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Summer Bridge

Congratulations on your acceptance to Cal! We invite all Summer Bridge students to live on campus, where you can make the most of Berkeley’s world-class education and campus experience. Our residence halls provide many opportunities for you to create lifelong friendships, build leadership skills, work, play, and get academic support to keep you on the road to graduation and success. On top of all that, it’s safe, easy, and convenient to live on campus.

Summer Bridge students live together in a shared residential complex just one block from campus in our newest location, Blackwell Hall! Professional and student staff live on-site and provide enriching programs and activities to facilitate a sense of community among Bridge students.

Summer Bridge students are eligible for priority housing if they apply before the priority housing deadline. In order to be considered for priority housing, students must complete the online summer housing application.

Summer Bridge Housing FAQs
How do I apply?

Congratulations on your acceptance to Cal! To get started on your summer housing application, new students must enroll and create their Berkeley campus identification (CalNet ID) before they can access the housing application portal. For undergraduates, this process is handled through Cal Central.

It may take a few days for your CalNet ID to activate. After it does, you will be able to log into the Housing Application portal.

Step-by-step process on submitting your Summer housing application:

Step 1: Log into the portal.

Step 2: At the top click on "Apply for Housing." This will take you to the main Application page.

Step 3: Apply for the "Summer 2021" application. Hit Save & Continue

Step 4: Please review Phase 1 Instructions and indicate what housing you need. This step is very important as this will notify the housing team to place you with your fellow program participants in the right location. Please be sure to indicate that you are applying for Summer Bridge housing. Hit Save & Continue

Step 5: Please complete the housing needs page. 

Step 6: Submit any roommate requests. Individual applicants may request 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 room type in order for the request to be considered by the Summer Sessions Housing Office. Hit Save & Continue.

Step 7: Your application has been fully submitted! Students cannot access phase 2 until an offer is sent. Once an offer is ready for review, you will be notified via email.

Please note: Summer Bridge students will not have to pay the $300 Advance Payment upfront. This will be billed to your CalCentral account prior to financial aid disbursement before your session's start date.

For Step by Step Instructions with screenshots, please see Summer Bridge Application Process.

What is my Summer Bridge housing application deadline?

The Summer Bridge housing application is due on Friday, May 21st 5pm in order to receive priority housing. We will accept late applicants, however your preferenced room type may no longer be available as we provide housing based on first come, first serve. 

How are Summer Bridge housing assignments determined?

Summer Bridge housing assignments are based on first come, first serve. All Bridge students will be placed in double rooms over the summer.

When will I receive my housing offer?

Summer Bridge students will receive their housing offer within 2 weeks of the housing application deadline.

What should I do after I receive my offer?

After receiving your offer via email, log back into the portal to review your contract and Terms and Conditions

Once you have reviewed your contract, complete the final steps of the application and accept your offer. 

Students must accept the housing offer by their deadline or their offer will be canceled.

Please note: Summer Bridge students will not have to pay the $300 Advance Payment upfront. This will be billed to your CalCentral account prior to financial aid disbursement before your session's start date. 

Where are Summer Bridge students projected to be housed over the summer?

Summer Bridge students are projected to be housed at Blackwell Hall located only one block from campus! This complex includes communal lounges, restrooms, an office mailroom, onsite gym, onsite laundry access, and an Academic Success Center.  

Amenities & Services

Bridge rooms are projected to be double occupancy and include the following for each occupant:

• Extra-long twin bed & mattress

• Desk, chair, closet, wastebasket

• Micro-chill

• Carpet free rooms

• Ceiling fan

The general residence hall facilities include:

•  Dining commons across the street(Café 3)

• On-site Academic Success Center

• Laundry facilities

• Study lounges 

• In-room wireless connections

• Daily custodial services in common areas

• Mail and package services

• 24-hour security programs

• Non-smoking rooms and buildings


What is the Summer Bridge Housing Rate?

Summer Bridge 2021 Rates will be provided soon, please check back later for an update.

