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How to Apply for Housing

All campus housing applications are handled through our Housing Application portal.

Apply for Housing

On average, students are offered housing three weeks to one month after the application deadline. Contracts are sent via email, so make sure your email address is up to date on your Cal Central profile. Continuing students apply first, followed by new freshman (along with Fall Program for Freshmen students), and new transfer students. On average, students are offered housing a month or so after the application deadline.

Newly Admitted Students: Freshmen, Fall Program for Freshmen, Transfer, and Graduate Students

After accepting your offer of admission, new students (undergraduate and graduate) must create their Berkeley campus identification (CalNet ID) before they can access the housing application portal. Students applying for family housing should apply using their CalNet ID whenever possible.

For a guide to the housing application process for undergraduates, see: How to Apply: New Students

Continuing Students

Continuing students who apply for housing by the deadline are assigned a random lottery number. The Assignments Office uses these lottery numbers in conjunction with the student's top five preferences to assign spaces to applicants. If your first choice is unavailable, we will look at your second, third, etc. Remember, in order to broaden your chances of receiving a housing offer, you will need to agree to consider an offer that is not among your top five preferences.

Berkeley Housing offers “Room Draw,” or self room-selection, for continuing students. Students interested in Room Draw must apply for housing online. Once you have accepted the offer from the Assignments Office, you will receive a self room-selection time slot. In late April, you can select your room online through the Housing portal.

More details related to applying for housing as a continuing student - including how to select a roommate - are covered in our Continuing Student FAQs.

Students with Families

Students applying for family housing should apply using their CalNet ID whenever possible.

Note: Family housing applicants who have not yet received CalNet credentials will need to self register. Students applying for family housing should apply using their CalNet ID whenever possible.

New Tenured and Tenure-Track UC Berkeley Faculty

Applicants need to create an account through a self-register process. 

Learn more:

How to Apply: New Students

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