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 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.
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 CCA’s free shuttle, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), walkable and bikeable routes, and secure bike storage.
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.
Opening in fall 2020 in the center of CCA’s San Francisco campus, Founders Hall will be 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.
CCA’s newest community at Founders Hall offers welcoming rooms and dining
Just two blocks from San Francisco 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.
Spacious floor plans and suite apartments reside at Blattner Hall
A sleek 12-story high-rise in San Francisco’s SoMA district, each room in the Panoramic Residences has extra-long twin beds, dining space, and a kitchenette with stainless steel appliances. The building’s many amenities include on-site bike storage, as well as a bike repair station. A bus stop is out front, and a BART station is just two blocks away, as are cultural spots, like the Orpheum Theatre and Asian Art Museum, and attractions to hit up outside of class, like Westfield shopping center, Sightglass Coffee, and the farmers’ market at UN Plaza.
Located on CCA’s beautiful Oakland campus, Irwin Hall is ideal for continuing students whose programs are based in Oakland. Double rooms arranged in suite-style living surround a common lounge equipped with TVs, couches, and tables. Microwave and refrigerator units are provided in each room, and suite mates share a bathroom and other amenities. Rockridge’s shopping plaza is less than a half mile away, and nearby College Avenue offers a diverse range of restaurants, bookstores, cafes, and shops.
Flexible dining at Makers Cafe
Makers Cafe on the ground floor of CCA’s new residential community at 188 Hooper, called Founders Hall, is slated to open 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.
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 in Panoramic Residences or off campus will have the opportunity to purchase a meal plan, but it won’t be required.
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
Check out the full residential calendar for upcoming events and dates to keep in mind, like Orientation Week and room change freezes.
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.)
Fall 2020 application process
Secure your place in the competitive Bay Area housing market by applying to join a close-knit student housing community. Incoming students should apply for fall priority housing between March 16 and May 15. Follow these steps:
- Submit your nonrefundable enrollment deposit
- Activate your CCA email account at least 24 hours prior to applying for housing
- Submit your housing application (Note: Housing at CCA is offered on an as-available basis)
- If you receive a housing assignment, submit a housing license agreement and a refundable $300 damage and cleaning fee to reserve your space
Incoming students who submit a completed housing application on or before May 15 will be given priority for Fall housing placement. To submit a housing application after May 15, email [email protected]. We’ll reach out with next steps if space is available or add your name to the waitlist.
Need help? Knock on our door anytime at [email protected] or call +1 510-594-3722.