Two new apartment complexes are in the midst of construction on Figueroa Street to accommodate University Gateway’s student overflow.
The new structures — one at Figueroa and 27th aptly named West 27th Place, and the other, an as-yet-unnamed complex just north of the Vagabond Motel — aim to address the profound demand for overpriced student housing in the wake of Gateway’s grand opening.
Trojans all over campus are already expressing muted interest.
“I don’t know. I’ll probably continue living where I am,” said Meghan Hauser, a junior studying policy, planning and development living in a house on 27th. “I don’t want to have to move my Tri Delt canopy.”
“I might move if they offer me a free beach cruiser or a chance to win a trip to Key West,” said current Gateway resident and sophomore Michael Kritzler.
As for recent Gateway promises, “that pet polar bear that casually opens beers with his capable maw ought to be coming any day now,” Kritzler added.
Based on data collected regarding Gateway’s and Tuscany’s occupancy, these new complexes can expect 20-30% of the maximum capacity for the fall, so there’s reason to be optimistic.
Building management couldn’t be contacted regarding rent or amenities, but students are already jittery with anticipation.
“I bet there’ll be indoor skydiving,” Kritzler said. “Or a kiosk that can print money! There’d better be something like that. Otherwise I might as well be living in university housing.”