UC Hastings is one of a limited number of law schools with housing devoted exclusively to its students.

Launch The Tower: On-Campus Housing

McAllister Tower, one block away from the school’s academic and administrative buildings, is an iconic San Francisco building. Formerly the Empire Hotel, it once featured a full-scale church on its ground floors and was one of San Francisco’s tallest structures. Now part of the National Register Uptown Tenderloin Historic District, UC Hastings’ residential center holds 252 efficiency, studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments on 17 floors.

Applicant Eligibility & Process: All admitted UC Hastings students who have paid their enrollment deposit are eligible to apply to live in the McAllister Tower. The link to the housing application is included in your deposit confirmation email. Apartments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Once assigned an apartment, students are permitted to live in the Tower for the duration of their study at UC Hastings. Due to the limited number of apartments, new students who are interested in residing at McAllister Tower are encouraged to apply early. Please contact the following offices if you have paid your enrollment deposit but did not receive the housing application link:

Incoming JDs: 415-565-4623 or
Incoming LLMs:
Incoming MSLs:

Tower Amenities

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Tower amenities include the Sky room, an art deco-style lounge on the 24th floor with breathtaking views of the San Francisco skyline for student’s use as an area to relax or study during designated hours. There is also the Clara Foltz Lounge, a casual lounge equipped with a pool table, table tennis, large television, and seating areas. ATM and Vending machines are available 24/7.

Additional Tower amenities include the following:

Types of Housing

The McAllister Tower contains 252 apartments available for students. This includes 87 efficiency units, 100 studio units, 55 one-bedroom units, 6 two-bedroom units and 4 penthouse units.

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Rates for Academic Year 2022-2023

(effective August 1, 2022)

TypePrice RangeApproximate Sq. Ft.Maximum Tenants Allowed
Furnished Efficiency$1,615-$1,640
One Bedroom$2,135-2,655500Two
Two Bedroom$3,315
Penthouse $4,090-$4,3451140-1870Three

Price range is per unit, not per student. Utilities (electricity, gas, water and refuse disposal) are included with the monthly rental rate. Full internet access is provided by UC Hastings wireless network. Residents should contact their own provider for cable services.

Price variation of units is based on the location, size, and view. Most units on the 9th floor and above offers a view.

Please note that our elevators will not accept furniture longer than 7 feet. In an effort to make the students’ move as easy as possible, Housing Services request 10 business days prior notice in order to reserve an elevator for one hour.

Children are welcome at the tower; however, residents with children should understand that noise must be held to a minimum and that neighborhood play areas are limited. Pets are not allowed.

McAllister Tower is a state-owned facility and smoking is strictly prohibited within 30 feet of the front entrance. This policy will be enforced at McAllister Tower.

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