New UCSF Housing To Open This Summer
Academe at 198, a new housing community at 198 McAllister Street, is set to open this summer, providing additional housing opportunities for the UC San Francisco community.
The 14-story, mixed-use building spearheaded by UC College of the Law, San Francisco (UC Law SF and formerly called UC Hastings) replaces Snodgrass Hall and will include 230 units of housing for members of the UCSF community. Academe at 198 will provide below-market rate housing with a mix of efficiencies, studios, and one-bedroom apartments. The building will significantly expand affordable housing in one of the country’s most expensive real estate markets.
UCSF Assistant Dean for Diversity and Learner Success, D’Anne Duncan, said “This location is fantastic, because it allows our students to commute to both Mission Bay and Parnassus Heights campuses in a time-efficient manner.”
“Overall, I believe the community-building opportunities, unique amenities, caring staff, thoughtful design, and location will blend to create a sense of harmony and belonging,” said David DeVillier, Director of Campus Housing for UC Law, SF. “Academe at 198 is filled with pleasant surprises designed to provide residents with comfortable living spaces and meaningful interactions with peers and colleagues.”
For Daniel Ghobrial, a first-year post-graduate resident in the UCSF Endodontics Graduate Program, the new complex has just what he was looking for in housing. “Quite honestly, the modern apartment building with a centralized location is what is most appealing, as well as the fitness center and the skyline views,” he said.
While the fitness center is important to Ghobrial’s lifestyle, the location near so many restaurants and city attractions is also appealing to Ghobrial. Within two blocks are the city’s main library, City Hall, and the Asian Art Museum.
The new building is nestled in an area of San Francisco renowned for historic architecture and live performance venues. The neighborhood is home to the SF Symphony Hall, the Wilsey Center for Opera, SF Ballet, and BroadwaySF theaters.
Melissa Berges Morales is moving from New York City to San Francisco this summer to begin a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care. She said the central location of Academe 198 is ideal as she doesn’t own a car.
“It’s a good location, close to shuttles and other campuses,” she said. “Having security onsite will also make it feel safe.” The building's café, where she can grab a good cup of coffee, is the 'cherry on top.'
The community’s amenities include 24-hour security, shared study rooms, an indoor-outdoor residential lounge, a video room, laundry, fitness center, and bike storage. Pets are permitted at Academe at 198 and the grounds feature an exterior dog run. WiFi and utilities are included in the monthly rate.
Jahnavi Curlin is a student in the UCSF PRIME-US program and currently lives in UCSF Housing. “The fact that it is furnished makes it much easier for a professional student. I also like that it’s a brand-new building,” she said.
Learn more about Academe 198 here.