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 $66 million, with $56 million awarded from the State and $10 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. 

The residence will accommodate 314 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 ~83,000 square foot three-story building, which includes 93 units, will be located in parking lot “W” on the West side of College of San Mateo. Affordable student monthly rents will range from $475-$920, depending on the unit selected. 

HPI Architecture/Design Collective will design the student residence project. The first phase of the design process, Schematic Design, is beginning now.  Required California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) evaluation is currently underway.  Preliminary geotechnical and utilities evaluations are also in process.   

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 Forum: October 17, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. 
                                   Update provided at September 19th Forum
Frequently Asked Questions


  • Design/Permitting/State Approvals/Construction Contract Bidding: Summer 2023 –June 2024
  • Construction: Summer 2024-June 2026
  • Building Activation: Summer-Fall 2026
  • Students Move-in: Fall 2026


Design Phase

Contact Information

Director of Capital Projects

  Marie Mejia
  (650) 378-7259