A pair of bills have emerged in the Legislature this year to help California college students secure housing near campus without breaking their budgets.

Sen. Janet Nguyen

SB 922 by Sen. Janet Nguyen, R-Garden Grove, focuses on turning surplus property near college campuses into housing for college students.

It would authorize the California Department of General Services to offer unused properties within two miles of any University of California, California State University or California community college to local governments or nonprofits for the construction of such housing.

Another bill, SB 1227 by Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, would provide a density bonus …

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