Demand for on-campus housing exceeds UC Irvine’s available student sleeping space

IRVINE, Calif. (KABC)– With the new school year in full swing at UC Irvine, there are many new students hoping to live on campus. But UC campuses across the state have experienced housing shortages.

Incoming freshman Oneli Christofelsz said she was worried about starting her studies and thought she would have to forego life on campus because there were no vacancies when she applied for housing.

“I was definitely nervous because I don’t drive, so my dad would have to drive me 30 minutes here and then since classes are so far apart he would have to wait here with me and that just sounds like so much chaos,” Christofelsz said.

Tim Trevan, executive director of student housing at UC Irvine, said they have more than 16,000 beds to offer for students this fall, but they have more demand than space.

“The waiting list for campus housing started at about 611 three weeks ago and today it’s down to 297,” Trevan said.

He said the number of students interested in living on campus has increased in schools.

“We occasionally hear from students who have to sleep on friends’ sofas or stay in less desirable accommodations,” Trevan said. “We have many resources on campus to help these students.”

At UC Riverside, some students said some rented or commuted off-campus because of the housing shortage on campus.

Merry Proto said the university plans to build more dormitories, but that doesn’t solve the immediate problem.

“It’s not really feasible, plausible, to create housing on campus and add more within the next year. It’s just too much to build,” said Proto.

Trevan said UC Irvine plans to open more than 1,000 beds next fall.

In the meantime, they can guarantee all exchange students and freshmen like Christofelsz housing on campus for the next two years.

“I’m in a hall full of girls and it’s really fun. We just stick together. We watch TV at night and so on,” said Christofelsz.

Trevan said students who remain on the waitlist this fall quarter are encouraged to check back in the winter when they have more vacancies.

However, they are confident that most if not all of their students will be cared for.

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