Welcome Newly Admitted Students
Welcome to Berkeley, newly admitted Golden Bears!
As you explore all that Berkeley has to offer, Cal Housing wants to offer a warm welcome to you and a digital introduction to your campus housing options.
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- Discover Valuable Academic Advantages
- Enjoy Simplicity and Convenience
- Connect with Community in Berkeley
Berkeley’s virtual open house, Cal Week, invites newly admitted undergraduate students and their families to discover campus, learn about our resources and meet members of the community in interactive ways online. During Cal Week (April 24-30, 2021), we’ll host sessions that provide an overview of your housing options, plus a live Q&A with our staff. Learn about residence halls, meal plans, and what's included when you live in campus housing. Register for Cal Week events through your admissions portal.
Freshman Presentation + Live Q&A:
Transfer Presentation + Live Q&A: April 29, 1pm-2pm
Family Student Housing: April 28 10-11am
Theme Programs: April 28, 1pm-2pm
Virtual Office Hours:
Berkeley’s living communities provide an inviting home where scholars create memories, share ideas, and grow alongside friends. If you’re transitioning to life at college, you can make the most of Berkeley’s world-class education by living on campus and alongside your peers. You’ll experience:
Learning happens everywhere, especially at Berkeley. Living on campus puts you in an energetic environment that encourages productivity and challenges you to be your best self.
- Connect with faculty members outside the classroom with Resident Faculty.
- Achieve your academic goals with invaluable on-site academic support and resources from Res Life.
- Discover on site, one-stop-shop Academic Centers with technical support, peer advising, tutoring, flexible study spaces, and a computer resource center with printers. Note: In-person resources have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, so Academic Centers are closed unless public health conditions allow.
As you live away from home in an unfamiliar environment, perhaps for the first time, there are many ways living on campus can make your transition to Berkeley easier. Plus with a short walk to classes, libraries, and countless student events, you’ll have more time for studying (and study breaks!).
Value and Convenience
- No large upfront deposit
- Financial aid awards can be applied to your housing costs
- Contracts are for the academic year (no year-long leases required)
- Payments are auto deducted from student account
- No credit checks or cosigning
- No extra expenses if a roommate leaves
- Easy to apply!
Housing Rates Include
- High speed Wi-Fi and Xfinity streaming TV
- Utilities: gas, electric, water, garbage, recycling, compost
- Flexible meal plans and on-site kitchens*
- Furnished rooms and living spaces
- On-site fitness centers and recreation rooms*
- Facilities and custodial staff
- Laundry centers, mail services, bike storage
- Professional live-in staff available 24/7
- Three tiers of secured entry & access for buildings
Dining That Fits Your Lifestyle
Cal Dining is ranked as one of the best dining programs in the country. Our chefs and dietitians take pride in what’s on your plate. You’ll find:
- Fresh, organic ingredients from local farms to your fork
- Innovative menus highlighting California’s diverse cultures and flavors
- Locations across campus to dine in*, or grab and go
- Vegan, kosher, halal, gluten-free, and allergen-safe choices
*In-person resources have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, so shared public areas are closed or have limited access as public health conditions allow.
Welcoming and inclusive spaces are an important part of campus housing. Living on campus provides a wonderful residential experience that connects you with the student community, helps you navigate life at Berkeley, and supports you as you find where you belong.
On-site activities create opportunities to make lifelong friends and explore new experiences. From movie nights to open mics, from late-night chats with your resident assistant to fireside chats with faculty in residence, you’ll find community right at your doorstep. Discover an energizing experience at Berkeley and the many other benefits offered by on-campus housing.
New students and undergraduates are invited to explore specialized living-learning environments, like Theme Programs (communities based on a shared identity or scholarly interest) and the Transfer Living and Learning Community.
Did you know? In the past five years, 96 percent of entering freshmen and over a quarter of entering transfer students have chosen university housing and the benefits that come with it.
Visit our Video Tours Page to get an in-depth look at campus residence halls and apartments.
Your Home at UC Berkeley: A Freshman's Guide to On-Campus Housing
Explore Housing FAQs for Newly Admitted Freshmen for additional information.
Transfer Students: Your Home at UC Berkeley: An Overview of Campus Housing
Explore Transfer Student FAQs for more information.
New students (undergraduate and graduate) will need to create a Berkeley campus identification (CalNet ID) after accepting their offer of admission. You’ll need your CalNet ID to access the housing application portal. For a guide to the application, see: How to Apply: New Students.
COVID-19 Update: Cal Housing continues to offer housing for students for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2021. It is not possible to know at this time whether the COVID-19 pandemic will allow for normal operations. Consequently, we cannot guarantee housing priority for new incoming students at this time but we are committed to supporting students if they want to live on or near campus.