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There are many resources available to students pursuing graduate studies at UC Berkeley. A brief synopsis of what you need to know can be found in "A Guide for New Graduate Students: Where to Begin" (PDF)

Student Life

Housing & Cal Dining

Graduate Student Housing information for students includes University Housing, Alternative Housing, Cal Rentals, International House, and more.

Cal Rentals is the University’s rental service which offers information on all options, both on-campus and off-campus housing, and also provides a rental listing service for a small fee.

International House (I-House) is for students and scholars from around the world and across the U.S. who want to live in a dynamic residential center dedicated to cross-cultural understanding for a more peaceful world. 60 percent of the residents are graduate students.

Graduate Student Meal Plan is a reduced meal plan designed for graduate students to eat at the four residence dining commons and eleven resident and on-campus retail locations.

Financial Resources & Employment

Career Center has workshops, events and online resources that can help you find job announcements, prepare your credentials, and bring you face-to-face with potential employers.

Financial Aid important information for graduate students about student loans and federal student aid.

Work-Study is a federally subsidized hourly-wage job program.

Graduate Fellowships information about Graduate Fellowships.

GSI Resource Center provides teaching support for new and continuing GSIs and prepares graduate students for the teaching they may do in future academic and nonacademic careers.

Graduate Student Appointments administers policy related to graduate student academic titles. You’ll find helpful information in What You Need to Know About Being a GSI, GSR, or Tutor.

Health & Wellness

University Health Services (UHS) at the Tang Center provides comprehensive medical care, counseling, health promotion, and public services to Berkeley students. Learn more about UHS and the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).

Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) University Health Services provides group and individual counseling for students on a variety of personal, academic, and career-related issues.

Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) for $10 per semester, you will have access to swimming pools, racquetball and handball courts, weight room, cardiovascular machines, basketball, volleyball, badminton courts, intramural sports leagues, exercise classes, and more.

Cal Adventures is the Outdoor Experiential Education Program at UC Berkeley. They offer instructional sailing, paddleboarding, windsurfing, sea kayaking, rock climbing and rappelling classes as well as various custom designed trips and day programs.

Campus Safety

Find information on campus security programs and statistics, night escort service, and emergency preparedness. Safety Counts, the campus annual security report, containing comprehensive safety information, including campus crime statistics, and emergency and disaster preparedness guidelines.

Emergency Preparedness
The Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP) has information on how to prepare for earthquakes, fires, and other major emergencies.

WarnME is the campus alert system. As a Graduate Student you have been automatically enrolled in WarnME, Log into http://warnme.berkeley.edu to set your alerting priorities and remember “SMS text” is the fastest method to receive alerts.

Getting Around

Parking & Transportation information about parking permits, campus shuttles, and alternative transportation.

511 SF Bay Transit Information provides schedules for, and information about ridesharing & trip planning, and major Bay Area public transportation systems, including BART, San Francisco MUNI, Caltrain, and AC Transit.

International Students

Berkeley International Office enhances the academic experiences of international students and scholars by providing the highest levels of knowledge and expertise in advising, immigration services, advocacy, and programming to the UC Berkeley campus community. They also provide advising on non-immigrant visa matters, financial, personal and cultural issues.

Students with Families

The University’s Early Childhood Education Program serves registered Berkeley student parents with children.

Financial Assistance for Students with Families learn more about the financial assistance programs that aid student families, and provide resources in the search for affordable housing.

Student Family & Child Care Resources information about student family services on and off campus.

The Policy on Accommodation of Research Doctoral Student Parents provides information about the accommodations for research doctoral students who are undergoing childbirth or coping with other serious parenting demands. Students can apply for continued support through the Childbirth Accommodation Fund by completing the Petition for Childbirth Accommodation Funding (PDF).

Families Matter (PDF) A quick guide for graduate student parents at UC Berkeley.

The Berkeley Parents Network contains recommendations and advice contributed by members of the Berkeley Parents Network, a parent-to-parent email network for the community of parents in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Campus Resources & Services

The Registrar is responsible for class enrollment and registration, fee assessment, verifying graduation, diplomas, preservation of student academic records and protection of their privacy, transcripts, and maintenance of the schedule of classes, reservations for over 200 classrooms on campus, residency determinations, and assistance for special populations such as veterans.

