Campus Housing for Academic Year 2021–22

Last updated: September 8, 2021

Living on campus includes many resources and services, available both in person and online, as well as some important rules that help support you and the campus community. Campus life is in full swing this year with lots of opportunities to connect with fellow students and get to know Berkeley. On this page, we'll share the expectations for living in campus housing for 2021-22.

Move-In 

The Move-In homepage has details on the Move-In process and health-related guidance. Students moving in to campus housing were required to be tested for COVID-19 on their Move-In day and comply with other specific guidance. Unvaccinated students were required to self-sequester in their room or apartment for seven days, regardless of Move-In COVID-19 test results. 

Health-Related Policies for Campus Housing Residents

UC Vaccine Mandate: Learn more about the UC-wide COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Face Coverings Required in Housing and Dining Facilities: Regardless of your vaccination status, you’re required to continue to wear a face covering indoors unless you are inside your room or apartment, brushing your teeth, taking a shower, or eating. You do not need to wear a face covering when inside your room or apartment, regardless of your vaccination status. When in Cal Dining indoor dining facilities, you are required to wear a face covering unless you are eating or drinking.

Surveillance Testing: As of September 2021, vaccinated campus housing residents are required to get tested for COVID-19 at least once a month through University Health Services. Regular surveillance testing will enable us to proactively stay ahead of any clusters of positive cases. Unvaccinated students are required to get tested once per week. Please note that if you do not get tested before the deadline shown on your etang testing badge, your Campus Access Badge will no longer be green and you will not be in compliance with your testing requirements. Make testing appointments through eTang.

Green badge required for Cal Dining access: The City of Berkeley has implemented a new health order requiring proof of vaccinations for indoor dining and other activities. Beginning on September 10, patrons of Cal Dining dining halls will be required to show proof of vaccination at each visit if they wish to enter inside. You will need your campus access badge on your mobile device at each visit for Cal Dining showing that you are fully compliant with UCOP COVID-19 vaccination requirements (fully vaccinated, or approved exemption and surveillance test within the past week). Remember your Cal 1 Card or other photo ID as well! If a student does not have a green campus access badge, they will be able to obtain to-go food options outside of the dining hall, but will not be allowed to enter inside the dining hall. Visit the Cal Dining COVID-19 page for updates.

Symptomatic Testing: UC Berkeley students who are experiencing symptoms or have been in close contact with a positive case of COVID-19 should schedule a symptomatic COVID test on eTang or schedule a phone appointment with the UHS primary care team through eTang or by calling (510) 642-2000. You can also call the 24/7 UHS Advice Line at (510) 643-7197 if you are ill and are unsure if you need to be seen.

What If I test positive for COVID-19? If you test positive for COVID-19, the UHS COVID Response Team will contact you directly to determine your next steps. Learn more about contact tracing and isolation/quarantine for campus housing residents.

Some Common Spaces Temporarily Closed: Lounges and kitchenettes in residence halls are scheduled to reopen on September 3, and Academic Study Centers on Ocrtober 1. Gyms in residence halls may remain closed for a longer time; instead, you are encouraged to use the Recreational Sports Facility (RSF). Water fountains are closed, but refill stations for water bottles are open.

Respect Privacy Around Vaccination: Keep in mind that vaccination status is a private health matter for every individual. Please do not ask other students about their vaccination status. Like other health-related information, vaccination status is private and confidential. Additionally, you may not request to change your roommate due to their vaccination status. You can learn more from UHS about vaccines.

Where to go for help

  • Call the 24/7 UHS Advice Line at (510) 643-7197 if you are ill and are unsure if you need to be seen.

  • Cal Housing: Email reshall@berkeley.edu or call (510) 642-4108 for questions involving your housing contract or housing assignment.

  • Your RD (Resident Director) or RA (Resident Assistant): Questions involving rules and requirements in your housing unit, roommate conflict, etc.

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.