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Housing Updates for 2020-21 and COVID-19 Response

Move-In FAQs

This page will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.

Page last updated August 25, 2020.

How do I schedule my Move-in COVID test and my follow-up COVID test?

Please visit the University Health Services Move-in COVID-19 testing page. As of Tuesday, Aug. 25, residents are encouraged to schedule their follow-up test through University Health Services. Schedule your test for a date one week after your Move-in day. You must remain sequestered until the results of your test have been confirmed.

For residence hall check in, will you accept COVID-19 tests from another testing site (like the Innovative Genomics Institute)?

You are required to take a UC Berkeley COVID-19 test offered through University Health Services on your Move-in Day, one to two hours prior to your Move-in time slot. After you have been tested, you will receive a UC Berkeley testing confirmation slip that you will need in order to check into your housing unit. Tests offered through other organizations, including the Innovative Genomics Institute, will not be accepted. 

An advance appointment for COVID-19 testing is required. If you haven’t already done so, please make your appointment now through University Health Services. Pick a time 1–2 hours before your Move-in time slot.

When may I move in?

For housing contracts beginning in fall 2020, you have a designated move-in day that is determined by your housing assignment. Move In for campus housing will occur from August 20–23 and each building will have a specified move-in day. You will need to select a one-hour time slot for your move-in day.

For August Move-In only: How do I select my Move-In time slot?

To select your Move-In time slot, please log in to the housing portal.

Students were sent instructions on how to sign up for a Move-In time slot via email.

We encourage you to select a time slot as soon as possible. In situations when there are a high volume of users attempting to access the portal at the same time, there may be some delays.

If you have any questions, please contact the Housing Office at 510.642.4108 or at reshall@berkeley.edu.

May I move in on a different day?

While we traditionally can accommodate different arrival days, due to public health and safety measures for campus housing in 2020, you will need to move-in on your assigned day and during your chosen time slot.

Where do I go on my Move-In day?

For August 2020 Move In, it’s advised that you arrive at least two hours before your move-in time slot so that you can get tested through the campus’ COVID-19 testing program. If you’re in a residence hall, you will need to take your proof of testing for COVID-19 with you to check in at your unit. If you are moving into an apartment, we advise that you also get tested immediately when you arrive, but you will be able to check in at your unit before being tested.

When you arrive on campus, go to the University Health Services COVID-19 Move-in testing station at the time of your scheduled appointment. The testing station will be located outdoors in the Bancroft/Fulton parking lot (next to the Legends Aquatic Center) and will be open 8:30am–4:30pm on Move-in days.

Street addresses for residence halls and apartments:

  • Unit 1 - 2650 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720
  • Unit 2 - 2650 Haste Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720
  • Unit 3 - 2400 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720
  • Blackwell Hall - 2401 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
  • Channing-Bowditch - 2535 Channing Way, Berkeley 94720 (Go to the Maximino Martinez Commons to check in.)
  • Clark Kerr - 2601 Warring Street, Berkeley, CA 94720
  • Enclave Apartments - 2503 Haste St, Berkeley, CA 94704
  • Garden Village - 2201 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
  • Maximino Martinez Commons - 2520 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720
  • New Sequoia - 2441 Haste Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
  • Panoramic Berkeley - 2539 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
  • Shattuck Studios - 2711 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705
  • Wada Apartments - 2650 Haste Street, Berkeley, CA 94720
What will parking be like?

During Move In, it’s recommended that you park on the street or in a university parking lot. You will need to follow instructions to pay for parking in accordance with any parking meter or garage charges for the day and time that you arrive. Please check the parking and directions during Move-In web page for parking locations, maps of designated loading zones, and additional information. Note that after you unload, you will need to move your vehicle to the street or a parking lot.

For August Move-In only: What if I arrive after my move-in time slot?

For August 2020, we’ll ask all students to respect their chosen time slot when moving in, as only a limited number of people can be allowed in each residence at a 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. In normal circumstances, we are able to accommodate some time slot adjustments, but during the pandemic, we must adhere to a strict schedule for testing and self-sequestering in order to meet local and state public safety requirements.

How do I get a parking permit for the semester or year?

Students are discouraged from bringing a car to campus. If a student brings a car to campus, he or she must contact Parking and Transportation about obtaining a parking permit.

How do I move my belongings?

The best way to get you and your belongings to your room is to bring them yourself, with the help of up to two family members or supporters. Berkeley’s central location makes it accessible to most shipping companies. Contact companies ahead of time to confirm any service changes due to COVID-19 and to check what items they will ship (e.g., electronics, bicycles, fragile items) and the maximum size and weight for packages. 

