San Francisco Housing and Dining

UC Berkeley On-Campus Housing

FPF San Francisco students are encouraged to take advantage of college life by living in one of UC Berkeley’s residence halls.

Build a community of friends and strong relationships that will be your greatest support network as you go through your academic journey. As a first-year student, you are given priority through Cal Housing if you apply by your designated deadline.

Not sure where to start? Check out Living at Cal, a great resource that covers all on-campus housing, including deadlines, tips on applying, rates, meal plans and more.

If you choose Cal housing, here are some tips:

  • You are eligible to apply for Cal housing in Berkeley for both fall and spring terms. We recommend living in Unit 3 for commuting between Berkeley and FPF San Francisco Classrooms (at 160 Spear St.) in the fall term. Unit 1 and Unit 2 are also great options and are located reasonably close to public transportation options. 
  • We do not recommend applying for housing in Clark-Kerr, Foothill, and/or Stern as they are farther from public transportation options. 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. We strongly recommend that FPF San Francisco students opt into the Standard Meal Plan option during the Fall semester. You can review available Meal Plan options on the Cal Dining website.

Unit 2 residence hall

UC Berkeley 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.

Dining on Campus and in San Francisco

As an FPF San Francisco student, you will need to factor in your commute and class schedule in order to appropriately select your meal plan and budget for non-Cal dining meals.

  • Restaurants in San Francisco do not accept Meal Plan points, so students will need to budget their time and resources accordingly. Many students budget funds in order to take advantage of the restaurants and eateries surrounding the Spear Street building. You may also decide to bring food from Residential Retail stops where you can purchase items with Meal Points ahead of time to bring to the city.
  • Cal Dining hours are limited and specific hours vary by semester. You should review these hours when planning meals throughout the week.
  • The FPF San Francisco Spear Street building does not have a dining hall facility. We offer outdoor and indoor spaces for students to enjoy their meals, microwaves, and high-quality vending machines for quick snacks on-the-go. 

Newly admitted students will receive additional detailed information regarding dining options during Golden Bear Advising.

Telegraph Commons
Telegraph Commons

Other Options and Resources

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