Savas Sirikci was a student at UCLA and found it extremely difficult to find an apartment off-campus that was not only reasonably priced, but also provided a manageable commute. Being inspired by his own housing woes, Savas established Zuma and began to run the company from an at-home office. In December of 2008, Zuma rented its first apartment to UCLA students. The passion and dedication that Savas began with started to translate into his work and Zuma was born.
Zuma began to gain traction in 2009 as word of mouth began to spread, not only on the campus of UCLA, but throughout Westwood. As attention increased, so did the number of apartments. Students who were in need of off-campus housing began to seek out Zuma for assistance. .
Working with the UCLA Health Department, Zuma was a key catalyst in the David Geffen School of Medicine’s non-profit organization. Zuma housing was able to sponsor the Global Health Environment Program which was able to bring potential doctors and medical students from less privileged countries to UCLA to give them an opportunity to further their education and succeed in their career path. Some tenants have been able to obtain their education with the direct help of Zuma, ultimately going on to work at companies such as Google.