This year, for the first time, Laguna College of Art & Design students will be able to live in campus housing.
The housing is located at 793 Laguna Canyon Road, between the Sawdust Festival and Art-A-Fair, in a converted retail center about 3/4 mile from downtown Laguna Beach. The college is located about a half-mile inland.
The South Campus Residence Hall will house 21 students in five furnished units that were just completed by the landlord, Mark Orgill, according to Jennifer Daniels, a college spokeswoman. That is about 20% of the incoming class.
The application process for the apartments was open to all incoming freshmen, with priority going to those coming from outside of a 100-mile radius of Orange County, Daniels said.
"The transition from home to college can be challenging for younger students, especially those from outside southern California," said college President Dennis Powers. "Student housing, run and supervised by the college, can ease that transition, making it easier for a young person to launch their studies in art and design.