Islands Cafe

The CSU Channel Islands Santa Rosa Village/Dining Commons Expansion Project is comprised of a new 118,000 SF student housing complex; a remodel and expansion of approximately 19,500 SF of the existing Dining Commons facility, including a new 1,760 SF entrance pavilion on the South Quad; and infrastructure improvements supporting these facilities.


California State University, Islands Cafe


Camarillo, CA


Architecture /
Campus Environments /
Student Life + Dining /
Interior Design /
Campus Environments /

Square Feet


118,000 SF Housing

19,500 SF Dining

600 Beds

The project is designed for incoming freshmen to promote community-building and foster cross-disciplinary learning. The project will complement CSU’s existing residential neighborhood and reinforce the residential zone illustrated in the Master Plan.

The student housing element of the project includes new construction and renovation. Programming for the building will direct its layout, with 600 total beds organized into pods of 40 beds each. A typical student housing pod will contain 19 double rooms, one single accessible room, one resident advisor suite, a communal gathering space, restroom facilities, and support spaces. Building 8 will be renovated to house 166 beds for students, RAs, and staff; family rooms; study lounges; and an office suite. The new building will include approximately 400 beds, a staff apartment, family rooms, and study lounges.

A single-story structure will house the main social gathering spaces for Santa Rosa Village, including a Grand Living Room, a classroom, a laundromat, and a communal kitchen—all adjacent to outdoor landscaped courtyards with seating. An orchard and edible garden area with bicycle parking will delimit the southern perimeter of the project.