile art venues like fused space, San Francisco Center for the Book, and CCA’s Wattis Institute are all Blattner Hall’s neighbors. A Whole Foods is just blocks away, and Philz Coffee, one of a handful of nearby cafes, is a great spot to hold an impromptu study group.


Fuel your day conveniently on campus

Interior view of Makers Cafe in CCA's Founders Hall.

Makers Cafe in CCA's Founders Hall.

Flexible dining at Makers Cafe

Makers Cafe, located on the ground floor of our newest residence, Founders Hall, opened in fall 2020. The cafe is designed to accommodate the wide-ranging needs of our diverse campus community and neighbors. Enjoy seasonal menus and daily specials made with local and organic ingredients when possible, made-to-order hot and cold items, and fresh coffee and espresso from a full-service counter. An adjacent convenience store will keep hours for late-night needs.

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Committed to sustainability

CCA’s dining venues are managed by Bon Appétit, a James Beard-award winning food service management company that shares CCA’s sustainability values. Bon Appétit, which is based in Palo Alto, is recognized as an industry leader in environmentally and socially responsible practices, cooking made-from-scratch menu items with seasonal ingredients from local food growers. It was the first food service company to advocate for farmworkers’ rights, switch to cage-free eggs, strive to serve only sustainable seafood, and many other initiatives that aimed to tackle food’s role in climate change and pioneer environmentally sound sourcing policies. Together we’re developing a robust operations plan that ensures our food program is as sustainable as possible.

Save with a student meal plan

New CCA meal plans will create significant savings in the total cost of living for all eligible students. Students who live in Founders and Blattner halls will be required to choose from a selection of tax-free, declining-balance meal plans; the meal plan baseline will be based on whether a student lives in a unit with or without a kitchenette. Students who live off campus will have the opportunity to purchase a meal plan.

Social Events

Residence hall programming

Socialize right outside your room

Living in a CCA residence hall community makes it easier to connect with peers, push creative boundaries, and reach your goals. Your neighbors are like-minded makers who understand your priorities and schedule. They’re also great people to grow alongside and get to know at housing hangouts that happen all semester long, such as:

  • Movie, karaoke, and game nights
  • Community service opportunities
  • Professional and counseling meetups
  • International and holiday potlucks
  • So much more
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Help on-hand when you need it

CCA’s Housing, Dining, and Residential Education team members are always close by for mentorship and 24/7 assistance. In each hall, professional staff members, graduate interns, and trained student Resident Advisors provide a welcoming environment and guidance in your personal and artistic pursuits outside the classroom. (They can also tell you where to get discount art supplies.)


Information for incoming students

Can I request a roommate?

Yes, you can request roommates on your housing application. We honor all mutual requests if each student has participated in the roommate matching process by the priority deadline. Please refer to our roommate grouping instructions for the latest protocols on shared spaces.

Where will I do my laundry?

Each residence hall is equipped with a laundry room on every floor for residents to do their laundry.

Is a meal plan available?

Yes, every resident assigned to Founders and Blattner halls will have a meal plan included as part of their housing agreement

Can Makers Cafe accommodate dietary needs?

Yes, Makers Cafe offers meals that meet a wide variety of dietary preferences, and many meals can be customized to meet specific dietary needs. Plentiful vegetarian and vegan options are available at every meal.

Bon Appétit, the food service company that manages CCA’s dining venues, takes food allergies very seriously. They carefully train staff on food allergy awareness issues and use descriptive menuing to call out foods that use the eight major allergens. They are happy to assist those with food allergies or who are on special diets in identifying the right choices or even preparing foods to meet their needs.

What can I expect in terms of building security?

CCA utilizes state-of-the-art key fobs or a one-card access system to gain entry to our residential buildings. All residence halls have 24/7 security cameras at entrances and lobbies, front-desk staffing, and emergency protocols and procedures in place overseen by CCA Public Safety.

Can I live in my housing community during winter and spring breaks?

Yes, all housing license agreements provide residents the ability to live in their housing community during winter and spring breaks.

Can I bring a car to CCA?

Public parking is extremely difficult to find and can be expensive. The college doesn’t provide designated student parking lots and assumes no responsibility for students’ vehicles. Students may have vehicles at their own discretion and cost.

How will I get to campus?

Founders Hall is located on campus, directly across from our main building. The first-year studios are located in the building adjacent to Founders, which means new, incoming first-year students will not have to travel far to get to class. Our San Francisco campus is served by a free, dedicated shuttle route to downtown from Mission Bay TMA.

Public transportation is also nearby each residence hall.

The bus stop near Blattner Hall, which is only a five-minute walk to campus, is on Connecticut and 17th or 16th and Wisconsin. BART stations nearby are at 16th and Mission Street or Civic Center station on Market.

How to Apply

CCA housing requirements

Summer 2024 campus housing is available

CCA offers summer housing to students enrolled in summer courses or continuing students enrolled at CCA for the fall 2024 semester. Summer housing is available between May 11 and August 5. Students who are also enrolled for fall 2024 will have no gap in campus housing between the summer and fall term. Private studios with kitchenettes are available and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, so apply early!

Feb 20
Mar 15

Summer priority housing application period

Apply for fall campus housing

CCA has a live-on residency policy that requires incoming first-year and transfer students to live in campus housing. For continuing and graduate students who are looking for convenience and community, the college offers suite-style units and studio apartments.

Feb 20
Mar 15

Continuing students: Fall priority housing application period

Feb 20
May 22

New incoming students: Fall priority housing application period

New incoming students must submit an enrollment deposit and create their CCA account before they are able to start their housing application. View the complete housing application process and instructions on how to apply.

Need help? Reach out at [email protected] or call +1 415-551-9223.

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