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.  Degree-seeking undergraduate students 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.

Check out the Cal Rental Resources page for information about living off-campus, including information on Typical Rent Ranges, Rental Safety, and much more. 

We also recommend you review our Arrival Guide for information on Berkeley neighborhoods, housing search strategies, utility services, and more. 

Scams & Fraud Awareness

Check out our Scams and Safety information for precautionary tips about finding housing. Housing scams primarily appear as online advertisements on sites such as craigslist.org. The contact person will insist that you send them money for housing accommodations even though you have not yet visited the property in person. When you show up to the address, the place is unavailable. Never send money or give out personal information or immigration details to anyone over the phone or online. If you are required to wire money ahead of time, please be sure the housing post is legitimate. Check the address on Google Maps or a search engine to ensure it is a residential building. Try to arrange a digital viewing via Skype, FaceTime, etc. to confirm it is a real address and to see the unit in person.

If you have any doubts or are unsure about a request, please contact a Berkeley International Office adviser.

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.

On-campus

Off-Campus

  • Moving Off Campus 101 headerMoving off-campus 101 BIO's short guide to transitioning from living on-campus to off-campus. It covers how to search for and secure housing and protect yourself in the process.   



  • 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.
  • Housing and Accommodations (VSPA Office) - List of housing resources compiled by the VSPA Office for Postdocs, Visiting Scholars, and VIsiting Student Researchers
  • Mills College Housing for UC Berkeley Students
  • 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.
  • Craigslist.com
    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
  • The Berk
    Fully furnished, dorm-style housing close to campus. The term of the Residency Agreement is roughly the UC Berkeley academic year (middle of August - middle of May). Summer leases are also available. 
  • Academic Housing Rentals
  • Furnished homes with a focus on community for academics and young professionals.

Looking for a Cal Roommate or Housing Share?

 

 Roommate Search Tool
Housing Search Facebook Group

Graduate Student Housing Facebook Group

BIO Housing Listings Post your listing to BIO Housing


Access to these tools is for UCB students and scholars only.

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.

Use the links below to navigate to the sections that apply to you.

4:36 - on campus options

14:52 - undergraduate housing

23:55 - graduate housing

26:26 - summer housing

28:30 - undergrad on-campus housing application

42:46 - off campus options

55:06 - on vs. off campus - cost of living comparison

Youku/Tudou users, access the recording here.

Housing Search Sites with Interactive Maps

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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