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Campus Housing for Academic Year 2021–22

Last updated: January 12, 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.

Move-In

The Move-In homepage has details on the Move-In process and health-related guidance (now updated for Spring 2022 Move-In). This includes Move-In testing requirements for Spring 2022 and other arrival instructions.

Spring 2022 Updates

With the current surge of Omicron and increased travel and gatherings that took place over winter break, we are taking several precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our housing and campus community. If you have a meal plan, please note that, for at least the first two weeks, Cal Dining will offer all meals on a to-go basis only and with reduced service locations, hours and offerings. Face coverings (preferably a KN95, KF94, N95 or combination of surgical and cloth mask) are required in all indoor settings except when you are within your own apartment. 

Health-Related Policies for Campus Housing Residents

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 starting February 1st, 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.

Face Coverings Required in Housing and Dining Facilities: Regardless of your vaccination status, you’re required to continue to wear a face covering (preferably a KN95, KF94, N95, or combination of surgical and cloth mask) 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: Vaccinated campus housing residents are required to get tested (with a PCR lab test) for COVID-19 at least once a month through University Health Services. Unvaccinated students are required to get tested once a week. Regular surveillance testing enables us to proactively stay ahead of any clusters of positive cases. 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. For Spring 2022 Move-In, rapid tests were provided to campus housing residents for testing upon arrival.

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. Patrons of Cal Dining dining halls are 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 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.

Some Common Spaces Temporarily Closed: For at least the first two weeks of the spring semester, common areas such as lounges and kitchenettes in residence halls will be closed. 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.