Comfortable living spaces that foster creativity, collaboration, and community help students thrive and do their best work.


Why live in CCA housing?

A home away from studio

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. Whether you’re a first-year, transfer, graduate, international, or continuing student, living in CCA dorms can enhance every aspect of your college experience.

Our Housing and Residential Life team is here to support your success in and out of the classroom. Starting with fall 2019 incoming freshmen, undergraduate students will be required to live on campus for their first two years so they have full access to this support. 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, writes CCA President Stephen Beal, and inspiration is always just around the corner in our San Francisco and Oakland residence halls.

Each hall is located in a neighborhood at the helm of cultural transformation. Live near contemporary galleries, world-renowned museums, cool collectives, and organizations driving design and technological innovation. Student housing is strategically set up to help you succeed as you navigate an urban landscape unlike anywhere else in the world.

CCA Student getting their bike

Enjoy convenient commutes

Our residence hall amenities support multiple aspects of daily life—from facilitating well-connected communities to offering easy access to transportation—all to help you get where you want to go. Live adjacent to campus and enjoy easy access to CCA’s free shuttle, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), walkable and bikeable routes, and secure bike storage.

Residence Halls

More housing than ever before

New places of learning and living

We’ve seen how the support system of a tight-knit community can help fuel creativity. That’s why we’re adding more than 700 beds in the heart of San Francisco’s dynamic DoReMi art and design district by fall 2020. Plans include increased state-of-the-art, community-minded residence halls tailored to students of all academic levels.

Clifton Hall

Reserved for first-year students, Clifton Hall is located in Rockridge, a neighborhood within the city of Oakland that includes many cafes, restaurants, small businesses, and art galleries. Clifton is conveniently positioned across from first-year student studios, while CVS drugstore, Safeway grocery store, and the College Avenue merchant district are a brief walk away. Each room has a small refrigerator, two long twin beds, dressers, chairs, desks, and more amenities. Shared kitchen and lounge spaces offer convenient places for students to come together to relax, socialize, and even collaborate.

188 Hooper

Opening in fall 2020 and right across from the San Francisco campus’ Nave, 188 Hooper will offer housing for CCA’s first- and second-year resident students. Fall 2019 incoming freshmen will be the first residents of the new space beginning their sophomore year.

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 San Francisco campus, this new residence hall is for CCA first-year, graduate, and continuing 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 less than half a mile away, and Philz Coffee, one of a handful of nearby cafes, is a great spot to hold an impromptu study group.

Panoramic Residences

A sleek 12-story high-rise in San Francisco’s SoMA district, Panoramic Residences is available for continuing and graduate students. Each room 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.

Student working at the Avenue Residence Hall dorms

Avenue Apartments

At the intersection of Broadway and College Avenue in Oakland, Avenue Apartments for continuing students are situated next door to campus and first-year studios. With six two-bedroom and two one-bedroom apartment units, the Avenue is home to our co-ed community called ARC (Artistic Retreat Community), designed for residents who seek a quieter environment with few distractions. Each apartment has furnished rooms, a full kitchen and living area, and other amenities. A Safeway and CVS shopping plaza is nearby, as are the many restaurants and cafes that make Oakland’s Rockridge district so distinct and walkable.

Students in their dorm at Irwin Hall

Irwin Hall

Located on the Oakland campus across from our first-year studios, Irwin Hall is reserved especially for first-year students. 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.

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

Check out the full residential calendar for upcoming events and dates to keep in mind, like Orientation Week and room change freezes.

Student housing residential assistant

Help on-hand when you need it

CCA’s Housing and Residential Life 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 paid their housing deposit fee by the priority housing application deadline.

Where will I do my laundry?

Washing machines and dryers are available in each residence hall with the exception of Irwin, whose residents use the laundry facilities in nearby Clifton Hall.

Is a meal plan available?

Yes, and if you live in a first-year residence hall, you’re required to purchase an A2 Café meal card that you can use at San Francisco and Oakland campuses for affordable food options. Panoramic and Blattner Hall residents can independently purchase a meal card directly from A2 Café. Starting fall 2020, every student resident will purchase a meal plan as part of their housing agreement.

What can I expect in terms of building security?

Each residence hall uses state-of-the-art key fob locking systems and has front desk staff that provide security and peace of mind.

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

Housing in Blattner Hall and Panoramic Residences is available during winter and spring breaks, while housing in Oakland (Clifton, Avenue, Irwin) is only available during spring break.

Can I bring a car to CCA?

First-year students aren’t permitted to bring vehicles to the college. Public parking is extremely difficult to find and can be expensive in downtown Oakland and San Francisco. For most people living in the Bay Area, having a car is not an ideal means of transportation.

How will I get to campus?

Free CCA intercampus shuttle services make travel convenient. The CCA shuttles run throughout the day, Monday through Friday, between Oakland campus, San Francisco campus, Panoramic Residences, and back again.

Public transportation is also nearby each residence hall. Clifton Hall, Irwin Hall, and Avenue Apartments communities are seven blocks from the Rockridge BART station, and the 51 AC Transit bus line stops on the corner of College and Broadway, which runs from downtown Oakland to downtown Berkeley.

At Panoramic Residences, many bus lines are close by on Market Street, and the 14 Mission stops on the street in front of the building. The nearest BART station is just two blocks away at the Civic Center station on Market.

The bus stop near Blattner Hall, which is only a five-minute walk to San Francisco 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 and deadlines

Spring 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 spring priority housing between October 15 and December 1. Follow these steps:

  1. Submit your nonrefundable enrollment deposit
  2. Activate your CCA email account at least 24 hours prior to applying for housing
  3. Submit your housing application (Note: Housing at CCA is offered on an as-available basis)
  4. 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 and $100 application fee on or before December 1 will be given priority for fall housing placement. To submit a housing application after December 1, email [email protected]. We’ll reach out with next steps if space is available or add your name to the waitlist.

Oct 15
Dec 01

Spring 2020 priority housing application period

Need help? Knock on our door anytime at [email protected] or call +1 510-594-3722.

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