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Your Berkeley Experience Starts in the Residence Halls.

UC Berkeley’s housing not only provides you with an array of choices but also is a jumping-off place for lifelong friendships. All new students will receive housing priority. Be sure to meet the housing application deadlines!

And, just to give you an idea of how important residence housing is to us and our students: Approximately 7,000 total undergraduates – about 27% – live in university housing. In the past few years, 95% or more of entering freshmen live in university housing.


Residence halls provide you with a meal plan, Academic Services Centers, security monitor programs, live-in health workers, computing centers, tutoring, advising, in-room data lines, and a community that cares about you and your academic success.

Types of Housing

From traditional high-rise residence halls to suite environments, from single-gender living to theme programs, you will find a housing choice that fits your needs and provides a supportive community.

“Theme houses” (also known as Theme Programs) offer a unique opportunitiy for students to live with students who share an interest or identity.

The campus also maintains more than 1,000 apartments for students who are married, single parents, or domestic partners.

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Housing Options

Cal Dining

Theme Programs

Residential & Housing Services