Off-Campus Housing

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Off-Campus Housing


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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of students opt for off-campus housing either their sophomore year or junior year, by which time they have found friends who they can room with and know good places near campus, which are convenient for them and safe.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The cost of off-campus housing is far cheaper than on-campus housing. Off-campus accommodations are always near public transportation which make them convenient. I have found a lot of advertisements off of social media and flyers around the Berkeley campus. Landlords are usually cooperative and understanding.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I loved living off campus

1 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: The expensiveness of the Bay Area housing market is well-known, and people know it. We live in a three-bedroom, and the rent is $2,000 a month.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is much cheaper than dorming. However you are away from campus thus unless you put yourself out there. IT is very difficult to make friends.

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The off-campus housing search at Berkeley isn’t easy. Students complain about expensive rent, costly utility bills, competitive seekers, and lazy landlords. In addition, few end up in locations to their exact liking, but all say that they’re grateful that they even found a place. The demand for housing from the 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students drives up the rent prices to ridiculous levels. Berkeley is very aware of the housing crunch and provides several services to help students in their transition from dorms to apartment life. Many students cite the importance of planning early and at least thinking about post-dorm living options in the early spring if planning on moving in the early fall. Start even earlier if you want to move in at the beginning of summer.

A couple of students said they lucked out and found their places at the last moment, weeks or days before school began. While you might see “Roommate Wanted” signs in the bathrooms at school throughout the year, finding a new place to live at the last minute or during the school year is time-consuming and adds a lot of mental stress. Try to find people you’d possibly like to live with early on, talk to them about possible plans, and start visiting places as soon as ones that interest you pop up. Try to stop yourself from committing to the first place that seems “okay” out of laziness or fear that you may have no other options. Talk to other friends who are already living off campus and ask for names and numbers of people they may know who are graduating or renting out their place.


Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
December–March, if looking for summer/fall housing
Popular Areas
  • Below Telegraph
  • Hearst Avenue
  • Oakland
  • Piedmont Avenue
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,200
  • 2 BR: $1,500
  • Studio: $925

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 263 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 261 responses

  • 13% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 71% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 16% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 262 responses

  • 8% Extremely helpful.
  • 42% Somewhat helpful.
  • 51% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.


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