Eligibility and Conditions of Tenancy

The University of California, Berkeley, offers one Family Student Housing (FSH) option: University Village in Albany. Over the years, University Village has become an active, supportive community for students juggling family and educational responsibilities. A month-to-month rental agreement is required.

Student Applicants

Eligible applicants must be a registered UC Berkeley undergraduate or graduate student, and:

  • single and living with child(ren) under the age of 18 or dependent minor(s) for at least 50% of the year1
  • married or partnered and living with child(ren) or dependent minor(s) under the age of 18 for at least 50% of the year
  • single and under the age of 18, dependent, and living with parent or legal custodian
  • couples, married or in a domestic partnership, without children
  • single and living with a dependent over the age of 182
  • single graduate or re-entry student (eligible for 1-bedroom apartments only)

Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Scholar (PDVS) Applicants

Eligible applicants must be Postdoctoral Fellows or Visiting Scholars who have an appointment with UC Berkeley, are currently registered with the Visiting Scholar and Postdoctoral Affairs (vspa.berkeley.edu) office, and:

  • single and living with child(ren) under the age of 18 or dependent minor(s) for at least 50% of the year1
  • married or partnered and living with child(ren) or dependent minor(s) under the age of 18 for at least 50% of the year

Important information for PDVS applicants:

  • PDVS are offered apartments only when there are no students on the wait list. Because student demand is typically high for West Village apartments, we expect that PDVS applicants will receive offers for East Village apartments only.
  • Due to high student demand during the beginning of semesters, i.e. May to September for Fall, and December to January for Spring, PDVS will not be accommodated during these critical periods. PDVS are further advised to find alternative housing for short terms. Note: Priority will be given to PDVS with more than 6 months remaining in their appointment.
  • PDVS Occupancy Limit - PDVS are allowed to stay in Family Student Housing until June 30th following their first year of occupancy, or until their appointment expires, whichever occurs first (24-month maximum)

¹ A single-parent or guardian must have custody at least 50% of the year. Proof of custody for biological parents includes a Custody Agreement and/or preschool or school enrollment verification. Proof of custody for non-parent guardianship would include a statement from the biological parents as to how the guardian provides support, an affidavit or a notarized statement of legal guardianship, a Medical Power of attorney, preschool or school enrollment verification.

² Dependent over 18 applies to a parent or child(ren) where the student provides a documented family need (e.g. financial, medical), not just a convenience.

Due to high student demand for Family Student Housing, there have been recent updates in eligibility guidelines. Effective September 1, 2014, new applications from the following categories are no longer eligible for housing at University Village, and your application will be cancelled without refund:

  • Postdoctoral Fellows and Visiting Scholars without children
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Lab affiliates
  • Staff

The following guidelines will be observed before an apartment is assigned:

  • All family members must be in residence from the beginning of tenancy
  • At least one adult must be registered in a degree program at the University of California at Berkeley
  • Persons who have been evicted from Family Student Housing or have previously breached a University rental agreement will be considered unacceptable for future tenancy