Housing options for graduate students fall into three categories: University owned and operated, group housing alternatives and off-campus rental housing. Most grad students live in off-campus rental housing in Berkeley or one of the surrounding communities. The University’s Cal Rentals office can assist you with making informed choices about on and off-campus housing. These websites are a great place to start looking for on- and off- campus housing options in and around Berkeley:
University Housing applications are reviewed on a rolling first come, first serve basis. Make sure to apply early!
Although geared towards international students, the following website provides additional tools and advice on housing around the UC Berkeley campus. The Daily Californian (our school newspaper) also did an issue regarding housing in 2018.
Housing & Roommate Search Groups (no official University affiliations)
Graduate Student Housing Facebook Group
Housing – Open Facebook Group
Berkeley Housing, Sublets & Roommates Facebook Group
Berkeley Off-Campus Housing Anywhere Facebook Group
Berkeley International Office Search Tool
Property Management Companies
Fully Furnished & Community-Style Living
Academic Housing Rentals
The Berk on College
Gorrill House (G-House)
Hudson McDonald Properties
Berkeley Student Cooperative
Gibbs Hall – Dorm-styles rooms are available across the courtyard from Shires Hall. Dorm-style rooms are available for $1500 a month. There is a large shared lounge, shared bathrooms, a kitchen, laundry facilities, and free wifi. Contact the housing manager at 510-204-0700 or email email@example.com for more information and an application.
Mills College – Located in the Oakland Hills about 10 miles from UC Berkeley, Mills College is an independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. Mills makes rooms available to UC Berkeley students who are self-identified women as well as students assigned female at birth who do not identify with the gender binary. Housing features include:
- Double, single, or super-single rooms (the academic year rate for a room at Mills is about $8,000 less than a comparable UC Berkeley housing assignment)
- Mills shuttle service to BART and the UC Berkeley campus
- On-campus parking available for $60/year
- Modified meal plan for use at Mills College