Developments helping UC San Diego’s La Jolla campus grow

These four projects will help student enrollment grow, with the goal of reaching 50,000 students next decade.

Triton Center rendering with cylindrical glass building in the center.

A look at the Triton Center’s future.

Rendering via LMN Architects

UC San Diego has broken ground on the fall quarter, but that’s not the only thing underway. Students are sharing the La Jolla campus with many construction projects — a necessity as the population reaches new levels.

This year, enrollment hit a record high of 42,300, and that’s with the 24.7% freshman acceptance rate. By the start of the next decade, there could be 50,000 students attending the university, and these four developments will help the campus meet that demand.

Triton Center | Projected opening: Winter 2026
This summer, crews began construction on the redevelopment of this campus center, intended to be a hub for health and well-being services and academic success resources. It will also be the home of the Alumni and Welcome Center that will feature a 34,000-sqft tower wrapped in a transparent shade screen, boasting a 500-person event space.

Theatre District Living and Learning Neighborhood | Projected opening: Fall 2023 through spring 2024
Located on the southwestern edge of campus, this project will add 2,000 new beds when completed in addition to retail and dining space, offices, and the Eighth College building. The development’s phased opening fell behind schedule, but housing should be available for the spring 2024 quarter.

Pepper Canyon West Living and Learning Neighborhood rendering

Two towers, 22 and 23 stories, and 1,300 beds.

Rending copyright of Perkins & Will Architects

Pepper Canyon West Living and Learning Neighborhood | Project opening: Fall 2024
At a combined 580,500 sqft, these two buildings soar 22 and 23 stories and will add 1,300 single-occupancy rooms. The residential complex will be adjacent to the Central Campus trolley station and will add retail and outdoor spaces.

Ridge Walk North Living and Learning Neighborhood | Projected opening: Phased, fall 2025-spring 2026
When this project is completed, it will add 2,400 beds for undergrads, new classrooms, and additional administrative spaces west of the Geisel Library.

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