UCB Student Housing Under Construction At 1050 Monroe Street, Albany

1050 Monroe Street1050 Monroe Street via Kevin Daly Architects

A new update has been released announcing the inauguration of the Albany Village Graduate Student Apartments at 1050 Monroe Street in UC Berkeley. The project proposal includes the construction of a graduate student housing complex spanning an area of 300,000 square feet. Albany Village Graduate Student Apartments will be adjacent to UC Berkeley’s existing University Village family housing community.

Kevin Daly Architects is responsible for the designs. Ayers Saint Gross and American Campus Communities are also part of the team. CMG Landscape Architects is responsible for the landscape.

Albany Village Student Housing Aerial View

Albany Village Student Housing Aerial View via Kevin Daly Architects

Albany Village Graduate Student Apartments will be an exciting new housing option for single graduate students. The project will provide 761 single-occupancy bedrooms in apartment-style units for single UC Berkeley graduate students without children. The housing complex will offer fully-furnished apartments, featuring large windows that allow abundant natural light into bedrooms and living spaces. Each apartment will include a full kitchen with major appliances, as well as an in-unit washer and dryer.

Albany Village Student Housing Outdoor Space

Albany Village Student Housing Outdoor Space via Kevin Daly Architects

Students will also enjoy spaces for social interaction and recreation, including lounges and meeting rooms. A series of outdoor courtyards will provide more than 55,000 square feet of space for relaxing, studying and socializing. The housing complex will also feature landscaped gardens, designed with native plants and lush trees. Students will also be able to host barbeque gatherings, and take advantage of recreational spaces on new multi-use lawns and terraces.

Albany Village Student Housing

Albany Village Student Housing via Kevin Daly Architects

The Albany Village complex is located in the neighboring city of Albany, just 3.5 miles west of campus. It is adjacent to University Village, UC Berkeley’s 58-acre family student housing complex, and is conveniently located near shopping and restaurants. The building is located at the corner of Monroe Street and Jackson Street, between the UC Village and a Sprouts grocery store.

The area is served by a direct AC transit bus to campus. A new transit plaza will be added along Monroe Street, directly in front of the apartments. This will allow students to catch a direct ride to campus.

UCB Albany Village Housing

UCB Albany Village Housing via Kevin Daly Architects

This project will realize the third phase of the 2004 University Village Master Plan, which called for developing student housing on this 3.8-acre site of university-owned land. Applications for the 2024-25 academic year will be accepted beginning in spring 2024.

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5 Comments on "UCB Student Housing Under Construction At 1050 Monroe Street, Albany"

  1. correction to headline, 1050 Monroe St is just over the border in Albany, not Berkeley.

    Pretty important distinction for RHNA purposes

  2. Annie Anonymous | October 30, 2023 at 9:50 pm | Reply

    Not opening for months and months.
    Under construction for the time being.
    A case of MHS (Misleading Headline Syndrome).
    How about “Project Underway”?
    Save “opening” for the ribbon cutting, maybe.

  3. Needed, yes. Unique and interesting design, yes. As a conceptual rendering done by a student for an architecture course, I’d give it an A- for originality. As an actual design for a real building on this site for this purpose, I give it a solid D. Artistic flair in this instance will erect an unsightly, tacky looking structure designed more for a pat on the back from the design shop boss than the decades of unfortunate grads who will have to embarrassingly admit they live there, and all the neighbors and passers by who will be continually assaulted by its hideous visage. Build something interesting that will also be beautiful and uplifting to all who behold it? Nah. Let’s take the same time, money, and material and make something weird and quirky! Damn the haters, at least we won’t have to live in the ugly thing. Haha! Such a sad waste of potential.

  4. The project is somewhat out of scale and an eyesore. Just too darn high. We live on the hill and will have this apartment building as a prominent feature of our view forever. I think the design firm could have integrated the appearance , as seen from above, to be less imposing. I hope the color scheme on the north elevation is not “bright” or imposing. And there should be more major screening of the facade with large trees. That would help. Thank you.

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