The following comes from a September 5 Catholic Voice article by Michele Jurich:
Two East Bay universities — both founded in 1868 — are joining forces to fill needs.
UC-Berkeley was faced with an abundance of first-year students, overwhelming its residence hall capacity. Holy Names University, seven miles away in the Oakland hills, found itself with room to spare.
About 400 of Holy Names University’s 1,200 students live in its four residence halls. The campus enrolls about 600 undergraduates, with the remaining 600 divided between the graduate school and adult degree students.
UC-Berkeley’s enrollment is almost 38,000, including 27,000 undergraduates. Incoming first-year students are guaranteed housing.
In January, representatives from UC-Berkeley “started the conversation,” said Justin Vacca, director of housing and residence life at Holy Names University. The creative solution they reached results in 50 University of California students living at Feehan Hall.
The arrangement offers the Cal students, most of whom are continuing students, “the best of both worlds,” Villa said.
The UC students and the HNU students live on separate floors, but will share common areas.