SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 30, 2021 — A ribbon-cutting celebration at Hornet Commons on Thursday, July 29, marked the addition of the well-appointed student apartment complex to the University’s housing lineup.
Sac State President Robert S. Nelsen joined political and campus leaders at the event, including President Emeritus Alexander Gonzalez, under whose leadership the project initially gained consideration.
“Wow. Wait until you go inside,” Nelsen told the crowd. “Alexander Gonzalez, your dream came true. City of Sacramento, you did the right thing and helped take the ‘C word’ away from Sac State. We are no longer a commuter college.”
Hornet Commons is a collection of buildings featuring 284 sleek apartment-style rooms with 1,100 beds in a setting designed to meet the needs and demands of a modern student population. It sits on 13 acres at State University and College Town drives, a highly desirable location clearly visible from nearby Highway 50, giving Sac State another attractive public face.
Amenities at Hornet Commons include a swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, sand volleyball and bocce courts, basketball half-court, Einstein Bros. Bagels café, barbecues, bike lockers, computer lab, fire pits, clubhouse, hammock hangers, expansive yoga lawn, and a sundeck.
The apartments are fully furnished, and each comes with a dishwasher, 55-inch 4K TV, washer and dryer, extra-long twin beds with storage, stackable dressers, study desks, ceiling fans, laminate flooring, and furniture in the common living area.
Each apartment houses up to four residents. All utilities, including Wi-Fi, are included in the leasing fee.
Greystar is the South Carolina-based company that built, financed, and operates Hornet Commons.
Sacramento State broke ground on Hornet Commons in June 2019. University Enterprises Inc. (UEI), purchased from the city of Sacramento 11.5 acres occupied by the Dan McAuliffe Memorial Ballparks. Sac State already owned the adjoining 1.5 acres, which it leased to UEI. As part of an agreement, the developer replicated the ballpark complex at Army Depot East Park, in south Sacramento.
“Hornet Commons supports our commitment to ensuring student success by delivering an on-campus, contemporary, upper-division student housing complex for our students,” said Jim Reinhart, UEI’s executive director.