Health & Safety

Location
Berkeley, CA
Undergrads
25,018
Tuition (in-state)
$35,752 ($12,874)
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Shit gets dangerous because there are a few unpredictable elements especially in the downtown area

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: If you use your brain, you will not get mugged. If you don't, well, you might lose your iphone.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Berkeley is known to house many peasants close to campus (People's park). They are practically everywhere in the downtown and surrounding the campus. I do not have an issue with peasants, I mean they have their struggles and I wish them the best. However, some do have mental issues and that is when it may be a bit unsafe. Also, many people take advantage of the People's park, since they know the general public will not really step foot and engage in criminal activity.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: its ok I thought there would be more medical care though

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3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: 1. Yes, we have a lot of homeless people here. They generally will not do anything to you. I have had encounters where I've been cat-called or followed, and two of my friends had their apartment/car broken into and lived in during vacation (...yeah), but generally it is live and let live.

2. I think more of the robberies and muggings that happen are due to the high school students or people from outside of Berkeley, but that's just my impression from anecdotes. Living here just makes you aware that you're in a large city, so you need to keep your belongings close to you and try to walk in a group when it gets late.

3. The campus police do try to make the place safer, but I have to admit, I have preferred to stay at home rather than go to the library at night because of safety concerns.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 138th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1135th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1366th
    Safest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Meegan Brooks
Hometown
Granite Bay, CA
Major
Political science
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Oakland is consistently listed as one of the least-safe cities in the United States, and Berkeley is right next door. Even with its own police department, UC Berkeley has not managed to control crime in the campus area. The campus itself is considered safe at night, but crime is fairly common in the surrounding areas. Although there have been several local homicides in the past couple of years, these generally have not involved Cal students. When it is light out and people are walking around, crime is almost unheard of. Although many students admit to having walked alone at night, most say this is not a safe choice. Because everyone is aware of the crime, students try to walk home in groups. 

To help control local crime, UCPD offers night safety shuttles, BearWALK (a night escort service), several blue-light posts around campus that denote emergency call boxes, and high-visibility officers throughout the city. If more students took advantage of BearWALK and the shuttles, crime would probably decrease and students would probably feel safer around campus. Unfortunately, most don’t want to wait 20 minutes for the shuttle or escort to reach them, and many complain that the services don’t work well.

 

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 22
  • Arson: 3
  • Burglary: 54
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 20
  • Sex Offenses: 11
  • Vehicle Theft: 8
Security Office
UCPD
1 Sproul Hall
(510) 642-3333 (emergencies); (510) 642-6760 (non-emergencies)
police.berkeley.edu
Safety Services
  • Bike licensing
  • Cal-B-SAFE Information Line
  • Crime alerts
  • Night escort service
  • Night shuttle service around city/campus
  • Self-defense courses
  • UCPD daily activity bulletin
Health Center
Tang Center
2222 Bancroft Way
(510) 642-2000
www.uhs.berkeley.edu
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Advice nurse
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling
  • Health education programs
  • Immunizations
  • Lab services
  • Nutritionist
  • Online assessments
  • Pharmacy
  • Specialists (by referral from PCP)
  • STD testing
  • Urgent care
  • Women's health
  • X-ray
Day Care Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
The last reported homicide on the Berkeley Campus was in 1992.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 139 responses

  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 16% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Walking alone
  • 10% Non-students on campus
  • 9% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 8% Unlit pathways
  • 6% Drugs
  • 5% Excessive drinking
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% None
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 138 responses

  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 15% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 21% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 22% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 39% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 138 responses

  • 1% We have campus police?
  • 11% Not very visible.
  • 18% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 56% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 14% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 138 responses

  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 37% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 47% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 15% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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