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Housing Updates for 2020-21 and COVID-19 Response

Welcome to UC Berkeley!

student moving in to the residence halls on move-in day wearing a face mask
Photo by Brittany Hosea-Small

We’re excited that you’ll be living on campus, and we look forward to sharing all the details you will need as you transition into Berkeley life. Please refer to the housing portal for your room assignment and residence hall contract information. 

Move-In for Current Residents: January 14, 2021

After winter break, students already living in campus residence halls may return to their residence hall anytime after 9 a.m. on January 14, 2021. Self-sequestering works best when residents begin sequestering at the same time, so we advise that you return on January 14 if possible. 

Be aware that several hundred new housing residents will also be moving in on January 13-14 from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., so all housing areas will be very busy. Unloading areas, moving bins, elevators and test sites will be prioritized on these days for our new spring residents.  In order to help us to maintain low density and physical distancing, please avoid using the unloading areas on January 14 (use nearby campus garages instead) and please be as efficient as possible with your return so that new students are able to test, unload and move in to their housing during their established appointment times. You are limited to no more than two helpers, and they need to leave the residential areas as soon as you have completed your move. 

If you arrive later than January 14, you are expected to begin your testing and 10-day self-sequestering period immediately upon your return. Note that, if you arrive later than January 14, you must continue self-sequestering even if other members of your residential household grouping have completed their self-sequestering period.

Returning residents will be required to test on the first day UHS testing sites are open after your arrival, and then resume your twice-weekly surveillance testing routine. Please schedule your first COVID test via eTang in advance. You will also be expected to self-sequester for ten days upon arrival and await two negative test results before resuming normal activity. More details on Move-In will be provided via email.

Move-In for New Residents: January 13-14, 2021

Students moving into campus residence halls or apartments for the first time will be assigned a move-in date of either January 13 or 14.  They will need to select a one-hour timeslot on their assigned day during which they should complete their move.

In order to receive your key at Move in, you will first be required to take a COVID-19 test through University Health Services and show proof that you have taken the test. Please plan to arrive at least one hour before your Move-in time slot so that you can complete your testing first. Testing time is about 20 minutes from check-in to the test completion. You must sign up in advance for a testing appointment through eTang. On Move-in day, you may get tested at either of the two UHS surveillance testing locations: Rec Sports Facility (RSF) in the large Field House and Memorial Stadium (Gate 5 area of the Field Club) between 8am-5pm.  To be cleared for your move-in, you will need to show on your mobile phone that your "badge" on the eTang portal is green (cleared) and once you check-in for your testing appointment, your badge will turn green.  If you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days, you will need to follow a different process to be cleared for move-in.  Please send an email to telltang@berkeley.edu for instructions in this case. For more information, please visit the University Health Services Campus Surveillance Testing page.

Once you move in, you will be required to self-sequester for ten days beginning the evening of your Move-in day. Sequestering is a preventative measure where people intentionally restrict their movement to avoid physical contact with others. During the sequester period, students will remain within their living area as much as possible, but of course may leave their rooms to use the restroom, receive essential services, and get solo outdoor exercise. Cal Dining meals will be provided on a to-go basis during the sequester period. (Indoor dining will only be permitted when public health guidelines allow.)  For further information about the campus’ COVID-19 response, please visit coronavirus.berkeley.edu

Seven days after you moved into your residence hall or apartment, you will be tested a second time through University Health Services. After receiving the results of this test, your sequestering period is over, and you’ll begin a a cycle of twice-weekly regular testing. You will not be charged for campus testing.

You may have up to two helpers on Move-in day, but your helpers must depart after your one-hour Move-in time slot. After Move-in, no guests from outside your residential household grouping are allowed.

More details on Move-In will be provided via email.

Before Your Move-In Day

  • Review the Checklist of what to bring (and what not to bring).
  • Check the My Room section for more information about green living, technology, renters insurance, and more. 
  • See Offers to take advantage of deals and discounts exclusive to Berkeley students.

Room numbers will be available when you arrive on campus. If you need to show proof of your housing contract to a campus office, please refer to your contract confirmation page in the housing portal.

