An Overview of UC Berkeley Housing

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Welcome to Berkeley! You’re invited to discover the benefits of sharing space with passionate and enthusiastic Golden Bears.

Find Where You Thrive 

Congratulations, Golden Bear, your years at Berkeley will be memorable and exciting as you rise to new challenges and develop a university lifestyle that fits you and your goals. Use the steps below to help you choose the best housing option for your academic journey. 

1. Explore Your Housing Options

Living on campus provides students an easy, safe, and convenient support system, including academic centers, delicious dining options, and rates that are all-inclusive of residential services. With traditional residence halls, apartments, suite environments, single-gender and all-gender living options, theme programs, and more—you'll find a housing choice that fits your needs and provides a supportive community.

Explore housing options for details about living arrangements on campus and resources available to all members of the university community. Learn more by comparing residence halls and apartments and reviewing frequently asked questions. For resources and advising about off-campus housing, check out Cal Rentals, free for students and open to all faculty and staff.

Newly Admitted? Find Your Best Start 

Berkeley’s living communities provide a welcoming 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. Discover an energizing experience as a new student in Berkeley housing.

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.

2. Review Rates and Meal Plans

To narrow down your housing options and decide on the one that's right for you, review housing rates, residence hall policies, and important deadlines.

Cal Dining Meal Plans

Next, check out your dining options. On-campus and off-campus meal plans are offered for all students, faculty, and staff. Cal Dining is ranked as one of the best dining programs in the country with innovative menus highlighting California’s diverse cultures and flavors. Our chefs and dietitians take pride in what’s on your plate.

Did you know? Residence Hall rates include a standard Blue meal plan which can be upgraded. Students living in campus apartments or off campus may purchase a meal plan through Cal Dining.

3. Apply for Housing

You've found the right home, you've selected a meal plan—now all you need to do is apply! Be sure to follow the process step-by-step and meet those deadlines. For those who are new to the process, we can guide you through the process of how to apply. We look forward to welcoming you to your new home at UC Berkeley!

Did you know?You can provide up to five preferred housing options on the application. Room and hall assignments are made according to a randomly assigned lottery number system, so choose “any room size, any location” as the fifth choice on your application to ensure you’re considered for all contracts.