This page has a wide range of resources and a video for new international students arriving at UCB.
Finding Housing (BIO)
Notes: If you have been admitted as an undergraduate student, you will be considered "transfer-level" not "freshman-level" for housing application.
Housing is not guaranteed. Be aware that the standard rental agreement for some housing options is nine months (or until the end of the academic year for students arriving in spring). Students leaving their housing before the end of the agreement may be subject to a cancellation fee.
International House (UC Affiliated)
Location: 2299 Piedmont Ave, Berkeley
Phone: (510) 642-9470
IMPORTANT: When registering for I-House, at the "University role" box, select "EAP-Graduate" or "EAP-Undergraduate".
When asked to provide a letter of acceptance, submit a copy of your "RECIPROCAL EXCHANGES APPLICATION STATUS CONFIRMATION" (you will receive this from your home university international office).
International House is independent and is not a part of UC Housing. Do not sign a contract for both I-House and UC Housing.
Application Period: application is open; You are encouraged to apply as early as possible since spaces fill quickly.
Method of Payment Options: Wire transfer and credit card payment preferred (Visa or Master Card accepted). International money orders and travelers’ checks are also accepted. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to arrange direct payment rather than via the online application using a credit card.
Housing Offers: Sent by e-mail. Applicants are responsible for monitoring their e-mail and notifying Admissions of any change in e-mail address.
Residence Halls and University Apartments (UC Housing)
Residence Halls/Apartments (Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3, Clark Kerr, Foothill, Stern and Martinez Commons, Channing-Bowditch, Wada)
Phone: (510) 642-4108
Notes: Students must have a CalNet ID and PassPhrase to apply. Your UCB student ID (SID) and PIN number information, needed to create your CalNet ID and PassPhrase, will be sent to you directly via e-mail as soon as it becomes available. Students may wish to consider giving priority to apartment living when ranking their choices.
Application Deadline: Apply as soon as you create your CalNet ID.
Even if the deadline has passed, there still may be places available in campus housing. E-mail the assignments office if you are interested in applying for housing after the announced deadline. For the best chance of placement, include "any room type, any location" in your list of housing preferences.
Few singles are available. More mature students may wish to apply for continuing, upper-division, and transfer housing options.
I-House and the Berkeley Student Cooperative are independent from UC Housing. Do not sign a contract with more than one housing provider.
Notification of Housing Assignments: Sent by e-mail. On receipt of confirmation of assignment, student must accept online at the UC Berkeley Housing Portal. Complete your contract by providing your online signature and making the advance payment. Both the signature and advance payment are required to confirm your housing reservation. Students are responsible for monitoring their e-mail and informing the Cal Housing office of any change in their e-mail address.
University Apartments (UC Housing)
Graduate Students only
Jackson House and Manville Apartments
Phone: (510) 642-4108
Application Deadline: Students are advised to complete the application as early as possible.
Notification of Housing Assignments: Sent by e-mail. On receipt of confirmation of assignment, student must accept online at the UC Berkeley Housing Portal. Complete your contract by providing your online signature and making a security deposit. Both the signature and security deposit are required to confirm your housing reservation. Students are responsible for monitoring their e-mail and informing the Cal Housing office of any change in their e-mail address.
Student Housing Cooperatives (Non-UC Housing)
Berkeley Student Cooperative (BSC)
Address: 2424 Ridge Rd, Berkeley
Phone: (510) 848-1936
Priority Status: UCEAP students are given priority on the placement wait list.
Application Deadline: No deadline but early application is encouraged. Students are added to the waiting list and placed as space becomes available. Housing is not guaranteed.
Notification of Housing Assignments: Sent by e-mail. Students are welcome to contact the office by e-mail to check the status of their application.
The Berkeley Student Cooperative is independent and is not a part of UC Housing. Do not sign a contract with both the BSC and UC Housing.
When completing the application form, students should identify themselves as Education Abroad Program students to benefit from priority status on the placement wait list.
Co-ops provide a living environment that may be very different from living in a campus residence hall. Students may find smaller co-op houses quieter and cleaner while larger co-ops provide opportunities for meeting a greater variety of students.
Featured Housing option: Cloyne Court - substance-free academic theme house.
Community Housing (Non-UC Housing)
This office offers housing listings (ads) and practical advice for UC students seeking housing in the community.
Address: 2610 Channing Way #2272, University of California, Berkeley
Walk-in hours: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Phone: (510) 642-3644 (phone hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
Instructions: Contact Cal Rentals for advising and a personalized listing of off-campus housing that will meet your needs. If you are not able to secure housing before you depart your home country, plan to arrive early in the 30 pre-program arrival period to search for housing. (See program start date in Arrival Information and Orientation Section.)
Note: If you have a CalNet ID, use your ID. If you do not yet have a CalNet ID, select the "Guest House Hunters"
login to register. In your confirmation email, identify yourself in an e-mail as an UCEAP student. UCEAP provides the names of applicants to Cal Rentals for identification purposes.
Other Housing Resources (Non-UC Housing)
Students should be aware that this housing is not UC sponsored or endorsed and that unless advised to do so by Cal Rentals staff, you should not rent prior to arrival when you can visit the rental in person. Beware of scams- Do not send money in advance to anyone you meet online.