Although most graduate students live in off-campus rental housing, there are a few university options near campus. It is best to apply early; applications for Fall 2013 housing are already available. To apply online (Calnet ID required) or download a paper application, click here.
PLEASE NOTE - Lease terms vary for each building, and some university buildings are available only for year-round rentals. If you are considering the professional track of our LL.M. degree, which takes place over two summers, read carefully to ensure that your preferred housing is available to you during the summer.
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12-month lease required (sublets not permitted). The Manville Apartments are reserved for law and graduate students (priority is given to law students). Manville, with its unique, award-winning architecture, is located just three blocks from the central campus at the corner of Shattuck Avenue and Channing Way. This location features a popular coffee cafe right downstairs, restaurants, a large video store, a bookstore, and a copy and desktop publishing shop across the street. Just down the block, in downtown Berkeley, are more restaurants, movie theaters and shops.
This complex consists of 132 small, single-occupancy studio apartments. There is normally a waiting list, so the sooner you apply, the more likely you will get an offer of housing. The apartments range in size from 260 to 305 square feet, and some have decks, views or access to the central open-air courtyard. Each apartment is carpeted and features a built-in kitchenette, desk and bookcase. The complex has study rooms, a laundry room and a recreation room. Rents ranged from $1050 to $1085 per month in academic year 2012-2013, and include water and garbage service. An increase is anticipated for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Ida Louise Jackson Graduate House
12-month lease required (sublets not permitted). This nearby complex features shared apartments with single-occupancy bedrooms just one block from the law school. Furnished apartments range from two bedrooms up to six bedrooms, and the complex features study rooms, lounges, a private courtyard and coin laundry facilities. Each apartment features a kitchen, living room, dining area and one or two bathrooms, depending upon the number of bedrooms in the unit. Virtually the entire complex is reserved for graduate students. Rates per bedroom ranged from $963 to $1133 in 2012-2013, with an increase anticipated for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Apply online here for either the Manville Apartments or Jackson House. For more information, you may contact Cal Housing:
2610 Channing Way #2272
Berkeley, CA 94720-2272
University apartments for married students or students with a domestic partner, with or without children, and single parents are available in the University Village student family housing complex in Albany, a small city approximately three miles northwest of campus. Over the years this has become an active, supportive community for students juggling family and educational responsibilities. 2012-2013 rental rates for Family Student Housing were reasonable ($1279, $1527 and $1739 respectively for 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments in the new West Village, and $1655 to $1969 for 2 and 3 bedroom flats and townhouses in the East Village), include all utilities (except telephone service), and a parking space. An increase is anticipated for the 2013-2014 academic year.
To qualify as a student family and live in Family Student Housing, you must be:
1) A registered student living with a spouse or family member, or
2) A registered student living with a spouse and one or more minor children, or
3) A registered student who is a single parent and has at least 50 percent custody of his or her ward, or
4) A registered student living with a partner in a committed relationship. Get more details on eligibility here.
Note: Single graduate students may apply for a one bedroom West Village apartment, but student families have priorities for offers.
Eligible students should apply early, as assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis, and there is a waiting list. The Family Student Housing Application and Assignment process is now fully online. The length of time you will remain on the waiting list depends on the type of apartment you request, the demand and your move-in date. The greatest demand (and longest wait) for housing is in August, at the beginning of the fall semester. The shortest wait is usually mid-semester during October and March. You may begin the online application process here.
For more information about Family Student Housing, contact:
Cal Housing/Apartment Assignments
Residential & Student Service Programs
2610 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94720-2272
The Berkeley Student Cooperative is a student-owned and operated system of 17 rooming houses and three apartment complexes near campus. Students contribute a weekly work shift to keep the cost of the housing extremely low. Two facilities, Hillegass Parker House and the Convent, are set aside for graduate and reentry students.
In addition to meal service in the houses, the house kitchens are available for students to use at all times.
Rooming house rates for the 2013-2014 academic year are $3,411 per semester for a standard single room ($4,032 for a large single in Hillegass Parker), and include room, board and utilities. For summer, rates range from $1,568 to $2,736 for the entire summer term.
Located just across the street from Berkeley Law, International House (I-House) houses approximately 600 graduate and upper division students. Approximately half of the residents are foreign and half are U.S. citizens. This beautiful facility was designed by renowned architect Julia Morgan and overlooks the San Francisco Bay from the top of Bancroft Way, across the street from Boalt Hall.
Room rates for the 2013-2014 Academic Year range from $13,535 to $17,545. Summer rates range from $3,174 to $4,380 for a 10-week session. All rates include room, board and your I-House program membership. In addition to the room and board fees, a refundable security deposit of $500 is required.
If you expect an assignment to university-operated housing, you may need temporary housing until your assignment is ready. If you do not have a place to stay when you first arrive, you might consider staying in Summer Visitor Housing, located in a residence hall near campus. Until mid-August, you can rent a single room for one or two people for approximately $61 per room per night, with a discounted weekly rate. (Please check the website below for additional rate information.)
You should make your reservations as soon as you know your arrival date. Credit card, cash and U.S. currency traveler's checks are accepted, and a full payment for the length of your stay is required upon arrival.
Other short-term options include:
There are many other hotels and motels in the Berkeley area, particularly on University Avenue. You will find a list of hotels and motels on the Cal Rentals website and in the Visiting section of this website. If you expect an assignment to university-operated housing, you may need to rent a place until your assignment is ready. Cal Rentals recommends that your off-campus rental be a month-to-month agreement, which allows you to move out with 30 days written notice to the landlord. Approximately half the rentals listed with Cal Rentals are month-to-month or offer negotiable tenancies.