Please visit the main Move-In page for the most updated information, and watch your email for important updates leading up to the fall semester.
Fall 2023 Move-In Schedule
New Incoming Students (First-Year and Transfer): August 15-16, 2023
Continuing (Returning) Students: Sunday, August 20 beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Page last updated May 5, 2023.
- Where do I go on my Move-In day?
Plan to arrive at your housing location at the start of your move-in time slot and park in the designated temporary unloading zone. Members of Cal Housing will be there to greet you and help you check in.
Street addresses for residence halls and apartments:
- Unit 1 - 2650 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720
- Unit 2 - 2650 Haste Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720
- Unit 3 - 2400 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720
- Blackwell Hall - 2401 Durant Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704
- Channing-Bowditch - 2535 Channing Way, Berkeley 94720 (Go to the Maximino Martinez Commons to check in.)
- Clark Kerr - 2601 Warring Street, Berkeley, CA 94720
- Enclave Apartments - 2503 Haste St, Berkeley, CA 94704
- Maximino Martinez Commons - 2520 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720
- New Sequoia - 2441 Haste Street, Berkeley, CA 94704
- Panoramic Berkeley - 2539 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
- Wada Apartments - 2650 Haste Street, Berkeley, CA 94720
- What will parking be like?
Please check back in early August for information about parking and directions during Move-In.
- How do I move my belongings?
The best way to get you and your belongings to your room is to bring them yourself, with the help of up to two family members or supporters. Berkeley’s central location makes it accessible to most shipping companies. Contact companies ahead of time to confirm any service changes due to COVID-19 and to check what items they will ship (e.g., electronics, bicycles, fragile items) and the maximum size and weight for packages.
Some carriers will hold the items you ship for one or more days at a nominal charge. A few deliver directly to your hall. If you will be using a delivery service to ship your belongings, please contact your housing unit (Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3, Blackwell, Clark Kerr, Martinez Commons) for information about where items can be dropped off. Coordinate with storage companies in advance and be sure to allow time to arrange for moving your belongings from the shipping destination to your room. Reservations and/or prepayment may be required. Insurance may also be offered. Check what is available in your area.Have a plan for moving items into your room, as only you and your two helpers will be able to access your residence. We are unable to accept any packages arriving prior to your move-in day, and we cannot allow shipping companies direct access to student spaces. Note that your two helpers must be the same two people.
- Can I have more than two helpers if there are only two people with me in the building at a time?You will need to choose two unique helpers to assist you during your move-in time slot, and only those two people will have access to your building. The two-helper limit will help reduce the number of unique visitors who will cross paths inside housing units. This is a preventative health measure like the requirement for everyone to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth.
- As the parent (or relative, or friend) who assisted with moving in, can I spend the night in my student's residence hall?
No, you will need to stay at a hotel or other local accommodation. Family members and other supporters are not permitted to stay overnight in campus housing. Berkeley’s visitor bureau, Visit Berkeley, provides a list of local hotel options, the majority of which are California Hotel and Lodging Association “Clean and Safe Certified”, and available for those who need a clean and convenient space to stay while their students move in. Also, see the Cal Rentals hotel list.
- What's in my room?
Please see the My Room webpage for current details.
Rooms are furnished with extra-long twin single beds and/or bunk beds, desks, chairs, and drawer space for each student. They also include closets, mirrors, wastebaskets, bookshelves, general lighting, and curtains.
New Sequoia private rooms in apartments may have Full XL size beds.
- What will I need for my room?
Review the Move-In Checklist for a full list of what to bring, and what not to bring. Also, if you bring your own hand truck, your move will be easier.
Please note: Due to safety concerns, halogen lights are not permitted.
Housekeeping services are provided in common areas only. We do not clean your room during the semester. A vacuum is available for use in your room, and you are encouraged to bring a few cleaning supplies like a spray cleaner and sponge.
- May I bring my own refrigerator and/or microwave?
No, personal microwaves and refrigerators are not allowed in residence hall rooms. Residence hall rooms include a MicroChill refrigerator and microwave combination in each room. Most residence hall contracts include an “Equipment Fee” for the use of the Microchill unit. The fee is split among residents in a room, so your Equipment Fee will be lower if you share a room. (Blackwell Hall residents will not pay the added fee, as the cost of these appliances were already incorporated into their rates.) The fee is included in our Living in a Residence Hall Financial Aid budget. Further information on the fee is available on the Rates page.
- Are there any live-in staff members in the residence halls?
Each residence hall complex is coordinated by a Resident Director, a professional staff member who oversees the residential program in their living community. Each hall or area within the Unit is staffed with well-trained and enthusiastic student staff who serve as resident assistants, theme program advisors, program assistants, and security coordinators. See the staff directory for more information. They assist with the residents’ educational and social activities and help maintain community standards. The primary goal of the Residential & Student Service Programs staff is to facilitate the formation of a community that encourages academic success and cultural development of students living in the University residence halls and family housing. This purpose extends beyond merely providing basic needs such as food and shelter; it also encourages the development of active living and learning environments.
