Mills College - Mary Morse Hall

5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA 94613 l 510-642-4108 l

Housing hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday-Friday)

Mills College FAQs

Mary Morse Hall - Exterior

Mary Morse Hall is a historic traditional residence hall located at Mills College in Oakland. From its location atop Prospect Hill, students look out upon the Rhododendron Courtyard shared with Ethel Moore Hall. You enter the building through a beautiful living room with high ceilings, a favored gathering spot for Mary Morse residents.

UC Berkeley students will share the common spaces with Mills College students. This will be a great opportunity for students to engage in a cross-institutional and cross-discipline exchange.

  • All-gender bathrooms located in each wing
  • Undergraduate and graduate students
  • Approximately 95 residents
  • Main lounge on entry level
  • Two floors of double and single-occupancy rooms
  • Wireless internet access

 Special Features

  • Large stone fireplace in living room
  • Community sun room
  • Antique furnishings in some common areas
  • Computer lab
  • Recreation room

Room Summary

  • Mills College makes rooms available to students who are self-identified women as well as students assigned female at birth who do not fit into the gender binary.
  • Single and double rooms with hardwood or carpeted floors and a sink
  • Live-in paraprofessional staff
  • Two twin beds, desks, dressers, bookcases, and chairs
  • Academic-year contract

Other Features

  • Shuttle service to BART and the UC Berkeley campus: Mills College Shuttle Schedule 
  • In-building laundry facilities
  • Housekeeping services in shared restrooms and common areas
  • Parking is $60/year
  • Modified meal plan for Mills College and UC Berkeley

2018-19 Projected Rates

The rate for a Mills College housing contract is less than a comparable UCB housing assignment. The UC Berkeley double-room rate is $16,670 and single-room rate is $18,785 per academic year. Note: Mills College is considered on-campus housing for budgetary purposes with the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.

Mary Morse Hall - Interior

No Smoking Policy

Smoking is not allowed in any student residence, any campus building, or within thirty feet of building entrances, doors, or windows. Smoking of medical marijuana is not permitted on campus.

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Mills College FAQs:

What services and facilities at Mills College will UC Berkeley students be able to take advantage of?

UC Berkeley students residing at Mills will be issued Mills College ID cards that will grant them access to key-card access to the residence halls and will serve as their meal plan Points card. In addition, this card will give them access to many services on the Mills Campus. Services available include sports and recreation facilities, computer labs, the library, and the dining halls.

In addition to residential study areas, are there any other areas where UC Berkeley students can study on the Mills Campus?

UC Berkeley students will have access to the F.W. Olin Library for study during regularly scheduled hours. There also are select computer labs across campus that students will be able to access.

Are bathrooms single gender or all gender?

Restrooms in Mary Morse hall are multistalled bathrooms that are gender-inclusive/ all-gender bathrooms.

What utilities are included in the cost for a Mills room?

All gas, electric, water, and trash is covered in the cost of a residence hall. Students will have access to the Mills wireless network. Cable TV is provided in the Residence Hall recreation rooms. In addition, the cost of laundry is included in the housing fee.

Does Mills provide custodial services?

Commons areas, including bathrooms, will be cleaned daily by Mills College’s custodial staff. Students are responsible for cleaning their rooms.

I am concerned about safety; what kind of safety measures are present on the Mills campus?

Mills College is a closed campus; this means all visitors to campus must check in at the gatehouse before entering campus. Resident Assistants also conduct building walks to insure residents are safe, and they serve on an on-call rotation to respond to any incidents that may arise.

How does the meal plan work at Mills?

UCB students will receive a modified meal plan with access to dining at both Mills and UC Berkeley locations. Students in a Mills College contract will receive 1,000 meal points per semester to be used at Mills College, along with 600 meal points per semester to be used at UC Berkeley.

How does transportation to and from Mills and UC Berkeley work?

UC Berkeley and Mills College have an existing shuttle that drives students to and from campus. To check the shuttle schedule, please consult the Mills College Shuttle schedule.*  

UCB students may access the Mills shuttle by showing the driver their Mills College ID.  

Can I purchase a parking permit at Mills and bring a vehicle?

Yes, parking is available for students at Mills in the Richard’s lot or other commuter locations on campus for a $60 fee/year.  UCB students may contact the Mills Department of Public Safety to purchase a permit.


Students who are interested in driving to and from UC Berkeley's campus would also need to work with the UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation office to apply for and purchase a student parking permit.

How can residents receive mail at Mills?

Berkeley students qualify to receive a personal mailbox at the Mills Mail and Copy Center at Adams Plaza for the duration of their housing contract. Students can register for their mailbox with the Mail and Copy Center. Mail should be addressed as follows:

[Your Name]

PMB [Your PMB Number]

5000 MacArthur Boulevard

Oakland, CA 94613

Move-in Information
When can I move into my room?

New students will be able to move in to Mills College in mid-August to attend Golden Bear Orientation on Berkeley's campus. Continuing students will be able to move in starting when the fall term begins.

How do I get my key on move-in day?
Keys are issued at Sage Hall on the Mills campus. Specific details will be shared prior to move-in day. Students will need to bring a form of ID with them to pick up their key packets. 
How large are the residence hall rooms? Are they furnished?

One of the special features about the residences at Mills is that each room is unique. These are not cookie-cutter halls with identical rooms; each one is slightly different.

All rooms have a standard twin bed, desk, chair, small bookshelf, and dresser. Mills housing is spacious and charming.

What size linens will I need to bring?

All beds at Mills are standard twin size.