New Residence and Dining Halls

USF to house 600 more students

By SAYANTIKA MANDAL, USF NEWS Posted Tue, 09/18/2018 - 14:02

USF has broken ground on a 150-unit contemporary Mediterranean-style residence hall that will feature common rooms, art spaces, and a contemplative courtyard. The university is also doubling the capacity of Lone Mountain’s nearby Wolf and Kettle Cafe, transforming it into a full-fledged dining hall with windows overlooking the San Francisco Bay.

Construction is expected to be complete in December 2020, and, in August 2021, the first students will move in.

The new residence hall — two buildings connected by an elevated walkway — is being built where the ROTC Underhill Building and tennis courts were. It will house 600 students in units with shared living rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. There will be four interior courtyards, as well as common spaces that can be used as game rooms, music rooms, lounges, and laundry rooms. The courtyards will have themes: a contemplative space, an art space, an 'active/play’ space, and a green space.

“Research and experience show there are numerous benefits to living on campus, including convenience, opportunities to develop life-long friendships, and enjoying an environment that fosters the educational and personal growth of students,” says Vice Provost of Student Life Julie Orio. “We know that the more engaged students are, the more successful they will be.”

Wolf and Kettle extension

The Wolf and Kettle Cafe will be expanded, taking over what is currently a lawn. The new facility will seat about 300.

A new underground parking lot for faculty and staff is also underway, providing more than 150 vehicle parking spots and nearly 200 bicycle spots. The ROTC program, now in the Presidio, will be relocated to the Koret Health and Recreation Center roof, where an addition will be built. Construction is expected to finish in the same timeframe as the residence and dining halls. 

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