Some carriers will hold the items you ship for one or more days at a nominal charge. A few deliver directly to your hall. 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. Coordinate with storage companies in advance and be sure to allow time to arrange for moving your belongings from the shipping destination to your room. Reservations and/or prepayment may be required. Insurance may also be offered. Check what is available in your area.

Have a plan for moving items into your room, as only you and your two helpers will be able to access your residence. We are unable to accept any packages arriving prior to your move-in day, and we cannot allow shipping companies direct access to student spaces. Note that your two helpers must be the same two people.

Can I have more than two helpers if there are only two people with me in the building at a time?

You will need to choose two unique helpers to assist you during your move-in time slot, and only those two people will have access to your building. The two-helper limit will help reduce the number of unique visitors who will cross paths inside housing units. This is a preventative health measure like the requirement for everyone to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth.

As the parent (or relative, or friend) who assisted with moving in, can I spend the night in my student's residence hall?

No, you will need to stay at a hotel or other local accommodation. Family members and other supporters are not permitted to stay overnight in campus housing. Berkeley’s visitor bureau, Visit Berkeley, provides a list of local hotel options, the majority of which are California Hotel and Lodging Association “Clean and Safe Certified”, and available for those who need a clean and convenient space to stay while their students move in. Also, see the Cal Rentals hotel list.

What's in my room?

Please see the My Room webpage for current details. 

Rooms are furnished with extra-long twin single beds and/or bunk beds, desks, chairs, and drawer space for each student. They also include closets, mirrors, wastebaskets, bookshelves, general lighting, and curtains.

New Sequoia private rooms in apartment may have Full XL size beds.

What will I need for my room?

Review the Move-In Checklist for a full list of what to bring, and what not to bring. Also, if you bring your own hand truck, your move will be easier.

Please note: Due to safety concerns, halogen lights are not permitted.

Housekeeping services are provided in common areas only. We do not clean your room during the semester. A vacuum is available for use in your room, and you are encouraged to bring a few cleaning supplies like a spray cleaner and sponge.

May I bring my own refrigerator and/or microwave?

No, personal microwaves and refrigerators are not allowed in residence hall rooms. For 2020–21, residence hall rooms will include a MicroChill refrigerator and microwave combination in each room; the combination appliances are provided because meals will be initially served on a to-go basis. Most residence hall contracts include an “Equipment Fee” of $80 for the use of the Microchill unit. (Blackwell Hall residents will not pay the added fee, as the cost of these appliances were already incorporated into their rates.)  The fee is included in our Living in a Residence Hall Financial Aid budget.

Are there any live-in staff members in the residence halls?

Each residence hall complex is coordinated by a Resident Director, a professional staff member who oversees the residential program in their living community. Each hall or area within the Unit is staffed with well-trained and enthusiastic student staff who serve as resident assistants, theme program advisors, program assistants, and security coordinators. See the staff directory for more information. They assist with the residents’ educational and social activities and help maintain community standards. The primary goal of the Residential & Student Service Programs staff is to facilitate the formation of a community that encourages academic success and cultural development of students living in the University residence halls and family housing. This purpose extends beyond merely providing basic needs such as food and shelter; it also encourages the development of active living and learning environments.

What about safety and security in the residence halls?

We are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for students in the residence halls. The Residential Life Health and Safety webpage has details on the services described below, as well as additional tips for staying safe on campus.

The Security Monitor Program is in place at Units 1, 2, and 3 and Martinez Commons. Security Monitors are student staff who have been hired to work in the residence halls. Their main responsibilities include assisting with the safety of the buildings at night and being a resource to residents. Clark Kerr and Foothill (including Stern) are monitored by the UCPD CSO program and have stations at both locations.

BearWALK (Night Safety Escort Service) is available to students by calling 642.WALK or visiting BearWalk.berkeley.edu. BearWALK provides student Community Service Officers (CSOs) in CSO uniforms, fully trained and equipped with radios, who are available to provide a walking escort to nearby residences, public transportation or parking facilities.  For hours of operation, visit: https://nightsafety.berkeley.edu/.

The Night Walking Routes on the central campus have been identified as the most frequented and well-lighted paths to use at night. Students and staff are strongly encouraged to use them and to walk with friends at night. A map showing these routes will be provided at check-in.

What kind of academic support is there for students?

Academic Services Centers exist in Units 1, 2, and 3; Foothill (this location is closed for fall 2020); Clark Kerr Campus and Martinez Commons. Services provided by Academic Services Centers include tutoring, computing centers, faculty programs, courses, and advising. Also available are study strategies workshops, quiet study areas, learning resources and opportunities for student involvement. All computing centers have Macintosh and IBM/PC compatible computers running the latest software applications. Academic Services Centers will be closed during sequestration, but will be reopened at reduced occupancy afterward. 

For additional Academic Services Center information, visit their website.

