The California State University Board of Trustees has approved plans for a new student housing complex at Cal State Bakersfield.

The board met earlier this month to consider the $41.3 million project, which will house rooms for 500 students as well as study rooms, lounges, classrooms, a game room and a multi-purpose room.

A central courtyard will provide outdoor group or independent study and recreation opportunities.

CSUB is often perceived to be a commuter school, but "residential life is alive and well on the CSUB campus," said Thomas Wallace, the university's vice president of student affairs, in a statement released Wednesday.

There are five residence halls on campus already, with 326 beds.

The new complex will be funded through a combination of the CSU Statewide Revenue Bond Program, housing program reserve contributions and a loan from the Affordable Student Housing Revolving Fund (ASHRF) loan program, said CSUB spokeswoman Colleen Dillaway. Housing revenue will repay the loan and bond financing, she said.

The complex will consist of three four-story residential buildings and a single- story support facility. It will be located on the northeast side of the campus at the south end of Don Hart Drive East, north of Kroll Way, where grass fields currently exist. Total plans include rooms for 500 students.

The university hopes to complete preliminary plans in March 2013, finish working drawings in October 2013, and start construction in November 2013.

Students would move in beginning February 2015.