When Planning Your Move In 

Some recommendations and resources to plan your move-in day:

  • Be on time for your time slot. In order for the campus testing and self-sequestering plan to meet local and state public safety requirements, everyone in the residence hall building must begin sequestering at the same time. If you miss your time slot, you will likely be asked to self-sequester in another housing unit. If this happens, you may spend the sequestering period in designated isolation housing and/or be reassigned to a building that has not begun sequestering. 
  • If you will be arriving from out of town, consider coming a day early and finding local accommodations for the night.
  • If you will be using public transportation, seek to schedule your ride, buy tickets, and/or plan your route ahead of time. Be aware that some public transit systems may have adjusted hours and routes, so you may wish to call ahead to confirm. See the Parking & Directions page on our website for local transportation options.
  • If you will be using a delivery service to ship your belongings, please contact your housing unit (Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3, Blackwell, Clark Kerr, Martinez Commons) for information about where items can be dropped off and be sure to coordinate with any storage company in advance. Have a plan for moving items into your room, as only you and your two helpers will be able to access your residence.
  • If your family and loved ones will be on campus, plan to spend your time together outside of your housing unit. This creates space for other students moving in. At the end of your move-in day, only residents and staff will be allowed access to your building.

What to Expect On Your Move-in Day

For questions on move-in days, call the hotline at 510.642.4108.

For January 2021 Move In, it’s advised that you arrive at least one hour before your move-in time slot. If you are moving into a residence hall, you will first need to be tested for COVID-19, then take your confirmation of testing to your housing unit for check in.

At the beginning of your Move-in time slot, you will be able to check in at the central courtyard or main entrance of your housing unit. (If you live in an apartment, please check your email for details about how to check in.) Members of Cal Housing will be at your residence hall to greet you and help with the check-in process.

During Move In, you can also expect:

  • Waiting lines on and around campus will be tightly directed in order to adhere to physical distancing requirements and other precautions for public health. Please pay attention to posted signs.
  • Only students will be allowed in testing and check-in lines. Family and friends will need to wait for the student away from the lines.
  • Testing will be provided on or near the campus, and you will need to show proof that you have taken a UC Berkeley COVID-19 test before you can move into your unit. 
  • During your time slot, you may have two friends or family members help you move in. You will need to choose two unique helpers to assist you during your move-in time slot. Having only two visitors per student limits foot traffic as a preventative health measure.  
  • To minimize prolonged contact in housing units, elevators will be limited to one family at a time. When using stairs, yield to the party traveling downstairs. Face coverings that cover the nose and mouth will be required inside and outside buildings.
  • To assist you in your travel plans, visit the parking and directions for Move-In page for a campus map, general directions, and street addresses.
  • After the last move-in time slot for your building, only residents and staff will be allowed access. Sequestering for your building will begin at the end of your move-in day, so we will ask helpers and loved ones to depart campus at that time.

What to Bring on Your Move-in Day

  • A valid (i.e. not expired) government-issued photo ID (e.g., State ID, Driver's License, or passport) which is required in order to obtain your room key, Cal 1 Card student ID, and AC Transit EasyPass Clipper transit card. 
    • If you don't yet have (or have lost) the required government-issued photo ID, your high school or college ID will allow you to obtain your key, Cal 1 Card student ID, and AC Transit EasyPass Clipper transit card after an electronic form is submitted on your behalf by check-in staff to the Office of the Registrar. This will result in a temporary block placed on your future registration status and require that you present a government-issued photo ID ASAP at the Office of the Registrar in order to remove this temporary block. 
    • If you don't have a valid government-issued ID or school ID, the same electronic form is submitted on your behalf by check-in staff to the Office of the Registrar but there will be additional identity verification information that you will have to provide. This will also result in a temporary block placed on your future registration status and require that you present a government-issued photo ID ASAP at the Office of the Registrar in order to remove this temporary block.   
  • Your own dolly or hand-truck for a quicker move in—you may have to wait a while to use one of our moving carts.
  • A face covering that covers both the nose and mouth, for you and everyone with you. Face coverings must be worn at all times outside your bedroom and are also required within the city of Berkeley. 

Join Your Class Facebook group

We invite you to join your class’ UC Berkeley Facebook group as a way to get to know your community of peers: 

Class of 2024 Facebook group | Class of 2022 Facebook group

Move-In FAQs

Please visit the Move-In FAQS page for more information.

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