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Campus Housing for Academic Year 2021–22

Last updated: March 3, 2022

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.

Latest Updates on Masks

Face masks are strongly recommended — but not required —  indoors on campus for fully vaccinated individuals. (See campus statement.) This change applies the UC Berkeley campus as a whole, including those in campus housing and dining establishments.

If you are not fully vaccinated, masks ontinue to be required indoors unless you are alone inside your room or apartment, brushing your teeth, taking a shower, or eating. In order to be considered fully vaccinated, you must have received your primary series of COVID-19 vaccines as well as the COVID-19 vaccine booster if eligible. Masks are optional for everyone outdoors.

There is no longer any public health recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control, the California Department of Public Health or local public health authorities to mandate masks in higher education settings. But all three strongly recommend that individuals continue to wear masks indoors based upon current conditions. Throughout the pandemic, the campus has prioritized alignment with public health guidance and continues to do so.

We know that some residents have been eagerly waiting for the above announcements and are ready to unmask immediately. There are also residents who are not comfortable with the decision to unmask. We want all residents and staff to feel comfortable in their living environment, so please respect and support others in their decisions. 

Keep in mind that residents and staff have different health circumstances and different comfort levels with unmasking. We ask residents to respect the fact that moving forward some residents and staff members will choose to unmask, while others will continue to wear a mask. We want to make sure we support all of them in their respective decisions.

We highly recommend that residents wear masks when interacting with staff.

If you are at all uncomfortable with unmasking, we recommend that you continue to use a mask as you have in the past. KN95, KF94, N95, or combination of surgical and cloth masks offer the greatest protection.

Communicate with your roommate(s) 

If you are concerned about unmasking, we recommend that you have an honest conversation with your roommate(s). You could, for example, ask that your roommate and guests continue to use masks for your shared spaces. You can also update your roommate agreement (found in RoomPact) at any time during the year; the agreement can include a wide variety of issues, including preferences on things like masking. We ask that you be kind, accepting, and respectful as we navigate this next phase of the pandemic. COVID-19 Testing 

Testing Policies

For those who are fully vaccinated and boosted or vaccinated but not yet eligible for a booster, regular surveillance testing is no longer required and the testing badge will be set to the color “blue” to reflect that no testing is required for campus access.  For those that are not fully vaccinated, or booster eligible but not yet boosted, or who have an approved exemption, weekly surveillance testing is required and the testing badge will be “green” to reflect being current with the weekly testing requirement for campus access. 

Other Health-Related Policies 

UC Vaccine + Booster Mandate: Students are required to be vaccinated; Learn more about the UC-wide COVID-19 vaccine mandate. In addition, students are required to get a booster no later than the start of instruction on Jan. 18 (or by the first day you are on campus if you will be on campus before Jan. 18). Please review the instructions for how to update your vaccination record in eTang with your booster information. 

It is important that you understand that public health quarantine and isolation requirements are now more stringent for those who have not received their boosters. What this means:  Failing to get your booster could result in you being quarantined after exposure to a positive case — even though other people who are exposed to the same positive case are not required to quarantine.  You will also be required to get weekly testing, and most importantly, not getting boosted (if you are eligible) puts you at significantly greater risk of severe disease. Learn more about the vaccine and booster requirements.

Cal Dining Guidance: 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 in a UHS PCR Lab Test? If you test positive for COVID-19 through a UHS PCR lab test, the UHS COVID Response Team will contact you directly to determine your next steps. The COVID Response Team may determine that you need to be moved to our dedicated isolation/quarantine housing space; if this occurs, we will attempt to move you the same day. If you test positive in the evening, it may not be possible to arrange for you to move to isolation housing until the following day. In this case, you and your roommate(s) should continue wearing masks at all times, ventilate your room/apartment, and maintain as much distance as possible. Learn more about contact tracing and isolation/quarantine for campus housing residents.

What if I test positive for COVID-19 with a rapid test or a test at a non-UHS testing site?  Please send a message through the eTang portal to the COVID response team with the date of the positive test and upload the test result. The COVID Response Team may determine that you need to be moved to our dedicated isolation/quarantine housing space; if this occurs, we will attempt to move you the same day. If you test positive in the evening, it may not be possible to arrange for you to move to isolation housing until the following day. In this case, you and your roommate(s) should continue wearing masks at all times, ventilate your room/apartment, and maintain as much distance as possible. Learn more about contact tracing and isolation/quarantine for campus housing residents.

What if my roommate tests positive? If your roommate tests positive through a rapid test or external test, they should send a message through the eTang portal to the COVID response team with the date of the positive test and upload the test result. Both you and your roommate should continue wearing masks at all times, ventilate your room/apartment as much as you can, and maintain as much distance as possible. Following assessment by the UHS COVID Response team, your roommate will most likely be moved to our dedicated isolation/quarantine housing space. If your roommate tests positive in the evening, it may not be possible to arrange for them to move to isolation housing until the following day. In this case, you and your roommate(s) should continue wearing masks at all times within and outside of your own room, ventilate your room/apartment, and maintain as much distance as possible.

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.