$115 million Cal State Long Beach student housing project will add 424 beds

A new $115 million project recently broke ground at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) that will add housing for 424 students at below-market rates. The 108,000-sf La Playa Residence Hall, funded by the State of California’s Higher Education Student Housing Grant Program, will consist of three five-story structures connected by bridges.

Each building will be surrounded by outdoor amenities, including patios, dining areas, a welcome plaza, and a central lawn. The buildings will feature a mix of single- and double-occupancy student rooms, with lounges, study areas, and maintenance facilities located on every floor. Each building will have a kitchen on the ground floor, three apartments for staff or faculty, a 2,000 sf multipurpose room, and music practice rooms. Additionally, two dedicated offices will expand the University’s Counseling and Psychological Services program to provide support for students in need.