Since 2008, the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC) has been the driving force behind the Student Housing ordinance that promotes building new student housing in San Francisco. The ordinance amends the Planning Code to recognize this new category of housing. It exempts "qualified student housing projects" from the Planning Code’s Inclusionary Housing requirements and creates definitions to recognize "qualified students" and institutions. The intended outcome is to create incentives and reduce the uncertainty to get thousands of new units built as other cities have done. This has the additional benefit of freeing up thousands of units of SF's family-sized rental stock.
J.K. Dineen's SF Biz Times article, "Boom Looms for Student Housing"