Rates are inclusive of a standard meal plan.

Residential Expectations
Bridge scholars are expected to actively contribute to a healthy and safe residential community. Scholars are further expected to:
• Honor the UC Berkeley principles of community
• Create and maintain mutual roommate agreements
• Attend required floor and hall meetings
What should I bring?

Personal data and documents

• Student ID number
• CalNet log-in and passphrase
• Passport, driver's license, or state-issued identification card
• Social security number
• ATM and/or bank card
• Health insurance card
• Important medical documents (e.g. prescriptions, immunization history, etc.)

University documents

Any documents you have been asked to submit in person, e.g. proof of citizenship, disability documentation, etc.

For your room

• Clothes
• Bed sheets (extra-long twin)
• Towels, shower basket, shower shoes, toiletries
• Hangers, iron, laundry basket, detergent
• Alarm clock
• Personal decorations

Scholars may bring a computer for convenience, or use the on-site computing facility. Cars are not recommended given limited parking; however, all scholars receive a local bus pass.

Scholars may not bring mini-fridges, microwaves, cooking equipment, candles, halogen lamps, pets, weapons, or illegal drugs. 

Building Access
  • The Cal 1 Card is used to access your building and meal plan. 

  • To obtain your Cal 1 Card you need:

    • Your 10-digit UC Berkeley Student Identification Number (SID)

    • One of the following forms of identification: a current state ID, Driver's License or passport

  • Use your Cal 1 Card to:

    • gain access into your residence halls

    • swipe into the dining halls/use your meal points

    • Visit the Cal 1 Card Office if your card is damaged or demagnetized.

  • Location: 212 Sproul Hall, Berkeley CA.

  • Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00AM to 4:30PM

  • Replacement fee: $25"

Technology Services
  • We know that access to computers during your stay is critical to academic success. All residents are eligible to use the Blackwell Academic Center, featuring multiple workstations supporting popular software (i.e., Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.). These computers are also installed with a link to the campus library catalogs, email, and the Internet.

  • In-Room Internet Connections

    • A Student Technology Services welcome folder will be distributed to all residents at check-in. It will include information about getting online through Student Technology Services' services and support.

  • All residents are eligible for free wireless Internet connection through Student Technology Services. Student Technology Services provides wireless coverage to registered computers in resident rooms, lounges, and common areas. You will receive a Student Technology Services welcome folder during move-in, which will detail how to get connected and how to contact support services. Student Technology Services supports wireless internet connections for computers running Windows XP/Vista and Macintosh OS 10.4 or higher. Windows 95/98/Me and Mac OS 10.3 and below are not allowed on the network as they do not meet campus minimum security standards.

  • Security and Other Requirements

    • To connect to the network, you will need your CalNet login and passphrase for authentication.

  • All computers connected to the campus network MUST meet campus minimum security standards which require:

    • Updated antivirus software

    • Automatic software patching (e.g. Windows Update)

    • A personal firewall

    • A strong administrator password

    • For detailed information about the requirements and how to meet them, please visit Student Technology Services' BeSecure page.

  • Technical Support

    • Technical support is available in the following ways:

      • Helpdesk phone line: 510.642.HELP (4357)

      • Helpdesk email: sts-help@berkeley.edu

      • In-person Residential Computing Consultant: Make an appointment through Student Technology Services to see an in-person consultant during office hours.


Students are required to move out on the specified move out date listed on their contract.

No late stays or extensions will be approved. Students will need to find alternative housing outside of the contract dates if their flight arrives after the move out date.

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.

Cancellation Policy

To request a cancellation to your contract, you must provide written email correspondence to (summerhousing@berkeley.edu) including your full name, Student ID Number, and reason for cancellation. Cancellations are NOT guaranteed and the resident will be liable for room and board fees until a replacement is found and/or the request is approved by the Summer Sessions Housing department. Please be sure to review the cancellation policy outlined in the Terms and Conditions of Residence.