Berkeley Housing and Dining

FPF students have the same priority as all new Berkeley first-year students for on-campus housing. Students in our program are free to choose non-FPF roommates at Berkeley.

Looking for housing options and not sure where to start? Check out Berkeley's Housing website, a great resource that covers all on-campus housing, including deadlines, tips on applying, rates, meal plans and more.

If you choose to live in the residence halls, here are some tips:

  • You are eligible to apply for Cal housing in Berkeley for both fall and spring terms. Unit 2 is the closest residence hall to the FPF Berkeley building (literally across the street!), but Unit 1, Unit 3, and Clark Kerr Campus are all within a 5–7 minute walk.
  • Please note that if you apply for Theme Housing, you will be required to live the designated residence hall for that program.
  • Living in one of the UC Berkeley Residence Halls requires students to opt into a Cal Dining Meal Plan as a part of their housing package. You can review available Meal Plan options on the Cal Dining website.
Unit 2 residence hall
Unit 2 residence hall

Theme Housing Programs

In a Theme Program, you live in a special residential community co-sponsored by an academic department and the Office of Student Development. You enjoy the opportunities of a large university while benefiting from being part of a smaller residential community of students who share a common academic interest.

Theme Programs require you to enroll in a UC Berkeley seminar. Call the Theme Programs office at (510) 642-3213 or contact your Theme Program coordinator for details once you have been registered for FPF. Be sure to factor in your required seminar units when considering your fall course load. The total number of maximum units you are allowed to enroll in with FPF including your Theme Program Seminar is 16 units.

Other Options and Resources

Telegraph Commons
Telegraph Commons

Private Student Dormitories and Residence Halls

The following options are popular among Berkeley students and may offer Residents Assistants, community programming and resources similar to on-campus housing:


Other Housing Resources

Cal Rentals: If you're interested in living off-campus, Cal Rentals offers in-person and online advice to guide you through your fall housing alternatives.

Student co-ops: Many Berkeley students choose to live in co-ops or privately owned student residence halls, which are are located in the same neighborhoods as campus residence halls. Some even have meal plans and social activities for students.