Daily Life

Food Shopping:
Berkeley Bowl: Great Deals on produce in two locations. The other stuff (bread, meat, cheese, etc.) is all organic and ergo very expensive, though. But the prices for fruit and veggies are really cheap.

Monterey Market: This is another great place in Berkeley to shop for produce while not having to spend a fortune. The market can be very busy on the weekends.

Berkeley Farmer's Market: You like organic food and love to shop local? Then this is the place for you. Check out the different locations and days.

California DMV
: This is the place you want to go to in order to get your California driver's license or your ID card. Bring some time, there is always a wait. Or make an appointment online.

Social Security Office Berkeley: The Social Security Office will assist you with getting your Social Security Number and all issues associated with it. Enter Zip Code 94704.

Public Transit:
Public Transit 511.org
: This website will tell you how to get from A to B. You can print out bus schedules, check on fares and plan your trips with BART, bus, muni or streetcar.

Amtrak: American train service. Berkeley does have a train station!

The ClipperCard: This FREE card is great for getting around on public transit in the Bay Area. You can load money on it (in all Wallgreen's drug stores and ticket machines in BART stations) and then use this cool card for ALL public transportation in the ENTIRE Bay Area. Just swipe it when you board the bus. You won't even have to get transfers anymore.

City Car Share and Zipcars: These two Car-Sharing-Corporations have many locations in Berkeley. Both have special offers for UC Berkeley students and faculty.


Telephone, DSL and Cable TV:


EBMUD, Phone: (510) 287-1380

Electricity & Gas:
Pacific Gas & Electric, Residential Services Phone: (800) 743-5000


Bank of America
Downtown branch:
2129 Shattuck Avenue
(510) 649-6600

Bank of the West
1480 Shattuck Avenue
(510) 649-9191

2000 Shattuck Avenue
(510) 843-0600

Mechanics Bank
2301 Shattuck Avenue
(510) 647-0720

Wells Fargo
Downtown branch:
2144 Shattuck Avenue
(800) 869-3557