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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: If you stay with your friends and do not venture to parties (esp on greek row) alone, you will not encounter any significant threat to your safety. The homeless population around campus in significant, but most do not bother or try to engage students.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We have Bear Transit at night and it has saved me.

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2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Recent protests have made using public transportation and walking in the street difficult and possibly unsafe.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on campus.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus works to support students but it doesnt feel like there is an actual support system in place.

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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
1 Sproul Hall
(510) 642-3333 (emergencies); (510) 642-6760 (non-emergencies)
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
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?
Did You Know?
The last reported homicide on the Berkeley Campus was in 1992.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 156 responses

  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 15% Walking alone
  • 15% Criminal activity near campus
  • 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% None
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 39 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 154 responses

  • 37% High quality, very convenient.
  • 22% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 22% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 16% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 1% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 154 responses

  • 13% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 55% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 18% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 12% Not very visible.
  • 3% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 155 responses

  • 14% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 48% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 36% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 2% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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