North District Phase Two

Phase Two of The North District represents a unique collaboration between the University of California, Riverside (UCR) and the Riverside Community College District (RCCD) to create a joint intersegmental student residential community located on the UCR campus.


University of California, Riverside


Riverside, CA


Architecture /
Campus Environments /
Student Residential /


1,568 beds

417,000 SF

Targeting LEED Gold

Funded in part through the Higher Education Student Housing Grant Program established in the state’s senate bill (SB) 169, a portion of the project’s units are designated as affordable, offering low-cost housing for students enrolled in either institution. In addition, the project provides RCCD students with a campus residential experience and courses of study geared toward the UC/CSU transfer portals while providing UCR students a more diverse social and academic community.

The 1,500+ bed community is located within the North District, a 50-acre living/learning district on the UCR campus. Building off the success of Phase One, which was also designed by SCB, Phase Two serves as a new gateway presence at the north end of campus.

The buildings evoke the mid-century architectural tradition of UCR through monumental loggias and the use of exposed concrete and Norman-bond brick. The design for the all-electric, five-and-seven story buildings combines climatic responsiveness and passive solar mitigation strategies along with the building program to create an integrated, indoor/outdoor residential experience. The project is targeting LEED Gold.

An activated ground floor provides student residents with a variety of amenities and administrative services including social and recreation spaces, a fitness center, a grab and go café, centralized laundry facilities, and academic-focused spaces for both group and individual study. Many of the spaces connect seamlessly to two, large, terraced courtyards that serve as tranquil respites and hubs of social interaction for residents.