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The North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood


A neighborhood like no other on campus.

The North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood is an innovative, mixed-use community that will further connect students with each other, faculty and staff by incorporating residential, academic and administrative space.

To open Fall Quarter 2020, the living and learning neighborhood will become the home of the Division of Arts and Humanities, the Instititue of Arts and Humanities, the Analytical Writing Program and all three of our humanities departments: History, Literature and Philosophy.

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Watch the five-minute, time-lapse video of the construction site taken mid December 2019.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the impetus behind the Living and Learning Neighborhood?

Development of the Living and Learning Neighborhood presents an opportunity to help meet our on-campus housing goals while providing much-needed academic and support space — including a building specifically for the Division of Arts and Humanities — that better connects departments and programs. Envisioned to be a vibrant and active hub, the neighborhood will also be a welcoming and comfortable place that promotes community.

What campus units will be in the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood?

The complete North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood includes:

Arts humanities building sketch

The Arts and Humanities Building (PDF) will be a physical hub where ideas and ideals will thrive — expanding, testing, and transforming the existing conventions of intellectual exchange among and across disciplines.

Craft Center

The Craft Center (PDF) classrooms, dedicated studios, and specialized facilities will provide ample opportunities to activate connections, conversations, and community.

social sciences

The Social Sciences Public Engagement Building (PDF) will be a place for faculty, students, and the broader community to work together to generate ideas about quality of education and quality of life.

sixth college

Sixth College’s four residential buildings will house 2,000 students, creating shared experiences, encouraging personal connection, and inviting participation and discovery.

What is the map of the Living and Learning Neighborhood?

map of site

What units will be in the Arts and Humanities Building?

The Arts and Humanities building will include:

  • Division of Arts and Humanities Office of the Dean
  • Department of History
  • Institute of Arts and Humanities
  • Analytical Writing Program
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Department of Literature

Cross section of building

What is the construction schedule?

Construction is well underway with new student housing expected to be move-in ready by Fall 2020. Key dates include:

  • Building structures: June through December 2019
  • Building envelop and finishes: March through July 2020
  • Landscaping: July through August 2020

Normal construction hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.

Construction timeline

Is there a move-in timeline?

Occupents of the Arts and Humanities Building will have access to begin the move starting late August 2020, with full occupency complete by the end of September. A detailed schedule for each department and unit will be developed.

For reference, Fall Quarter 2020 begins Sept. 28, with first day of instruction Oct. 1.

How about parking and transportation?

The neighborhood will include an underground parking structure providing approximately 1,200 parking spaces –  more than 200 more parking spaces than the former lots provided.

Visit the Transportation Services website for parking alternatives and shuttle service updates. View live shuttle maps and arrival times.

What sustainability concerns are being addressed?

UC San Diego is committed to meeting UC system-wide goals of achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for all new buildings with North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood seeking to achieve a LEED Platinum rating. Innovative design elements, like an anaerobic digester, condensate capture systems and onsite photovoltaics, will help to achieve this goal. Learn more about UC San Diego's Green Building Program.

Division Receives Humanities Infrastructure Award

The arts and humanities will have a stronger presence on campus, thanks to a $750,000 matching grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

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At Triton Day

Learn more about the entire project at the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning website.

Page updated Jan. 14, 2020.