Campus Housing for Academic Year 2021–22

Last updated: July 16, 2021

Cal Housing looks forward to welcoming students to our campus residence halls and apartments in the 2021-22 academic year.

Vaccination and Arrival Guidelines

Like all students at UC Berkeley, students living in campus housing will be required to comply with the UC vaccine mandate, which includes a process for requesting an exemption (Medical Exemption, Disability Accommodation, or Religious Objection). We are strongly encouraging students to make every effort to be fully vaccinated before coming to campus in the fall. Learn more about COVID vaccine availability from UC Berkeley University Health Services (UHS). If you were vaccinated at a non-UC Berkeley vaccination site, please upload your vaccination information through the secure eTang portal as soon as you are able. You can learn more about the vaccine mandate, the exemption process, and more on the UHS vaccination requirement page. 

Please take note of the following key guidelines for arrival:

  • All students living in campus housing, whether fully vaccinated or not, will need to take a Move-In COVID-19 test prior to getting keys. This will be organized as part of your Move-in process. 
  • If you have not yet been fully vaccinated by the time you move in, you will be required to self-sequester in your room or apartment for 7 days (regardless of test results). This means you may leave your room only to pick up meals, engage in solo outdoor exercise, or receive urgent medical care. Stay masked whenever you leave your room. You may not attend in-person events (including Golden Bear Orientation) if you have not sequestered for 7 days first. 
  • Surveillance testing: If you have not yet been fully vaccinated, you will be required to get tested at least weekly at UHS until you are fully vaccinated. If you have been vaccinated, no regular survillance testing is required.

To learn more, review arrival guidelines for students from UHS. 

Move-In

Newly enrolled Berkeley students will be assigned a specific Move-In date between August 16 and August 18. Continuing students may move in beginning on August 22. Learn more about plans for Move-In.

FAQs

When is Move-In for Fall 2021?

For 2021-22, newly enrolled Berkeley students will be assigned a specific move-in date between August 16 and August 18, 2021. Continuing students may move in beginning on August 22. Your move-in day is determined by your housing assignment. You will receive an email notifying you that you need to select a one-hour time slot for your move-in day. Please note that you must move in on your appointed day (neither earlier nor later), and you will only be able to choose a time slot on that day. Newly-enrolled freshmen will receive their specific move-in date via email before the end of June while newly-enrolled transfer students will receive their move-in date via email in mid-July. 

Is housing guaranteed for new incoming students?

No, we cannot guarantee housing. New incoming freshmen and some incoming transfer students do receive priority for campus housing if they meet all housing applications and deadlines. Most new students who applied to live on campus will receive a housing offer, however please be aware that demand for campus housing is higher than usual this year. Although we cannot ensure campus housing for the 2021–22 academic year, we will offer as many spaces as possible to students. 

Will there be a priority system?

In order to receive priority consideration, students must meet all housing application requirements and deadlines. Housing will be offered using the following priority order:

  • New incoming first year and some new incoming transfer students
  • Continuing students in the following groups:
    • Students in programs that provide a housing guarantee or mandate living on campus as a condition of their offer (Berkeley Hope Scholars, Fiat Lux Scholars, and Regents’ and Chancellor’s scholars)
    • Students with documented disabilities/need for housing accommodations
    • Most students with Estimated Financial Contribution at $0
    • Students admitted to theme programs and living-learning housing programs
    • Student Athletes
  •  Other continuing students

*Housing for incoming transfer students will be offered using the following priority order: 

  • Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholars
  • Students admitted to the Transfer Living Learning Community
  • Pell Grant recipients and first-generation students
  • Other transfer students
What are the application deadlines for 2021–22 housing?

In order to be considered for priority housing, you must apply by the deadlines below and meet all housing application requirements.

  • Continuing students: February 25, 2021
  • New Incoming Freshmen: May 2, 2021
  • New Incoming Transfers: June 2, 2021
I’m a continuing student—can I pick my roommate(s)?

We are not able to accommodate roommate requests at this time for continuing students. At a later date, if you and your desired roommate(s) receive continuing student housing offers, you may request a room change. We are unable to honor most roommate requests for continuing students because we are not currently certain what our overall approved occupancy for the 21-22 academic year, and because we need first to offer priority (based upon recommendations from a Chancellor’s task force) to the following groups who applied by the deadline:

  • Students in programs that provide a housing guarantee or mandate living on campus as a condition of their offer (Berkeley Hope Scholars, Fiat Lux Scholars, and Regents’ and Chancellor’s scholars)

  • Students with documented disabilities/need for housing accommodations

  • Most students with Estimated Financial Contribution at $0

  • Students admitted to theme programs and living-learning housing programs

  • Student Athletes 

As a new incoming student, can I request a roommate?

Yes, you may request a roommate in the housing application. We will do our best to honor your request but we are unable to guarantee your choice of roommate. We are not yet certain how roommate assignments for first year freshmen and transfers will work, but are optimistic that we will be able to pair first-year students with their requested roommates.

I'm an international student. How do I cancel my housing contract if I cannot get a nonimmigrant visa, or I’m impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions?

For international students, if you submit a cancellation form to reshall@berkeley.edu before August 1, 2021, we will cancel your housing contract with no cancellation fees and a full reversal of your advance payment 

Will I be required to be vaccinated to live on campus?

Yes, you will be required to comply with the UC vaccine mandate, which includes a process for requesting an exemption (Medical Exemption, Disability Accommodation, or Religious Objection). You are encouraged to get vaccinated prior to your arrival at Berkeley and to upload your medical records to eTang as soon as possible; however, if you are not able to do so, UHS will provide access to the vaccine in Berkeley upon your arrival. You can learn more about the vaccine mandate, the exemption process, and more on the UHS vaccination requirement page.