Record Enrollment Spurs New Housing

A rendering of the College Creek Apartments under construction at the south entrance of campus. HSU Facilities Management

NEXT TIME YOU VISIT campus, you may notice that things look quite different. Just off Harpst Street—one of the main entrances to campus—what has been the Lower Playing Field is now the site of a major construction effort. Humboldt State began work in November on new student housing to accommodate record enrollments. The new project will also provide the campus with a community center and retail space.

Scheduled for occupancy in fall 2010, the nearly $38 million College Creek Apartments will house 434 beds in four buildings. A regulation NCAA synthetic turf soccer field made of recycled rubber will adjoin
the new facilities.

A typical housing unit will have three bedrooms, double occupancy, with two baths and a living area.
The 15,000 square-foot community center will host a full roster of campus activities and meeting rooms available for most of the same uses as those in the existing Jolly Giant Commons.

Funding is provided by state bonds separate from the University’s operating and academic budgets.

Although California’s precarious budget situation has meant that many construction projects on campus have been temporarily halted, work on the College Creek Apartments will continue. The complex should open on schedule.

The new apartments are one response to a record enrollment of 7,800 students in fall 2008. HSU has also set a record for freshman enrollment with 1,191 registering for the fall 2008 semester, a 13 percent jump over 2007.