Visiting Researcher Scholars may, without the payment of tuition, confer with faculty members, audit classes and participate in seminars with the consent of the instructor. However, this does not apply to courses offered by Summer Sessions or University Extension. Visitors should be aware that they cannot expect other units, especially libraries, to provide them with work space.
The following privileges are available to visiting researcher scholars:
CALNET ID NUMBER and ID CARD: Cal 1 Card Office, 180 Cesar Chavez Center, Lower Sproul Plaza
E-MAIL: bConnected, 510-664-9000, options 1, then 2, then 5
INTERNET/WI-FI ACCESS: IST UC Berkeley, Information on accessing the campus Wi-Fi network and available options.
LIBRARY: Doe Library, Main Circulation Desk, Cards and Privileges: 510-642-6647
PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION: Parking Office, 2150 Kittredge Street: General Information - 510-642-4283; Permit Issuance - 510-643-7701; fax - 510-642-9004
You are entitled to obtain a Fee Lot Permit for use in campus parking lots at the faculty/staff rate upon presentation of their VSPA identification card. All visiting researcher scholars are eligible to purchase campus shuttle services and to receive significant discounts with the AC Transit bus system by signing up for the EasyPass system through the Parking and Transportation Office.
VISITING RESEARCHER SCHOLAR HEALTH INSURANCE: Garnett-Powers & Associates
UNIVERSITY HEALTH SERVICES: Tang Center
Visiting Researcher Scholars and their spouses can use the Tang Center for health care services on a fee-for-service basis. Payment is due at the time of service. For more information, view this link.
FOOTBALL TICKET DISCOUNTS: Intercollegiate Athletics, 2223 Fulton Street: 510-642-3277
Visiting researcher scholars may purchase up to two season tickets for Cal football games at the faculty/staff rate.
CAL REC CLUB MEMBERSHIP, RECREATIONAL SPORTS FACILITY: Cal Rec Club, 2301 Bancroft Way: 510-642-7796
Visiting researcher scholars with valid VPSA identification cards will receive discounted Cal Rec Club membership at the Recreational Sports Facility (RSF), Strawberry Canyon Recreation Area (SCRA), Golden Bear Recreation Center (GBRC), and Edwards Track. All of the following are available with membership: five outdoor swimming pools, strength training with Cybex machines and free weights, cardiovascular machines, aerobics and fitness classes, tennis, racquetball, squash, handball, basketball, volleyball, badminton, massage therapy and much more. Membership information is available at the RSF Cashier's Station, open seven days a week, with calendars and program information posted on the website.
HOUSING: Housing Office, 2610 Bowditch Street
Cal Rentals - Visiting researcher scholar appointees are eligible to use faculty/staff housing services for a fee (510-642-3644)
Additional Rental listings (Berkeley/East Bay area): ApartmentList (Berkeley)
PLEASE NOTE: Use of VSPA affiliate titles for publicity purposes must be approved by the chairperson of the department or the director of ORU with which the scholar is affiliated.