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Graduate Students

As a UC Berkeley graduate student, you are not only joining a thriving intellectual community — you are moving to one of the world’s most desirable places to live. During your time here, you can experience the best of the Bay Area — from hiking by the bay or in the hills, to exploring our vibrant food scene, to tapping into the cultural offerings of San Francisco, Oakland and beyond. This page provides resources to help support you as you begin your housing search.

Graduate Student Apartments

Single graduate students can apply for on-campus housing in one of these four apartment complexes:

Ida Jackson House

Ida Jackson House

Located one block from the campus, the complex offers space for 120 graduate students in two-, three-, four-, five-, and six-bedroom shared apartments.



An independent-living option for single graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in studio, one-, two-, and four-bedroom configurations. Located three miles from the campus, the complex is within walking distance of many shopping centers and local businesses.



Located three blocks from the southwestern corner of campus at Shattuck Avenue and Channing Way, Manville Apartments are within walking distance of downtown Berkeley, near shops, banks, movie theaters, restaurants, and public transportation.

xučyun ruwway Apartments (opening August 2024)

xučyun ruwway Apartments (opening August 2024)

Fully-furnished apartments with single-occupancy bedrooms for both undergraduate and graduate students. Located on a direct AC Transit bus line to campus, xučyun ruwway is adjacent to a Sprouts grocery store, a coffee shop, walk-up ATM and other amenities. Work out in the on-site fitness center, unwind with friends in lush outdoor courtyards, enjoy the outdoor grill area, or study in well-appointed community spaces.

Applications Open for 2024-25 Graduate Student Housing 

Applications for 2024-25 housing are now being accepted and processed on a rolling basis. Apply for housing at UC Berkeley through our Housing Application portal. Once you have signed in, choose the Single Student Apartments option.

Apply for Housing

Living in Family Student Housing (University-owned)

For graduate students who are married/partnered, with or without children, or who are single parents, you may want to consider University Village, UC Berkeley’s 58-acre complex located 3.5 miles west of campus. With 974 apartment and townhouses, University Village has its own recreational and community center, laundry rooms, and child care center.

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Why Choose Campus Housing

As a graduate student, you’ll want to take advantage of all that Berkeley has to offer. 

The best way to do that? Living in campus housing. With prime locations, on-site support and convenient amenities, you can build your graduate student community right at your doorstep.

Our housing rates include a wide range of amenities and other advantages:

  • No credit checks or need for cosigners
  • Lower deposit ($500) than off-campus landlords (usually at least 1 month’s rent)
  • Wifi and most utilities are included
  • Usually furnished including kitchen appliances; laundry access in unit or building
  • Convenience of billing through CalCentral
  • Independent contracts: You won’t be held responsible if an apartment-mate moves out early
  • Convenient locations near campus or public transit

Living in Off-campus Housing

Most grad students live in off-campus rental housing in Berkeley or one of the surrounding communities. The University’s Cal Rentals housing service is free for students and has resources and listings to help you find off-campus housing. If you choose to find private housing on your own, especially if you’re a new student or new to renting, we recommend you explore Cal Rentals’ free advising and rental resources.

A new off-campus option opening in Fall 2023 is the Academe at 198, a residential apartment community in San Francisco for graduate and professional school students.