Find longer-term housing and additional rental information and resources here.
Intersection Apartments (Single Postdocs & UCB Graduate Students Only)
Cal Housing has a new furnished housing option at the Intersection Apartments, an independent-living option for single graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Located in Emeryville not far from the Bay, the building is only three miles from the UC Berkeley campus (about a 15-minute drive or 30-minute bus ride on AC Transit bus line Transbay F). Housing is available for the spring semester; apply now via the Cal Housing portal.
Get matched to live with a University of California retiree in the Berkeley area and possibly form life-long friendships with the Home Match program starting in Spring 2022.
Rentable (formerly ABODO) is a free, online, third-party resource (not affiliated with UC) that advertises rental vacancies. Type 'Berkeley CA' in the search box to examine rental listings in and near Berkeley. Use the filters to fine-tune your search criteria. Click here to access Rentable.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Craigslist Bay Area
This is a public listing site from people all over the Bay Area. It is widely used by landlords and property managers to advertise rental vacancies in and near Berkeley. Individuals also advertise furniture, household goods, and many other items they want to sell or give away. Please be aware that this is not a university-affiliated resource and to be wary of any scams.
Craigslist Bay Area
This is the go-to resource for visiting academics to see furnished rental advertisements near academic institutions world-wide. Here you will find the homes of UC Berkeley faculty who are going on sabbatical leave and other professionals who seek to rent to like-minded people coming to Berkeley to teach or do research. The typical rental is for a semester or an academic year, although many of the rental listings are for flexible periods.
Berkeley International Office (BIO): Our friends at BIO have a great housing resource page you may find useful as well as their Living in Berkeley page.
Academic Housing Rentals: Find fully-furnished, dorm-style housing, move-in ready, and fully equipped homes close to UC Berkeley campus & Downtown Berkeley Bart.
HouseStay: HouseStay offers a curated selection of fully furnished turnkey apartments and homes available for rent for 30 nights or more. The cost is calculated by how many nights you reside in the rental, similar to a hotel. The monthly costs advertised on this site are often much higher than typical rents.
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.
Cirtru: Find rentals and roommates through personalized search results.
Information for Renters
Peruse this handy list of services on off-campus housing covering topics from "Rental Housing Safety" to "When to Look".
Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board is where you can learn about rental information and rights in the City of Berkeley.