project simulation

UC San Diego’s student population has grown to more than 33,000 students and is expected to increase. Development of the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood presents an opportunity to help meet our on-campus housing goals while providing much-needed academic and support space that better connects departments and programs.

Envisioned to be a vibrant and active hub, the neighborhood will also be a welcoming and comfortable place that promotes community. Elements include:

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The Living Learning Neighborhood will be located on a 10-acre parcel of land currently occupied by two surface parking lots, P207 and P208. The lots are on the west campus between Muir College and Marshall College, just east of North Torrey Pines Road.

Muir College Drive is a significant campus entry point and should reflect the unique character of the university. Landscaping and signage will help contribute to a sense of place and wayfinding, better integrating the campus with the surrounding community.

Housing/Academic/Support Space

The Living and Learning Neighborhood will provide the following:

  • Approximately 2,000 new beds, resident facilities and support space for undergraduate students
  • A new home for Sixth College
  • New instruction and research space for departments and programs within the Divisions of Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities
  • General assignment classrooms
  • Residential life space for students and staff to support UC San Diego’s undergraduate college system

The new buildings will blend with the existing campus development surrounding the area as well as the community. Building heights will be varied with some individual buildings reaching up to 14 stories. Views from the Learning and Living Neighborhood will look into and out of the campus.

Open Space

Thoughtfully-designed open space will be an integral part of the neighborhood. There will be places to socialize and relax as well as pedestrian and bike-friendly pathways and elements. Landscape design will be consistent with campus sustainability goals, emphasizing drought tolerance.

As part of the open space improvements, Scholars Drive will be realigned. This will provide a more comfortable and safer pedestrian and bike environment along Ridge Walk on the eastern edge of the neighborhood. Enhancing the movement of people and bikes through the campus core is an ongoing goal for UC San Diego, which development of the Living Learning Neighborhood will help us achieve.

Parking and Transportation

An underground parking structure will be part of the new neighborhood, providing 1,200 parking spaces – 230 more parking spaces than the 970 spaces currently available in lots P207 and P208.

The Campus Loop road and shuttle stop will be moved off Ridge Walk to enable better circulation for bicycle and pedestrian traffic. The shuttle stop will be relocated along Scholars Drive.

Additional Information

As the future home of Sixth College, the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood is an important part of the Marshall and Sixth Neighborhood Planning Study. This study provides a framework to guide future development, open space, circulation and infrastructure improvements within the Marshall and Sixth neighborhood. The planning study assembles a collection of diverse places and development needs into one common vision, yet is intended to be flexible as needs and resources change overtime. For more information, view the study’s executive summary.