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Campus Housing

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The building structures of most of the units are pretty average and plain with the exception of Foothill. I believe what I like most about the Units is the friendliness of the students. The food served at the dining halls is pretty tasty but a lot of students complain about a few not so tasty dishes that pop up once in a while.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The Unit dorms are pretty tight knit and a decent distance away from campus. It's also right next to Telegraph where many restaurants are.

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5 College Senior

Campus Housing: Loved living on campus. Did it freshman and sophomore year. The only issue is that there are way more students who want campus housing than there are facilities.

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2 College Senior

Campus Housing: dorm fee is really expensive and food quality is not that good. If you have enough money to pay the dorm fee, it is very comfortable because you don't have to get anything by yourself. everything is set. However, you should share with bunch of people. If you think that you're enjoying your private life, I really don't recommend dorm life and my rating will be accurate.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Way over priced! I was in Unit 2 in a triple and it was very tight for the amount it costed. I get that rent in the bay area is expensive but I think I'd be better off renting a room off of craigslist or something. The elevators would be out a lot, but I was on a lower level so I always used the stairs. The bathrooms were kind of shabby, I'm very appreciative of the people who kept for them but young adults are messy! Also on my floor there was definitely favorite showers and showers you did not want to use (i.e. one had no flow, another didn't drain). Sometimes people had sex in the showers, some guy recorded me showering once but UCPD handled my report well and the guy was removed from UC housing. He still was able to attend school though?

My floor had laundry on it (yay) and the building had no air conditioning so we (my roommates and I) would leave our window open most of the early months. It was loud outside at night so we used ear plugs while we slept.

The underground communal space is nice, good study spaces and a little workout room with one working treadmill and some really nice ellipticals.

I liked being on southside close to Telegraph but I know some people didn't like being near that area.

Also there are compost bins in the rooms make sure to empty them if you use them! The guys in the room next door didn't for months and when they opened it a swarm of fruit flies came out...

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Most students associate the dorms with freshman year. Sophomores have the option to apply for second-year housing, but most opt to live off campus because it is less expensive and offers more freedom. Although incoming freshmen are asked about their lifestyles and housing preferences, so many students prefer the Units (Units 1, 2, and 3) that there isn't enought room to accommodate everyone who requests it. That said, social students in Stern, Bowles, or Foothill are sure to let you know that they “got stuck there.” Clark Kerr’s Spanish missionary architecture and Harry Potter-style dining hall offer the Ivy rejects some consolation and seem to attract many of Cal’s wealthier students.

Even though roommates are randomly matched, most pairs get along fine. The Units and Clark Kerr are all coed and have coed bathrooms, which means showering, brushing your teeth, and going to the bathroom next to your new neighbors—so everyone become family very quickly. To add to the social atmosphere, the Units are also closest to Telegraph Avenue—arguably the "Berkeleyest" part of Cal—and to the Greek system, which dominates the freshman-year party scene. Whether or not you love your roommate or housing location, it’s hard not to appreciate dorm life as a central part of freshman year. Most people make friends with people on their floor, and will say hi to people from their freshman dorm even as a senior. The dorm is a safety net, of sorts because even if your dormmates aren’t your best friends, it’s still nice to see familiar faces on campus and have people to sit with at Crossroads.

 

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
8,430
Undergrads Living On Campus
35%
Number of Dormitories
8
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
4
Best Dorms
  • Clark Kerr Campus
  • Unit 1
Worst Dorms
Stern
What You Get
  • Bookshelf
  • Cable TV
  • Carpet
  • Closet
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet access
  • General lighting
  • Mirror
  • Window coverings
Available for Rent
MicroFridges
Did You Know?
  • Berkeley is the only UC campus to offer a lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender-themed residential program.
  • When a Berkeley professor invented the new energy-efficient light bulbs, everyone in campus housing was able to trade in their old bulbs for free.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

