The landmark 10-acre, 1,600,000-square-foot North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood (NTPLLN) brings to life UC San Diego’s vision for a vibrant community that blends residential, academic, commercial, and cultural programming into one neighborhood. NTPLLN addresses the University’s growth and need for affordable on-campus living, as well as the desire to create a welcoming environment that advances student success by addressing physical, social and mental health through design.
NTPLLN is a true mixed-use neighborhood with 2,000 undergraduate beds, a dining hall, a market, a craft center, a 650-seat lecture hall, multiple academic learning environments, underground parking, retail spaces, restaurants and office space for academic faculty, administration, and operations staff. The transformational project is the largest living and learning community in the UC system and NTPLLN will serve as a blueprint for future living and learning system-wide programs.
Designed to achieve LEED platinum, NTPLLN opened in the fall of 2020 and proved that design focused on health and wellbeing also provides needed resilience in un-foreseen circumstances such as a global pandemic. The project has been established as a Living Lab where on-going research projects explore the interface of higher student outcomes and student wellness.