Cal Rentals has listings of local rentals and is available to students, faculty, staff and visiting scholars. Incoming visiting scholars can have access to this listing when they have an approved appointment from our office (Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs Program). If your appointment has already begun and you have a Cal Net ID, you can register by going to the following link and then pressing "Sign Up" under "UCB Students, Faculty and Staff". When you register, you should list your affiliation as "Faculty/Staff": https://och.berkeley.edu/registration
For off-campus housing resources, including listings from apartments in surrounding areas that are connected to Berkeley by BART, please go to this website here: Off-Campus Housing
ABODO is a free, online, third-party resource (not affiliated with UC) that connects you with an assistant to find the right rental for you without any hassle. ABODO assistants can chat with you online through their app but can also accommodate users with whatever means of communications they need.
Click here to access ABODO.
Our office also maintains a mailing list (it is called the postdocnet listserv, but visiting scholars and landlords also subscribe to this list). Subscribers often post ads like furniture for sale, housemates wanted, or room/apartment available. You can subscribe by going to this link here. After subscribing to the listserv, you can receive postings from members that include landlords or send postings by simply emailing an announcement to email@example.com
This is a public listing from people all over the Bay Area. Please be aware that this is not a university-affiliated resource and to be wary of any scams.
Craigslist Bay Area
Padmapper: This website maps out apartments, letting you filter for exactly what you want in specific areas.
HotPads: Similar to Padmapper, HotPads is another map-based rental search website.
Air BnB: Air BnB connects people who have spare rooms with those who are looking for a place to stay and is particularly useful for in need of short term housing accomodations.
ABODO: This website/app provides a map view of local apartments and houses for rent, as well as personalized assistance to find places to stay.
NeighborhoodScout: NeighborhoodScout is a search engine that uses statistics to build neighborhood profiles that allow individuals to find out information such as nearby school information, housing costs, crime rates, and more so that individuals can choose a home best suited for them.
Berkeley International Office also has a page with resources and tips on finding houses on their website here.
Berkeley Graduate Division: "What You Need to Know About Finding Housing in Berkeley"
CalRentals has a list of services that they provide to postdoctoral and visiting scholars, and has compiled a list of information covering topics from "Rental Housing Safety" to "When to Look".
Great Schools: A website that assists in selecting a school district that suits your family's needs.
Free School Report: From HomeFair, this website provides school reports containing detailed information from public and private schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Procedures for Berkeley School Enrollment: This handout gives information on how to enroll your children in Berkeley public schools.