Bowles
Number of Occupants: 192
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: No, men only
Room Types: Quads
Special Features: Library, TV lounge, recreation room, vending/ice machines, live-in health workers, live-in hall staff, access to Academic Center with computers at Foothill, laundry facilities, also resembles a castle. All University buildings are designated smoke-free.
Clark Kerr Campus
Number of Occupants: 818
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes, except for suites
Room Types: Single, double, triple-person connected with other singles, doubles, or triples (suites)
Special Features: Single-sex suites with shared bathroom, dining center with outdoor patios, Academic Center with computers, Security Monitor Program, recreation rooms, study lounges, laundry facilities, outdoor pool, sand volleyball, tennis courts, track, vending/ice machines, live-in health workers, live-in hall staff. All University buildings are designated smoke-free.
Foothill
Floors: Seven coed buildings
Number of Occupants: 776
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Single, double, triple suites with three to eleven bedrooms
Special Features: Academic Center with computers, dining center in commons building, assembly rooms, TV lounge, mail services, laundry facilities, recreation area, vending/ice machines, live-in health workers, live-in hall staff. All University buildings are designated smoke-free.
Stern
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 267
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: No, women only
Room Types: Single, double, double rooms in suites
Special Features: Main lounge with fireplace and grand piano, recreation area, laundry facilities, vending/ice machines, live-in health workers, live-in hall staff, Security Monitor Program, Academic Center with computers, dining in adjoining Foothill Dining Center. All University buildings are designated smoke-free.
Unit 1
Floors: 8 in each of four high-rises
Number of Occupants: 237 per building
Bathrooms: Coed bathrooms shared by floor, single-sex bathrooms shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Single, double, triple, triple-room suite
Special Features: Single-sex floors, sixteen floor lounges with balconies, main lounge with fireplaces, Security Monitor Program, laundry facilities, dining center, recreation area, vending/ice machines and live-in health workers, live-in hall staff, Academic Center with computers, houses the African American theme program. All University buildings are designated smoke-free.
Unit 2
Floors: 8 in each of four high-rises
Number of Occupants: 230 per building
Bathrooms: Coed bathrooms shared by floor, single-sex bathrooms shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Single, double, triple, triple-room suite
Special Features: Single-sex floors available, sixteen floor lounges with balconies, main lounge with fireplace, Academic Center with computers, academic support and tutoring programs, Security Monitor Program, laundry facilities, recreation area, vending/ice machines, live-in health workers, live-in hall staff. All University buildings are designated smoke-free.
Unit 3
Floors: 8 in each of four high-rises
Number of Occupants: 230 per building
Bathrooms: Coed bathrooms shared by floor, single-sex bathrooms shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Single, double, triple, triple-room suite
Special Features: Lounges with balconies, main lounge with fireplace, dining center, Academic Center with computers, Security Monitor Program, laundry facilities in central commons building, recreation area, vending/ice machines, live-in health workers, live-in hall staff, houses Spens-Black Hall (rooming for upper-division and transfer students). All University buildings are designated smoke-free.
University Students' Cooperative Association (co-op)
Floors: 17 buildings with three to four floors
Number of Occupants: 1,200
Bathrooms: Shared by floor; shared by apartment
Coed: Yes
Room Types: Single, double, some triple rooms; apartments with one to four bedrooms
Special Features: Each house is independently managed by elected house members, and every member contributes work time to running the co-op. There are two co-ops for women only, a vegetarian house, a gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender theme house, and an African American theme house. One house is reserved for UC Berkeley graduate and re-entry students. For more information, visit their Web site at www.usca.org.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

College Durant Apartments
Number of Units: 120
Residents: Graduate and law students only
Room Types: Two, three, four, five, or six-bedroom apartments
Special Features: Apartments furnished, phone and internet lines provided in bedrooms, common area lounges, study rooms, recreation room, vending machine room, mail room, shared outdoor courtyard, laundry room, bicycle storage
Manville Apartments
Number of Units: 132
Residents: Graduate and law students only
Room Types: Single studio-style apartments, unfurnished
Special Features: Central courtyard, secured entry and elevator, common areas, lounge, laundry facilities, mail room, three study rooms, storage spaces, limited parking spaces available for additional fees.
Smyth Fernwald Complex
Number of Units: 74
Coed: Yes
Residents: Student families
Room Types: One, two, or three bedroom apartments
Special Features: Peaceful living environment for student families
University Village, Albany
Residents: Students with families only
Room Types: 760 one, two and three bedroom apartments, and two-bedroom townhouses
Special Features: Recreational and community center, a café, laundry rooms, and child care center

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