Local Resources

Below is a list of Bay Area resources that work with Berkeley International Office in supporting our orientation and programming efforts. We are thankful for the valuable contributions these sponsors provide which enable us to enhance the new international student experience.

Level 3 sponsors

As the official bank of UC Berkeley, (BMO) Bank provides friendly local service backed by the global strength of BNP Paribas.

With the strongest environmental stance of any major US bank, BMO is fundamentally different. As part of their commitment to sustainability, BMO is the first and only bank to offer a 1% for the Planet Any Deposit Checking account, the first checking account to give back to the planet.  Additionally, we offer a student checking account with access to deals exclusive to UC Berkeley. Visit their site to learn more

Make your move to the US easier by having a local bank with a mobile banking app and 9 ATMs right on campus. BMO is committed to support your move, start preparing today.

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campusSIMs is a mobile phone service designed for international students studying in the United States. Our mobile app allows customers to get their phone registered anywhere they have WIFI. No need to leave campus or wait for a SIM card to get shipped. Get 1 month of free service for UC Berkeley students!

All plans are no contract and customers can freeze their accounts if they travel home for winter or summer break.

Get unlimited talk and text with 2GB of data for just $35/mo!

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Student SIMS is a wireless solution designed specifically and exclusively for students or scholars, who may be studying in the U.S.A.  We partner with America’s top universities and colleges to allow students to have a number prior to departure which satisfies banking, credit, housing, SEVIS requirements etc.

All Visa types including J-1/2, F-1/2, M-1, HB and all US-inbound work/study travelers are eligible.

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Level 2 sponsors

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HomeShipping.com is a search and research engine that allows visitors to generate the wholesale shipping rates for different carriers based on the details of the shipment.

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About Cricket Wireless
Cricket is focused on inspiring smiles, one meaningful connection at a time. We offer an easy and high-quality wireless experience on our reliable nationwide network. Our affordable, straightforward service plans include monthly taxes and don’t require an annual contract. Our customers also enjoy access to top-brand phones at affordable prices.
Visit cricketwireless.com to learn more or find a store near you. Stay up to date with the Cricket Newsroom, and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube. Smile. You’re on Cricket.

Cricket is a subsidiary of AT&T Inc. ©2023 Cricket Wireless LLC. All rights reserved. Cricket and the Cricket logo are trademarks under license to Cricket Wireless LLC. 

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Furnished apartments near University of California at Berkeley! Hillside Village offers newly renovated studio and 1-3 bedroom apartments, as well as all of the things that make the Berkeley community unique and wonderful. You’re never far away from fun activities or your classes, we are at the center of it all. Contact our office for more information on specials, and schedule a tour via our website, www.hillsidevillageberekeley.com!

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At Residence Inn Berkeley, we redefine student living by blending modern comfort with urban lifestyle, right in the heart of downtown. Discover an array of amenities tailored to the student way of life. Our spacious suites, equipped with full kitchens, are your personal realm of comfort, providing the right atmosphere for both study and relaxation.

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Level 1 sponsors

Why International Students Rent Furniture From CORT:

Flexible Leases for Temporary Stays

Not sure how long you’ll be studying in the U.S.? CORT has lease term options that allow you to keep your furniture even after you graduate, or have it picked up when your lease term is up. Whether you're staying for three months, a year or longer, CORT helps you find the best match for your stay.

Ready Before You Arrive

We know you’re coming from far away. CORT makes it easy to arrange for your furniture package to be delivered and installed before you arrive to school. Your prompt, professional delivery includes a complete furniture package setup down to the last pillow, lampshade, and spoon. Feel at home the moment you arrive.

Get the Necessities, Add Your Style

Instead of purchasing large pieces of furniture that you’ll need to get rid of at the end of your semester, let CORT provide what you need. Rent foundation pieces for your bedroom, living room and dining room furniture, and add your own accessories to make your apartment your own.

If you are interested in learning more about Berkeley International Office's sponsor program for 2024-2025 Academic Year, please email Anna McCredy at ammccreedy@berkeley.edu for more information.