This case study represents a form of advocacy research to effect change in a university policy context. The research effort was undertaken as part of an architectural design studio course that explored campus cohousing options for a student population environmentally and programmatically neglected by university policies, namely single parents. This project enabled a university-community partnership to explore and advocate ways in which the campus environment could be made more responsive in student advancement and recruitment by rethinking the role and nature of university housing to support special populations of students and their families.