- How do I get a parking permit for the semester or year?
Students are discouraged from bringing a car to campus. Students living in the city of Berkeley and other areas close to campus are generally not eligible for campus parking permits. For more information, visit the Student Parking page of the Parking and Transportation website.
- What about safety and security in the residence halls?
We are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for students in the residence halls. The Residential Life Health and Safety webpage has details on the services described below, as well as additional tips for staying safe on campus.
The Security Monitor Program is in place at Units 1, 2, and 3 and Martinez Commons. Security Monitors are student staff who have been hired to work in the residence halls. Their main responsibilities include assisting with the safety of the buildings at night and being a resource to residents. Clark Kerr and Foothill (including Stern) are monitored by the UCPD CSO program and have stations at both locations.
BearWALK (Night Safety Escort Service) is available to students by calling 642.WALK or visiting BearWalk.berkeley.edu. BearWALK provides student Community Service Officers (CSOs) in CSO uniforms, fully trained and equipped with radios, who are available to provide a walking escort to nearby residences, public transportation or parking facilities. For more information and hours of operation, visit the Night Safety Services website.
The Night Walking Routes on the central campus have been identified as the most frequented and well-lighted paths to use at night. Students and staff are strongly encouraged to use them and to walk with friends at night. A map showing these routes will be provided at check-in.
- What kind of academic support is there for students?
Academic Services Centers exist in Units 1, 2, and 3, Foothill, Clark Kerr Campus and Martinez Commons. Services provided by Academic Services Centers include tutoring, computing centers, faculty programs, courses, and advising. Also available are study strategies workshops, quiet study areas, learning resources and opportunities for student involvement. All computing centers have Macintosh and IBM/PC compatible computers running the latest software applications.
For additional Academic Services Center information, visit their website.
- What is a Cal 1 Card?
The Cal 1 Card is your campus identification card, used for your meal plan, your library card, your debit card, and many other campus resources. The Cal 1 Card can also be used at off-campus resources as well. To get your Cal 1 Card, bring a valid (i.e. not expired) government-issued photo ID (e.g., State ID, Driver's License, or passport) on your move-in day. For more information about your Cal 1 Card, please visit cal1card.berkeley.edu or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How will I get my meals?
If you live in a residence hall, a standard meal plan (Blue Plan) is included in your room and board. Your Cal 1 Card will be automatically loaded on your meal plan, which is your student identification card.
Visit caldining.berkeley.edu or contact email@example.com for meal plan information, locations, hours and menus.
- What medical precautions do I need to take before I come to campus?
Visit the UHS page about required vaccines to learn more about campus requirements, a timeline for when you’ll need to take each step, how to submit your records, and more. Note that, among other requirements, the UC system requires students in to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and boosters. Learn more about COVID-19 requirements.
Plan for chronic conditions.
If you have a chronic medical condition such as diabetes, asthma or cancer, you may want to obtain a health summary from your recent health care provider(s) and bring it with you to campus. It will help the staff at UHS, located in the Tang Center, provide the best care possible. We recommend that you select a Tang Center Primary Care Provider and make an appointment soon after your arrival on campus to establish care and share this information.
Bring enough of your ongoing medications for the first month of school and a copy of your prescription. Plan ahead for refills.
Bring a first-aid kit, and make sure it includes a thermometer and ibuprofen or Tylenol.
Know how your medical plan works.
Health insurance is a condition of enrollment for UC students. Cal students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), and charged the SHIP fee on the campus E-Bill, unless they show that they have comparable coverage through another plan. Students may waive enrollment in SHIP by completing an online waiver form by the deadline listed online. SHIP covers services at UHS as well as emergency room visits, hospitalization, mental health care and off campus specialty services. SHIP also includes dental coverage.
Students who do not have SHIP should carry their insurance card with them at all times, and have easy access to a summary of their plan's benefits.
All students may use UHS services, regardless of whether they have SHIP or another health plan.
For Insurance information call the Student Health Insurance Office at 510.642.5700.
To reach University Health Services, call 510.642.2000 (TTY/TDD for the hearing impaired at 510.643.1233).
- How do I set up my internet connection in my room?
Wi-Fi access is provided throughout the residence halls, supported by Student Technology Services.
EduRoam is the recommended Wi-Fi network for students. To connect to Eduroam, you will first need to create a login key. Find more information about Wifi Services.
Student Technology Services also provides direct technical support and troubleshooting to all residents and can help students with network or technical issues. For information about Student Technology Services and resources, check the Student Technology Services welcome folder (distributed during Move-In) or studenttech.berkeley.edu.