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Housing Updates for 2020-21 and COVID-19 Response

Campus Housing for Academic Year 2021–22

With UC Berkeley’s announcement of plans to return to primarily in-person instruction in fall 2021, Cal Housing looks forward to welcoming students to our campus residence halls and apartments in the coming year. 

 We currently anticipate being able to offer double-occupancy rooms in our residence halls, with a limited number of single rooms and some large triple rooms. This would be a significant increase in occupancy over the 2020–21 academic year, when all residence hall rooms (double, triple, quad) were converted to single rooms. However, occupancy levels are not yet confirmed and could be higher or lower, depending on public health guidance.

We anticipate that campus apartments will continue to operate at their normal capacity for 2021–22.

We know that for many students, living on campus is an important part of their UC Berkeley experience, and we ask for your patience as we continue to navigate this period of uncertainty. We are committed to adhering to public health guidance while also housing as many students as possible and providing updated information as quickly as possible.

We will update this website and send email communication to housing applicants as soon as there is new information available.

For Newly-Admitted Students

We can’t wait to welcome you to UC Berkeley! When you live on campus, you’ll make lifelong friends, find connections to community and support, and experience convenient access to all that the campus has to offer.

Under normal operations, we are able to offer housing to most newly-admitted freshmen and transfer students who apply. Although we cannot ensure campus housing for the 2021–22 academic year, we plan to offer housing to as many students as we can while adhering to public health guidance. Newly admitted freshmen students and some newly admitted transfer students will receive priority for campus housing as long as they meet all housing application requirements and deadlines; however, we cannot  guarantee an offer. Due to COVID-19, we may need to reduce occupancy in our residence halls, which means we may have fewer spaces available.

Continuing Students

We reserve the majority of our campus apartments, and some residence hall rooms, for continuing students. Continuing students were invited to apply for 2021–22 housing with a deadline of February 25, 2021. We anticipate sending out several rounds of offers during the spring semester. If you applied, you will receive an email each time we send out a round of offers.

For continuing students, priority will be given to students who applied by the deadline, and who belong to 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

FAQs

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
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, particiularly as we await confirmation of our expected occupancy levels. We are not yet certain how roommate assignments for first year freshmen/transfers will work, but are optimistic that we will be able to pair first year students with their requested roommates.

What if I'm an international student and must cancel my Housing Contract because I cannot obtain a nonimmigrant visa, or I am 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?

[updated April 22, 2021] The University of California is developing policies for UC campuses, and currently is encouraging vaccines for university communities while it reviews policy requirements. It expects a final policy will be ready by the start of the Fall 2021 term. Please continue to follow your Berkeley email messages, as they will contain important future updates on this matter.

Currently, you can see a student FAQ with more details on the University of California's proposed policy. In short, pending full approval of a COVID-19 vaccine by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and reasonable access to vaccine doses, the requirement to receive a COVID-19 vaccination would take effect for students who may access UC facilities or programs in person starting in the fall of 2021.