Move-In FAQs

These FAQs should answer most of your questions about arriving in Berkeley.

When may I move in?
For students living in University Housing

Thursday, January 12, 2017

For students who are attending the January CalSO program

You should move into your space the morning of Thursday, January 12. Please visit for questions specifically related to CalSO.

May I move in early or late?

There are no early move-ins. You can move in late, although you may miss some valuable orientation and programming.

What if I get to my residence hall after hours?

Go to the front desk of the Unit and they will assist you. If you arrive very late, you will need to call the staff person on call. Follow the instructions posted on the main door of the Unit office.

What's in my room?

Please see the My Room webpage for current details. 

Rooms are furnished with extra-long twin single beds and/or bunk beds, desks, chairs, and drawer space for each student. They also include closets, mirrors, wastebaskets, bookshelves, general lighting, and curtains.

What will I need for my room?

Review the Move-In Checklist for a full list of what to bring, and what not to bring. Also, if you bring your own hand truck, your move will be easier.

Please note: Due to safety concerns, halogen lights are not permitted.

Housekeeping services are provided in common areas only. We do not clean your room during the semester. A vacuum is available for use in your room, and you may want to bring a few cleaning supplies like a spray cleaner and sponge.

May I bring my own refrigerator and/or microwave?

Order your refrigerator/microwave unit for your room. Personal microwaves and refrigerators are not allowed in residence-hall rooms, but you can rent an Energy Star combination unit from College for your room. Please check with your roommate(s) to verfiy if a MicoChill unit is already in the room prior to placing your order. If you don't know your room assignmnet yet, no problem, just email

Where do I go on Move-In Day?

Go directly to the unit to which you have been assigned. Staff will be there to welcome you with your room number and keys. After 6 p.m., staff may not be immediately available to assist you.

Check in hours are 9 a.m.–6 p.m. If you are not able to arrive during this time, please go to the administrative office in your assigned building for instructions on how to proceed. Please be aware that you may have to wait for an on-duty staff member to assist you after the office is closed, and items (such as hand carts) will not be available after hours.


2535 Channing Way

Clark Kerr Campus

2601 Warring Street • 510.642.6290

Foothill Student Housing

2700 Hearst Avenue • 510.642.9703

Stern Hall

Hearst Avenue and Highland Place • 510.642.9703 (Go to Foothill to check in)

Unit 1

2650 Durant Avenue • 510.642.3141

Unit 2

2650 Haste Street • 510.642.3143

Unit 3

2400 Durant Avenue • 510.642.5391

Martinez Commons

2520 Channing Way

New Sequoia

2441 Haste St., Berkeley, CA 94704

Garden Village

2201 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

What will parking be like on Move-In Day?

Please check parking information for Move-In for a campus map, general directions, and residence hall street addresses. There will be an increase in traffic volume and congestion during Move-In.

How do I get a parking permit?

Students are discouraged from bringing a car from campus. If a student brings a car to campus, he or she must contact Parking and Transportation about obtaining a parking permit.

How do I move my belongings?

The best way to get you and your belongings here is to have your parents or a friend bring you. Berkeley’s central location makes it accessible to most shipping companies. They vary in terms of what they will ship (electronics, bicycles, fragile items) and the maximum size and weight.

Some carriers will hold the items you ship for one or more days at a nominal charge. A few deliver directly to your hall. Be sure to allow time to arrange for getting your belongings from the shipping destination to your room. Reservations and/or prepayment may be required. Insurance may also be offered. Check what is available in your area.

We are unable to accept any packages arriving prior to move-in day, and we cannot allow shipping companies direct access to student spaces. You must be moved in and then give them access to your room following all guest guidelines.

As the parent (or relative, or friend) who assisted with moving in, can I spend the night in my student's residence hall?
No, you will need to stay at a hotel. Family members should make arrangements to stay in a hotel nearby the UC Berkeley campus, as they are not permitted to stay overnight with their students during move-in. See the Cal Rentals hotel list for more information. 


Are there any live-in staff members in the residence halls?

Each residence hall complex is coordinated by a Resident Director, a professional staff member who oversees the residential program in their living community. Each hall or area within the unit is staffed with well trained and enthusiastic student staff who serve as resident assistants, theme program advisors, program assistants, and security coordinators. See the staff directory for more information. They assist with the residents’ educational and social activities and help maintain community standards. The primary goal of the Residential & Sudent Service Programs staff is to facilitate the formation of a community that encourages academic success and cultural development of students living in the University residence halls and family housing. This purpose extends beyond merely providing basic needs such as food and shelter; it also encourages the development of active living and learning environments.

What kind of academic support is there for students?

Academic Services Centers exist in Units 1, 2, and 3; Foothill (Hillside, La Loma, and Stern); Clark Kerr Campus and Martinez Commons. Services provided by Academic Services Centers include tutoring, computing centers, faculty programs, courses, and advising. Also available are study strategies workshops, quiet study areas, learning resources and opportunities for student involvement. All computing centers have Macintosh and IBM/PC compatible computers running the latest software applications.

For additional Academic Services Center information, visit their website or call:

  • Unit 1
  • Unit 2 & Martinez Commons
  • Unit 3
  • Foothill and Stern
  • Clark Kerr Campus
How do I set up my internet connection in my room?

Wi-Fi access and in-room, wired connections are provided throughout the residence halls, supported by Residential Computing. 

