Explore Housing Options
UC Berkeley's housing options are as varied as our students! Discover opportunities to form lifelong friendships, share ideas, and meet top students, scholars, and faculty from all over the world. Here’s a look at the living arrangements and resources available to members of the university community.
Find Your Community
When making decisions about your housing at Berkeley, consider where you'll spend most of your time on campus — taking classes, teaching, or studying — and select a housing option nearby. Think about whether you want a traditional residence hall experience or the more intimate setting of a mini-suite or apartment. Do you want a room with students who share your culture, or need space for your family? See which options best fit your requirements. Soon you'll have narrowed down your selection to three or four best options.
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.
Types of Housing
UC Berkeley offers housing to fit every type of need.
Explore your options (click link to jump to location on page):
Residence Halls – new and continuing undergraduate students
Apartments – continuing and transfer undergraduate students
Graduate Student Apartments – graduate students (single/without dependents)
Family Student Housing – students (undergraduate or graduate) and postdocs with families
Apartments Off Campus – students, faculty, staff, visiting scholars, and postdocs
Summer Housing – students and others needing summer housing
Although each location is unique, all Berkeley residence halls include live-in staff (providing both social and academic support), community centers, on-site laundry, easy access to transportation, and much more. Residence halls frame the boundary of campus on the north, east, and south sides. Residence Hall contracts include a standard Blue meal plan which can also be upgraded to another plan.
South Campus Residence Halls
Conveniently located one or two blocks from the south side of campus, these options provide a traditional residential hall experience in the urban heart of Berkeley. All-gender and single-gender floors are available.
- Blackwell Hall* – Large, secure housing complex with an interior courtyard. Priority given to freshmen and continuing students. Premium-style rooms.
- Martinez Commons – Conveniently two blocks south of campus, this location prioritizes sophomores, transfers, and upper division students. Residence hall rooms are on all-gender floors with shared bathrooms and living spaces.
- Unit 1, Unit 2, and Unit 3 – Several high-rise complexes with communal bathrooms that share academic and meeting spaces and mail services. Christian & Slottman Halls in Unit 1 and Towle Hall in Unit 2 offer two-bedroom mini-suites in addition to the traditional residence hall rooms.
Southeast Campus Residence Hall
A mini-neighborhood in a residential area located approximately six blocks southeast of the main campus.
Clark Kerr (Unit 5) – A Spanish mission-style complex with amazing courtyards and green spaces. Traditional rooms on all-gender floors and single-gender suites.
Northeast Campus Residence Halls
These residence halls are located on the quieter, northeastern side of campus, nestled near the Berkeley Hills with ample access to green space.
- Foothill (Unit 4) – Complexes conveniently close to STEM classrooms. Bedrooms arranged in all- and single-gender suites.
- Stern (Unit 4) – Houses womxn-identified students in traditional and suite-style rooms.
Apartment housing options are conveniently located a few blocks from the south side of campus. Undergraduate apartments are only available to transfer and continuing students, not incoming freshmen. Meal plans are not included with apartment contracts, but may be purchased separately via Cal Dining.
- Channing Bowditch – Low-rise buildings clustered around two south-facing courtyards. Features flat and townhouse apartments with single- and double-occupancy rooms in two to three bedroom units.
- Clark Kerr (apartments) – A mini-neighborhood on the southeast side of campus with amazing courtyards and green spaces. Double and triple rooms in shared apartments.
- Enclave* – Situated amidst restaurants, cafes, shops, and bookstores. Features a Moorish Castle design with terraces. Variety of single and double rooms in shared apartments.
- Martinez Commons (apartments) – Conveniently two blocks south of campus, this location prioritizes sophomores and upper division students. Apartments are single gender and feature private rooms with semi-private living spaces.
- New Sequoia* – Designed for more independent living, apartments overlook Telegraph Avenue in the urban heart of Berkeley and have access to a shared internal courtyard. Features two to four bedrooms with single- and double-occupancy rooms.
- Panoramic Berkeley* – An independent living environment with efficient and modern design. Features four or five bedrooms with single-occupancy rooms.
- Wada – Apartment building with spacious bedrooms located in the Unit 2 complex. Most apartments feature two bedrooms with double- or triple-occupancy rooms.
Graduate students can apply for on-campus housing in Panoramic Berkeley* or one of these apartment complexes exclusive to Berkeley graduate students:
*Location is an affiliated property assigned by the university. On-site management is overseen by public-private partners.
University Village is for undergraduate or graduate students and postdocs who are married, single parents, or domestic partners. The campus maintains 970 apartments in this family student housing site. University Village is considered on campus for financial aid purposes, and is located just north of Berkeley, in Albany, CA.
Explore Cal Rentals for off campus living options. The Cal Rentals service is available to undergraduate and graduate students as well as visiting scholars, post docs, faculty, and staff.
Whether you are a student enrolling in Summer Session courses, an individual coming to the Bay area for an internship, or are in need of short term housing during the summer, there are Summer Housing options for you! Summer housing has a separate application process and timeline.
No Smoking Policy
UC Berkeley is committed to providing a healthy, smoke-free environment for students, faculty, and staff. Accordingly, no smoking is permitted in student rooms or inside buildings, including lounges, balconies and breezeways, and stairways. Smoking is only permitted outside in designated areas.