Parking & Directions During Move-In
You will be issued a 4-hour parking permit at the start of your Move-In time slot. Before or after that time, parking is available at City of Berkeley lots or curbside spots that are not closed for Move-In. If you are in one of the pre-approved programs for early Move-In on August 13, please see the section below titled Early Move-In August 13 for details.
In August, at the start of your Move-In time slot, drive directly to your housing Unit building (see maps below for Unit 1, 2, 3, Clark Kerr Campus, Foothill, or Stern) to check in. Park in the unloading area. Upon arrival, you will need to show a Move-In staff member your Move-In time slot confirmation (printed or on your smartphone) to get your complimentary 4-hour parking permit.
You will be given a complimentary 4-hour parking permit that gives you access to a space in one of the campus lots listed below. A Move-In staff member will write the start time and end time on your permit. Place your parking permit on the car dashboard so it is visible.
The back of the parking permit will include more details about your parking options when your permit expires, and some additional information (what will happen if you leave your car parked after the permit expires, why there is limited move-in parking available, the times for parent orientation sessions).
Parking locations for use with a Move-In Parking Permit:
Smyth Lot, near CKC
Lower Hearst Structure Level 2 Only
Upper Hearst Levels 3 & 4 Only
For January Move-In, it is recommended that you park on the street or in a university parking lot. You will need to follow instructions to pay for parking in accordance with any parking meter or garage charges for the day and time that you arrive.
Please see details below for which lots are most convenient to each residence hall, and visit Parking and Transportation for more information on getting to campus and parking. Street parking is also available, but it is metered or has time limits. Plan ahead and review directions and maps prior to arriving. Move-In is on a weekday, so please be prepared for weekday traffic and additional traffic in and around campus related to Move-In.
UC Berkeley campus map with an option to highlight and view all the residence halls, dining facilities, and campus restaurants at once.
For general driving directions to the UC Berkeley campus, see Visitor Services.
Street addresses for residence halls
- Unit 1 - 2650 Durant Avenue
- Unit 2 - 2650 Haste Avenue
- Unit 3 - 2400 Durant Avenue
- Stern - Hearst Avenue & Highland Place
- Foothill - 2700 Hearst Avenue
- Clark Kerr - 2601 Warring Street
- Maximino Martinez Commons - 2520 Channing Way
Airport Shuttles from Oakland or San Francisco International Airport
Airport shuttles (listed below) provide door-to-door service. The prices range from $15 to $40, be sure to ask for a student rate. Reservations are recommended.
- Bay Porter Express: 1.877.467.1800 (Bay Area toll free), 1.415.467.1800 (outside Bay Area)
- East Bay Transportation: 1.877.526.0304, 1.510.526.0304
- Airport Commuter: 1.888.876.1777
- Taxi fare to Berkeley will be approximately $40 from the Oakland Airport and $55 from the San Francisco airport.
BART is the Bay Area's subway system. The campus is closest to the Downtown Berkeley station on the Richmond line, and to the Rockridge station on the Pittsburg/Bay Point line. There is no direct connection to downtown Berkeley from San Francisco on Sundays and evenings. At those times, take the Pittsburg/Bay Point train and transfer to a Richmond train at the 12th Street (Oakland) station (traveling to San Francisco at those times, transfer at MacArthur station).
- Monday - Friday, 4 a.m. to midnight*
- Saturday, 6 a.m. to midnight*
- Sunday, 8 a.m. to midnight*
*In many cases, BART service extends past midnight. Individual station closing times are coordinated with the schedule for the last train, beginning at around midnight. BART trains typically run every 15 minutes on weekdays, and every 20 minutes on evenings, weekends, and holidays. For exact times, check the BART website.
BART to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Oakland International Airport (OAK)
BART fares are very economical when compared with other modes of travel to and from San Francisco International (SFO) Airport or Oakland International Airport (OAK).
At SFO, BART takes you directly into the International Terminal.
At OAK, BART takes you to directly across from the Terminal 1 baggage claim.
The Emeryville Amtrak station is located approximately five miles southwest of the campus. The San Joaquin Valley and the Capitol Corridor lines stop in Berkeley on University Avenue two miles west of the campus.
AC Transit Bus Service
AC Transit, the local bus service, has 15 lines which serve the University and central Berkeley and connect with other buses and transit agencies. AC Transit routes 51B and 79 serve Rockridge and Downtown Berkeley BART stations to the residence halls. Route 7 serves Downtown Berkeley but goes to Kensington and El Cerrito.
Additionally, the AC Transit map is available for viewing.
UC Transportation Alternative Customer Services
UC Transportation Alternative Customer Services offers local and Bay Area transportation options. The office is located at 2150 Kittredge Street.
Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 510.643.7701.
When you arrive for Early Move-In on August 13, please go directly to your housing Unit building (see maps above for Unit 1, 2, 3, Clark Kerr Campus, Foothill, or Stern) to check in at the front desk. Limited parking spaces are reserved for unloading your vehicle, and longer term parking in the following lots is available at nearby pay machines:
- Clark Kerr Lot
- Ellsworth Structure (close to Unit 3)
- Foothill Lot
- Underhill Garage (between Unit 1 and Unit 2)
Please be sure to bring a government-issued photo ID with you for check-in. A High School or Junior College ID will be accepted as temporary verification until you obtain your Cal 1 Card student ID.