What is a Cal 1 Card?

The Cal 1 Card is your campus identification card, used for your meal plan, your library card, your debit card, and many other campus resources. The Cal 1 Card can also be used at off-campus resources as well. To get your Cal 1 Card, bring a valid (i.e. not expired) government-issued photo ID (e.g., State ID, Driver's License, or passport) on your move-in day. For more information about your Cal 1 Card, please visit cal1card.berkeley.edu or email cal1card@berkeley.edu.

How will I get my meals?

A standard meal plan (Blue Plan) is included in your room and board. At the beginning of the semester, meals will be offered on a to-go basis. Your Cal 1 Card will be automatically loaded on your meal plan, which is your student identification card.

Visit caldining.berkeley.edu or contact dining@berkeley.edu for meal plan information, locations, hours and menus.

During the self-sequester period, will I have enough to eat if I have the Blue Plan?

During the self-sequester period, all students in residence halls will receive breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays, and brunch and dinner on weekends.

How do I set up my internet connection in my room?

Wi-Fi access and in-room, wired connections are provided throughout the residence halls, supported by Student Technology Services.

AirBears2 is the recommended Wi-Fi network for students. To connect to AirBears2, you will first need to create a login key. Find instructions at airbears.berkeley.edu.

If you require an Ethernet (wired) network port, you can submit a request to activate a port in your room. See the Technology & Service page for information on how to submit a request with Student Technology Services.

Student Technology Services also provides direct technical support and troubleshooting to all residents and can help students with network or technical issues. For information about Student Technology Services and resources, check the Student Technology Services welcome folder (distributed during Move-In) or studenttech.berkeley.edu.

What medical precautions do I need to take before I come to campus?

We ask that you and your helpers try to self-isolate for seven days prior to your Move-In date, in order to reduce the possibility of spreading infection. See the Housing for Academic Year 2020–21 and COVID-19 Response web page for information about on campus precautions.  Students in residence halls will be required to take part in the campus’ COVID-19 testing program and agree to self-sequester for 7–10 days when they arrive. 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.

Each year many students lose valuable class time because of preventable illness. Before you come to Berkeley, there are a number of ways you can plan ahead to avoid or minimize illness. Hepatitis B vaccination is required as a condition of enrollment. The California State Legislature has mandated that first-time enrollees at the University of California who are under 19 years of age on August 26, 2015, provide proof of immunization against Hepatitis B as a condition of enrollment. The vaccine is a series of three doses. To assure compliance and protect your enrollment status, see "Hepatitis B" at uhs.berkeley.edu/students/immunization/hepatitisb.shtml and mail the form to the address indicated by the deadline listed online.

Update your other immunizations.

In addition to the standard pediatric immunization series and the Hepatitis B requirement explained above, the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the American College Health Association (ACHA) recommend:

  • MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) - two doses at least one month apart if born after 1956
  • Varicella (chicken pox) - two doses one month apart if you have never had chicken pox or if a blood test does not show immunity
  • Tetanus/diphtheria/acellular pertussis (Tdap) given as a single dose to replace the next booster dose of Tetanus/diphtheria (Td) if the last dose of Td was >10 years earlier.
  • Meningococcal meningitis vaccine - ACHA and the ACIP recommend meningococcal vaccination for college freshmen living in dormitories, other high risk persons and those wishing to reduce their risk of meningococcal disease (see University Health Services (UHS) for more information).

Plan for chronic conditions.

If you have a chronic medical condition such as diabetes, asthma or cancer, you may want to obtain a health summary from your recent health care provider(s) and bring it with you to campus. It will help the staff at UHS, located in the Tang Center, provide the best care possible. We recommend that you select a Tang Center Primary Care Provider and make an appointment soon after your arrival on campus to establish care and share this information.


Bring enough of your ongoing medications for the first month of school and a copy of your prescription. Plan ahead for refills.

Bring a first-aid kit, and make sure it includes a thermometer and ibuprofen or Tylenol.

Know how your medical plan works.

Health insurance is a condition of enrollment for UC students. Cal students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), and charged the SHIP fee on the campus E-Bill, unless they show that they have comparable coverage through another plan. Students may waive enrollment in SHIP by completing an online waiver form by the deadline listed online. SHIP covers services at UHS as well as emergency room visits, hospitalization, mental health care and off campus specialty services. SHIP also includes dental coverage.

Students who do not have SHIP should carry their insurance card with them at all times, and have easy access to a summary of their plan's benefits.

All students may use UHS services, regardless of whether they have SHIP or another health plan.

For Insurance information call the Student Health Insurance Office at 510.642.5700.

To reach University Health Services, call 510.642.2000 (TTY/TDD for the hearing impaired at 510.643.1233).