Districtwide Student Housing at College of San Mateo Project

Since 2020, the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) has dedicated resources to compete for State funding to build desperately needed student housing.  In late 2022, the District submitted a project grant application to secure State funding to construct Districtwide student housing at College of San Mateo.  The District’s application ranked 5th out of 21 fiercely competitive community college district applications.  The top 6 applicants were awarded funding from the State of California as approved in the 2023-2024 budget. 

This project's total budget is $86 million, with $56 million awarded from the State and $30 million dedicated from local District funds. The District is bound by the commitments of the submitted project program in the application; therefore, the size and location of this project are firm. 

HPI Architecture/Design Collective will design the student residence project.  The residence will accommodate 310 students and a full-time resident director, who will live on-site, and be charged with developing and managing a community that promotes engagement, learning, respect for diversity, and student success.  The 86,000 gross square feet, three-story building, which includes 93 units (standard and mobility), will be located in parking Lot B on the southwest side of College of San Mateo. Affordable student monthly rents will range from $475-$920 (2022 rates - will be adjusted when the building opens).

  •  Design Development Phase
  • Continue to review budget/value engineer
  • DSA - A/E Intro & Pre-Submittal Meeting
    • California Geological Survey (CGS) Submittal in progress
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in progress (4 - 6 months)
Additional Information:
Scion Group SMCCCD Student Housing Feasibility Study Results
Resolution in Support for Districtwide Student Housing Grant Application
Update on Districtwide Student Housing at College of San Mateo (August 9th 2023)
Conceptual Design Options
Community Forums Held: September 18, 2023
                                              September 19, 2023 - Update
                                              October 17, 2023 
Frequently Asked Questions


  • Design / DSA / Bidding: May 2023 –July 2025
  • Construction: August 2025 - May 2027
  • Students Move-in: June 2027

Contact Information

Director of Capital Projects

  Marie Mejia
  (650) 378-7259