Family Student Housing Renewal FAQs

What is the Family Student Housing portal upgrade?

The upgrade of the Family Student Housing (FSH) database on the UC Berkeley Housing portal is needed to align with Campus Solutions’ Academic term-based system. The upgrade includes a rental agreement renewal process and offers more online options for UVA residents including the ability to purchase renters insurance from a UC-approved vendor. Future upgrades will make the housing portal more compatible with hand-held mobile devices.

I am a UVA resident, why am I being asked to renew my rental agreement?

The housing portal upgrade, which is aligned with the Campus Solutions Academic term-base, requires that all UVA residents* renew their rental agreements to be included in the upgraded database.

 * If you are graduating in the Spring 2018 Semester of Summer 2018 Session you will not be renewing your rental agreement.

I am a postdoc and UVA resident. Do I need to renew my rental agreement?

No. As a postdoc, your housing account is not integrated with the student Campus Solutions SIS and so there is no need for you to renew your housing rental agreement.

Do I need to pay a housing application fee, new security deposit or first month’s rent to renew my rental agreement?

No housing application fee, security deposit or first month’s rent is required to renew your rental agreement on the UC Berkeley Housing portal.

What is the process for renewing my rental agreement?

There are two phases to renew on the housing portal: portal.housing.berkeley.edu

PHASE ONE OF FSH RENEWAL PROCESS (February 26 - March 20, 2018)

Use your Calnet credentials to renew your rental agreement on the UC Berkeley Housing Portal: portal.housing.berkeley.edu no later than 5:00 pm Friday March 16, 2018.
Family members: If there are new family members to add to the rental agreement they will be added to the application and if there are family members who have moved out they will be removed from the application.

All renewal applications will be reviewed to ensure FSH housing eligibility, as stated in the rental agreement.

PHASE TWO OF FSH RENEWAL PROCESS (April 2 - April 13, 2018)

Residents whose applications have been reviewed and meet FSH housing eligibility will be notified to return to the housing portal to complete the rental agreement renewal steps and to choose whether or not to opt into GradGuard renters insurance. 

Is there a step by step guide to help me with the FSH rental renewal?

Yes. Please send an email to the Family Student Housing office at apts@berkeley.edu to request a step-by-step guide.

Why do I have to select my housing preference, such as West Village 2 bed/ 1 bath, since I am renewing the rental agreement for my current apartment?

In order to migrate all FSH accounts to the upgraded housing database, this information is required.

What if I am graduating in May 2018? Do I need to renew my rental agreement?

Congratulations on your graduation. You will not apply for the housing for the 2018-19 term.  Please email Family Student Housing at apts@berkeley.edu by March 16, 2018 and we will provide you with information regarding submitting the intent to vacate notice. 

What if I am graduating or filing my doctoral dissertation in August 2018? Do I have to renew my rental agreement?

Congratulations on your graduation. You will not apply for the housing for the 2018-19 term.  Please email Family Student Housing at apts@berkeley.edu by March 16, 2018 and we will provide you with information regarding submitting the intent to vacate notice.

Can I learn more about GradGuard the UC-approved vendor insurance that will be available as an opt in option on the housing portal?

Yes. For pricing and coverage details, please visit gradguard.com and in the search box on the home page enter University of California Berkeley.  

Features include:

• Low deductibles

• Replacement cost coverage: lost or stolen items will be covered for the cost to replace them

• Worldwide coverage

• Electronics coverage, up to the policy limits

Will this renewal happen every year?

Yes. The FSH renewal process will be implemented annually each Spring.