Application Steps

Applying for Summer Sessions housing is quick and easy! Follow these steps to ensure your Summer Sessions housing is secured. The application portal opens February 1st.

Step 1: Enroll for Summer Sessions courses

You must enroll in Summer Sessions courses before you apply for Summer Sessions Housing.

To explore course options and enroll, visit the Summer Sessions website

Step 2: Obtain a CalNet ID

All students are required to set up their CalNet ID and passphrase in order to log into the online housing application.

Newly Admitted Full-Time Berkeley Students

Newly admitted full-time Berkeley students can obtain a CalNet ID and passphrase after the Statement of Intent to Register form has been submitted and initial fees have been paid. Incoming UC Berkeley students may contact Cal Student Central directly regarding the status of their CalNet account.

Continuing Full-Time Berkeley Students

Continuing full-time Berkeley students can use their current CalNet account to apply for summer housing.

Visiting Students

Visiting students must register as summer students and enroll in courses through the Summer Sessions Office. Once your registration is approved by the Summer Sessions Office, you will receive an email with instructions on how to set up your CalNet account. You can then use your CalNet credentials to apply for housing on our online housing application.

Step 3: Apply Online
  1. Go to the online application home page.
  2. In the top left corner, click on the “Visit University login page” link.
  3. Enter your CalNet ID and passphrase to log in.
  4. Select Summer 2019 as the housing term for which you are applying.
  5. Follow each step of the online application, selecting “Save & Continue” at the bottom of each page.
  6. Once you have completed Phase 1, your application has been submitted and is under review. You will receive an email regarding the status of your summer housing application within 7 business days of submission.

Premium Meal Plan Upgrade

The online application will allow you to specify your choice of a Standard Meal Plan (included in contract cost) or the Premium Meal Plan (additional cost). The Phase 1 portion of the online application provides your only opportunity to upgrade to the Premium Meal Plan. Compare meal plans

Non-standard accommodations

Students must indicate all special/medical needs for non-standard housing-related accommodations by describing them in the appropriate fields of the online application. Read more about non-standard accommodations here.

Roommate Requests

Individual applicants may note specific roommate preference(s) by completing the "Manage Roommate" step of the Phase 1 portion of the online application.

Roommate preferences must be mutual, students must be of the same gender, and must accept a contract for the same session and room type, in order for the request to be considered by the Summer Sessions Housing Office.

If your housing accommodations are arranged for you by your University, registration center, or agent, you must communicate your roommate preferences to your liaison as early as possible, in order for the request to be considered by the Summer Sessions Housing Office.

Step 4: Accept the Housing Contract by the deadline

You will be notified about housing availability by email within 7 business days of your online submission.

If space is available, this email will also contain a link to a housing contract website.

If you are 18 years old, you may accept the housing contract yourself. If you are under 18 years old, the housing contract must be accepted by a parent or legal guardian. The parent or legal guardian will be required to provide their name(s), address(es), and relationship(s) to the contract holder. The parent or legal guardian will be required to agree to and accept the terms of the contract.

The online contract is a LEGAL DOCUMENT. Please be sure that you read and fully understand the Terms and Conditions of Residence prior to submitting it.

Step 5: Accept the Housing Offer by the deadline

Contingent on availability, you will receive a housing offer letter via email within 7 business days of submission. You must log back into your application to accept the offer, completing the final steps of the application, until you see your housing contract confirmation page.

You must accept the housing offer, with a minimum of the $300.00 advance payment, by the deadline stated in your offer letter.

If you miss your deadline to accept your contract offer, there is no guarantee that the space will remain available. If space is no longer available, students who miss their offer deadline will be added to the waitlist.

Step 6: Make payment(s) by the deadline(s)

You may visit the Payment page for payment instructions.

Payment instructions and deadlines may also be viewed in the Terms and Conditions of Residence.

Step 7: For international students only

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires that all international students attending Berkeley Summer Sessions in F-1/J-1 status complete the online Document Check if they are a summer international student who has an I-20/DS- 2019 issued by UC Berkeley with a Summer Sessions start date and who is new to the U.S., transferring from another U.S. school or not admitted to a UC Berkeley degree program.

Students must complete the online Document Check, so that their record is cleared to receive a Cal1Card from the Cal1Card Office.

Students are required to review the Summer International Student Tutorials before completing the online Document Check. These online tutorials contain important information about maintaining the visa status.

Students must report to the Berkeley International Office by completing the online Document Check immediately upon arrival. U.S. law requires that students report to UC Berkeley no later than 15 days after their program start date, as reflected on their I-20 or DS2019.

For other visa matters, visit the Berkeley International Office webpage.

Cancellation Procedure

If you opt to decline your housing offer, you do not have to complete Phase 2 of the application (Steps 5-10). Your housing offer and application will expire if not accepted by the offer deadline stated in the offer letter.

If for any reason you need to cancel your Summer Sessions Housing contract, you must submit a written request for cancellation by submitting a Summer Contract Cancellation form to Submitting this form does not guarantee your cancellation request will be granted. The resident requesting contract termination shall continue to be liable for room and board fees until a replacement is found and/or the requests approved by the summer sessions housing office through a summer appeal.

The summer sessions housing office has a primary responsibility to fill all unsold spaces with waitlisted applicants, before approving cancellation requests. (See Section 5 of Terms and Conditions of Residence)