Finding Housing

There are many resources available to help you find housing on or near the UC Berkeley campus. The Cal Housing office should be the first place you start your search for housing on or off-campus.  Undergraduates planning to live on campus should also visit Living at Cal.

For any student interested in living off campus, the Graduate Assembly has developed: The GA’s Housing Guide: Best Practices for Finding Housing which offers an overview of the housing situation in Berkeley and the Bay Area. The guide offers a lot of information on the average prices of housing in the Bay Area and tips for finding housing after you have arrived.

Temporary Housing

You may need a short-term place to stay when you arrive in Berkeley. Listed below are some inexpensive places close to campus. If you mention that you are affiliated with UC Berkeley, you may be eligible for a discount. Reservations are recommended.

For those looking for immediate housing in San Francisco for the 2017 summer, check out the Panoramic ResidencesNear Civic Center/SoMA area, walking distance to BART and ideal for those with internships in the area and/or those who want to live in the city for the summer.

Permanent Housing Search Resources



  • UC Berkeley Cal Rentals 
    Provides a wide selection of rental listings, counseling and written information on finding housing, and setting up telephone and utility (gas/electricity) services.
  • Berkeley Student Cooperative 
    Student-run, non-profit housing cooperative that provides quality, low-cost housing opportunities to university students. Each of the 20 houses is close to the UCB campus and democratically run by its members.
    Offers postings about available housing in the East Bay or other parts of the Bay Area. Be sure to review the information about scams and personal safety on Craigslist

Scams & Fraud Awareness

Check out our Scams and Safety information for precautionary tips about finding housing.

Looking for a Cal Student Roommate or Housing Share?

 Roommate Search Tool
Housing Search Facebook Group

Graduate Student Housing Facebook Group

Access to these tools is for UCB students only.

"Finding Housing in Berkeley" Recorded webinar from May, 2017

Housing in the Bay Area 2017

Video Description: Should you live on campus in the residence halls? What are the neighborhoods like that are surrounding the campus? What is a co-op? Representatives from the Cal Rentals Housing office address your housing options and what to expect when living on campus versus off campus.

Housing Search Sites with Interactive Maps


Housing in Berkeley Featured in 
The Daily Cal Student Newsletter

Read advice from students who know best about housing in Berkeley!

The Housing Issue, 2013
The Housing Issue, 2014
The Housing Issue, 2015
The Housing Issue, 2016
The Housing Issue, 2017