Tesla Gigafactory Employees Use Local University Dorms For Temp Housing

4 months ago by Steven Loveday 11

Tesla Gigafactory

Downtown Reno and University of Nevada, Reno, not far from the Tesla Gigafactory (Image Credit: flickr via Edwin Seiler)

The Tesla Gigafactory has been using the University of Nevada, Reno campus for various reasons, and now employees are moving into the dorms.

It’s a busy time at the Tesla Gigafactory, with Model 3 production right around the corner. Tesla CTO J.B. Straubel recently announced that the facility is already making batteries for the upcoming, wildly popular affordable electric sedan.

Tesla Gigafactory

Tesla Gigafactory Aerial (April 2017)

The university’s Vice President of Research and Innovation, Mridul Gautam, explained that Tesla has been collaborating with UNR researchers and sharing university labs. The education facility and the Gigafactory have established a partnership, which helps both sides. He shared:

“It is about building relationships.”

One would think that there is also plenty of potential for UNR graduates to seek employment at Tesla. The university has actually already added two minors due to the Tesla partnership, and UNR officials anticipate program growth related to the electric automaker. Miles Greiner, chairman of the mechanical engineering department at UNR, made a reference to future employment of UNR students at Tesla:

“We are trying to be responsive and get ahead of it.”

About 30 Tesla Gigafactory employees have started reting dorm space, and more are expected soon. They are charged the same rate as college students, which costs about $35 per night. UNR has previously rented space for camps and youth groups, and is now finding that renting to businesses may become a thing of the future.

The campus is also a sanctuary for Tesla employees, as they are surrounded by educators and the educated, rather than being in a hotel attached to a casino. Hopefully, this makes for a more restful and positive experience. The university indirectly benefits because the gorgeous campus markets itself. Gautam said:

“People come here and see this beautiful campus and what is available on campus. They see this is a great campus with the infrastructure for research and development.”

Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

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11 responses to "Tesla Gigafactory Employees Use Local University Dorms For Temp Housing"

  1. John says:

    Looks like a win-win to me!

    1. sven says:

      Yeah. Having middle-aged male, low-level blue-collar factory workers, sleep nearby often inebriated teen-aged female coed students sounds like a great idea. What could possibly go wrong? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

      But I guess its not as bad having the apartment next door turn into a pop-up whore house, because the guy renting the apartment went away on vacation and wanted to make a quick buck subletting it on Uber.

      1. Terry Naputo says:

        Why so negative?

        1. Mark.ca says:

          He wishes he could be part of it…

        2. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

          He’s very upset over (a) all the money he’s lost on shorting Tesla stocks, and (b) the way nobody is foolish enough to believe all the anti-Tesla FUD and B.S. he posts.

      2. Ross says:

        Uh, I imagine this is just for the summer when there are few to no students around. My university did the same thing when I was there (although not to manufacturing workers). In fact, the dorm I was in had AC, but it was never turned on during the school year. It was purely installed to improve the comfort of the rooms while the university rented them out over the summer to various entities.

  2. SparkEV says:

    Dorms are “sanctuary” for sex, drugs, rock and roll. With all the risk of micro aggressions and being accused of “privilege” by snowflakes, and unable to see stand up comics, I’d rather live next to a Casino.

  3. Ocean Railroader says:

    This is code words for housing is going to be very expensive and in short supply if you take a job at the Gigafactory.

    The cost of housing is the biggest determent to moving to another state to go after a job.

    1. Wineboy! says:

      Should get an RV?

      1. (⌐■_■) Trollnonymous says:

        That was my thought.

        A few acres onsite reserved for temporary employee RV’s would work great.

    2. Nix says:

      Everywhere that there are job openings in abundance for well paying positions in the United States, housing prices are high.

      If you want to live somewhere that housing prices are low, that’s fine. But there won’t be an abundance of well paying jobs there.

      Welcome to the law of supply and demand in the free market for jobs and housing.

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