AirBears2 is the recommended Wi-Fi network for students. To connect to AirBears2, you will first need to create a login key. Find instructions at 

To connect to the wired network, just plug your computer into an available Ethernet port and complete the short registration process with Residential Computing.

Residential Computing also provides direct technical support and troubleshooting to all residents and can help students with network or technical issues. For information about ResComp services and resources, check the ResComp welcome folder (distributed during Move-In) or ResComp staff will also be on site during Move-In for direct assistance to students.

What about safety and security in the residence halls?

We are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for students in the residence halls. The Residential Life Health and Safety webpage has details on the services described below, as well as additional tips for staying safe on campus.

There are Security Monitor Programs in place at Units 1, 2, and 3, Stern Hall, and Martinez Commons. Security Monitors are student staff who have been hired to work in the residence halls. Their main responsibilities include signing in guests and monitoring the safety of the buildings. UCPD Programs & Services the University of California Police Department offers a variety of campus programs and safety services.

BearWALK (Night Escort Service) is available to students by calling 642.WALK. Uniformed, radio-equipped and trained student employees of UCPD, Community Service Officers (CSOs), provide a walking escort to nearby residences, public transportation or parking facilities.

The Night Walking Routes on the central campus have been identified as the most frequented and well-lighted paths to use at night. Students and staff are strongly encouraged to use them and to walk with friends at night. A map showing these routes will be provided at check-in.

Night Safety Shuttles is a shuttle bus service which offers safe transport to and from campus during the evenings in the fall and fall semesters. The Night Safety Map with routes and stop locations will be available at check-in.

What is the telecom fee?

Most rooms have at least one active telephone jack connected to the University's telephone network where basic telephone service is provided. Active line connections provide emergency 911 access and communications during an emergency. A telecom service fee of $32 will be charged per semester to all residents living in University housing. This one-time charge each semester is billed to your CARS account. (The price is subject to change.)

The telecom fee for all students living at Clark Kerr Campus and Martinez Commons will be waived. There will be phone jacks in the student rooms; however, students will not be required to have them activated. Students who choose to have them activated may do so for a fee paid directly to AT&T. Standard AT&T residential rates will apply. There will be house (emergency) phones in the hallways or near student rooms for use in emergencies or to call on campus.

What is a Cal 1 Card?

The Cal 1 Card is your campus identification card, used for your meal plan, your library card, your debit card, and many other campus resources. The Cal 1 Card can also be used at off-campus resources as well. If you haven't already gotten your Cal 1 Card, you will need to get it after checking into your unit. For more information about your Cal 1 Card, please visit or email The Cal 1 Card Office is located at 180 Cesar Chavez Center, Lower Sproul Plaza. Hours of operations are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

How will I get my meals?

Your meal plan will be automatically loaded on your Cal 1 Card, which is your student identification card. For meal plan information, meal plan FAQs, locations, hours and menus, please visit our Questions? E-mail

What medical precautions do I need to take before I come to campus?

Each year many students lose valuable class time because of preventable illness. Before you come to Berkeley, there are a number of ways you can plan ahead to avoid or minimize illness. Hepatitis B vaccination is required as a condition of enrollment. The California State Legislature has mandated that first-time enrollees at the University of California who are under 19 years of age on August 26, 2015, provide proof of immunization against Hepatitis B as a condition of enrollment. The vaccine is a series of three doses. To assure compliance and protect your enrollment status, see "Hepatitis B" at and mail the form to the address indicated by the deadline listed online.

Update your other immunizations.

In addition to the standard pediatric immunization series and the Hepatitis B requirement explained above, the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the American College Health Association (ACHA) recommend:

  • MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) - two doses at least one month apart if born after 1956
  • Varicella (chicken pox) - two doses one month apart if you have never had chicken pox or if a blood test does not show immunity
  • Tetanus/diphtheria/acellular pertussis (Tdap) given as a single dose to replace the next booster dose of Tetanus/diptheria (Td) if the last dose of Td was >10 years earlier.
  • Meningococcal meningitis vaccine - ACHA and the ACIP recommend meningococcal vaccination for college freshmen living in dormitories, other high risk persons and those wishing to reduce their risk of meningococcal disease (see University Health Serviceds (UHS) for more information).

Plan for chronic conditions.

If you have a chronic medical condition such as diabetes, asthma or cancer, you may want to obtain a health summary from your recent health care provider(s) and bring it with you to campus. It will help the staff at UHS, located in the Tang Center, provide the best care possible. We recommend that you select a Tang Center Primary Care Provider and make an appointment soon after your arrival on campus to establish care and share this information.


Bring enough of your ongoing medications for the first month of school and a copy of your prescription. Plan ahead for refills.

Bring a first-aid kit, and make sure it includes a thermometer and ibuprofen or tylenol.

Know how your medical plan works.

Health insurance is a condition of enrollment for UC students. Cal students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), and charged the SHIP fee on the campus E-Bill, unless they show that they have comparable coverage through another plan. Students may waive enrollment in SHIP by completing an online waiver form by the deadline listed online. SHIP covers services at UHS as well as emergency room visits, hospitalization, mental health care and off campus specialty services. SHIP also includes dental coverage.

Students who do not have SHIP should carry their insurance card with them at all times, and have easy access to a summary of their plan's benefits.

All students may use UHS services, regardless of whether they have SHIP or another health plan.

For Insurance information call the Student Health Insurance Office at 510.642.5700.

To reach University Health Services, call 510.642.2000 (TTY/TDD for the hearing impaired at 510.643.1233).