Health & Safety

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

Health & Safety: Okay, there are just way too many dangerous and hobo people around. It's a real culture schock for a lot of people, but most of them are very harmless.

2 College Senior

Health & Safety: There are a lot of crazy homeless people on the Southside. So if you are walking home at night, it's better to do it as a group or with a friend. If not, I strongly recommend using BearWalk.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: There are great services to walk or take you home and posted numbers in a lot of places. I would like to see more security on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety is questionable, as there is an abundance of homeless people who are eyeing passerbys.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: There are many dark/shadowy spots on campus. Do not feel very safe walking after dark in these areas, particularly when it is very late.

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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 146 responses

  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 16% Criminal activity near campus
  • 15% 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 strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 9 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 145 responses

  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 15% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 23% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 22% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 37% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 146 responses

  • 2% We have campus police?
  • 12% Not very visible.
  • 18% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 55% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 13% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 146 responses

  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 36% 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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