Tele-BEARS is the interactive computer system that allows you to enroll in classes via the Internet.

Bear Facts is a system that will provide information regarding your registration, grades, financial aid, billing, class schedule, and more. Use Bear Facts to update your postal address, email address, and telephone information, view and order copies of your academic transcript, access your e-Bill, and more.

CalNet ID is your online identity at Berkeley. You are required to enter your CalNet ID and passphrase in order to use any of the student systems. Your CalNet ID combined with @berkeley.edu is your campus email address. You can create your CalNet ID online.

Cal Student Central serves as a key destination for questions and concerns related to financial aid, fees and billing, payments, disbursements, registration and enrollment. Student Central is a key spot with service-oriented, cross-trained staff who address student concerns and questions without needing to refer them elsewhere.

Student Billing Services has information about University loans and your Campus Accounts Receivable System (CARS) account.

Residency Information provides a full residence policy that governs residency classification for students.

Financial Aid has important information for graduate students about student loans and federal student aid.

Cal 1 Card is the UC Berkeley official identification card. The Cal 1 Card has three functions: 1) It is your official Berkeley photo ID card, 2) It comes with a declining balance debit account and 3) It is your access card to campus benefits including library and health services.

bConnected is the campus email, calendar, and document-sharing service. Your @berkeley.edu email address will be used by professors, departments, and University administration to send you important student information on registration status, enrolling in classes, financial aid, and class assignments. Your campus calendar may be used to schedule meetings, office hours, etc. The bConnected website includes links to campus policies for email and data security.

Software Central lists a wide variety of software available for free or low-cost download to the campus community. You will need your CalNet ID and passphrase to download software.

Student Records Berkeley Campus Policy Governing Disclosure provides the campus policy that is used for disclosure of student records. As a student, you will have a variety of records maintained by the University of California. Disclosure of information contained in these records is governed by state and federal law and by campus policy.

Libraries UC Berkeley is home to one of the finest research libraries in the country, encompassing over 11 million items housed in over 20 libraries, in addition to access to extensive electronic resources.

Library Research Services for Graduate Students UC Berkeley Library resources for Graduate Students.

Campus Support Services

Graduate Diversity Program (GDP) provides services for prospective and continuing students on the Berkeley campus in an effort to maintain a more diverse graduate student community.

American Indian Program (AIGP) offers outreach and recruitment, advice and advocacy, and other services to promote the inclusion of American Indians and Alaska Natives in graduate education.

Disabled Students' Resources provides a wide range of services, including federal and state mandated services and accommodations for eligible students with verified disabilities, non-mandated services, and exam proctoring services for faculty.

Gender & Equity Resource Center is a Cal community center committed to fostering a safe, equitable and inclusive experience for all. GenEq is the campus location where students, faculty, staff and alumni connect for resources, services, education and leadership programs related to gender and sexuality.

The Ombuds Office provides a safe, calm, and professional setting in which to address difficult and complex matters, operating with the utmost integrity and the highest professional standards.

Getting Involved

Cal Corps Public Service Center is charged with coordinating student volunteer and community service programs.
Graduate Assembly is the graduate student arm of the Berkeley student government.
Graduate Social Club organizes events for grad students to meet and mingle.
Student Organizations a complete listing of over 400 student groups.

Arts & Recreation

Berkeley Art Studio information on classes and events hosted by the Berkeley Art Studio.
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive information on art exhibits, film screenings, collections, and more.
Cal Performances information on dance, theater, music and other events at Berkeley's Zellerbach Auditorium.
California Golden Bears is the official web site of California Golden Bears, Cal Athletics; includes team schedules and ticket information.
KALX Radio Station learn more about how to participate in KALX, Berkeley's community and student radio station.
YWCA, Berkeley has classes, programs and volunteer opportunities and is located on Bancroft and Bowditch.
East Bay Regional Parks learn about the many parks and outdoor activities right in our own backyard!

Stay Informed

Grad News website for the most up to date news on events, deadlines, graduate research and other news of interest to the graduate community. The home of eGrad, Graduate Division’s electronic newsletter.

Last Updated: September 20, 2013 4:38 PM