Off-Campus Housing

On this page you'll find general information about off-campus rental housing. For more detailed information and rental listings from the Berkeley Law community, log into the Admitted Students Website for your program:

Most law students live in apartments in the Berkeley or Oakland area. The following are typical monthly rent ranges for apartments and houses in Berkeley and the surrounding areas:

  • $800 - $11,50 - Room in shared apartment or house
  • $1,050 - $1,400 - Studio apartment
  • $1,250 - $1,800 - One-bedroom apartment
  • $1,700 - $2,500 - Two-bedroom apartment or house (Berkeley)
  • $2,300 - $3,300 and up - Three-bedroom or larger house (three-bedroom apartments are rare)


Please note that market rates may change and rents are sometimes negotiable.


Work Exchanges
Sometimes a landlord will seek a student to perform a job, such as baby-sitting, gardening or property management, in exchange for a room or small apartment at no rent or reduced rent. Expect to work approximately 12 to 15 hours per week for a rent-free situation.


For a small membership fee, Cal Rentals provides rental listings and housing advice to the UC Berkeley campus community.  Many students leave for the summer and sublet their rooms or entire apartments for the length of time they are away. Some summer housing information will be available mid-February, although most summer sublets are listed AFTER spring break (usually the end of March/beginning of April).

The listings, consultations and house-hunting resources are included in a modest fee of $20 for 3 months of online access. Any student with a CalNet ID can initiate a rental listings account directly on theCal Rentals website and pay the fee online. First select "Find Rental Housing" and then click on "CalNet Authentication" under "Students."

If you wish to start your search before your CalNet ID is activated, you may use this alternate method to gain access to the Cal Rentals listings:

  • Fax a copy of your letter of admission to Cal Rentals at 510-642-4026.
  • Send an email to to alert the Cal Rentals staff that you will be requesting an account.
  • Request a new student rental listings account on the Cal Rentals website:
  • Click on “Find Rental Housing” at
  • Click on “Newcomer/Affiliate Student” and then on “Register Online”.
  • Complete the form and submit.

Cal Rentals will send you an email with a link to the online payment system once your admission letter is matched with your online request.


For more information contact:
Cal Rentals
Residential & Student Services Programs
2610 Channing Way
Berkeley, CA 94720-2272
510-642-4026 (Fax)


The following information provides overviews of some of the many resources you can use in your housing search.

Craigslist is a popular, free online bulletin board of community information, job listings and rental listings. Please note that Craigslist does not monitor or vet its listings in any way, so it is critical to follow these guidelines for avoiding fraud or dangerous situations. While Craigslist is the most commonly used source of housing in the Bay Area, it can be difficult for international students to use with confidence. We recommend paying the Cal Rentals membership fee to get housing advice/assistance, even if you have found a listing on Craigslist that you wish to rent. 

Local newspapers also have rental listings and are easily found near campus at many bookstores and cafes. Some of the most helpful, such as the “
Daily Californian,” “Berkeley Daily Planet” and “East Bay Express,” are free.