Housing in Berkeley is a scarce commodity. While the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce does not have lists of rental housing, we can offer some suggestions.
The Chamber sells a Relocation Packet for for members and for non-members. The packet includes a map, a business directory, a four-page Statistical and Economic Profile of Berkeley, lists of local resources such as bookstores and services for people with disabilities, public transportation information, and a booklet about the Berkeley Unified School District. You can order it by phone with a credit card at 510-549-7000, or by mail. Send your check to: Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, 1834 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94703. Specify that you want the Relocation Packet and the address to which it should be sent.
For relocation infomation download Relocation_Packet_Ord No B5597.pdf
Chamber of Commerce Website
The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce has a website at www.berkeleychamber.com. From the home page, go to the Business Directory for links to our members' websites and a complete list of members organized by business category, including real estate agents, restaurants, hotels and motels.
The following business has free listings of rental housing. Sample listings with current rental prices and other helpful information are available on their website:
Local newspapers often have advertisements for housing rentals.
* The Berkeley Voice (phone: 510-339-4040) and the East Bay Express (phone: 510-540-7400) are published weekly; both have local classified housing ads. The Voice is out in newspaper stands every Friday. The Express is free and comes out Thursday afternoons. Its classified ads can be viewed on line at www.eastbayexpress.com/classifieds/index.html.
* The Oakland Tribune is a daily paper; call 510-839-7323 for circulation. Its website is www.oaklandtribune.com.
* The West County Times has rental listings, most in Contra Costa County to the north of Berkeley. The West County Times is on line at www.contracostatimes.com. The circulation department phone is 510-758-1200.
* The University-focused Daily Californian is published daily when the University is in session. Phone: 510-548-8300 Website: www.dailycal.org
UC Berkeley Students and Staff
If you are going to be a student or staff at the University of California at Berkeley, you have an additional resource in the University's Community Living Office, 2405 Bowditch St., Berkeley. The office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; phone 510-642-3642 for recorded information from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Their website is: www.housing.berkeley.edu - click on "Housing," then "Community Living." Residence halls are available to the public during summer vacation with advance reservations. University staff and faculty can call the Central Housing Office at U.C. Berkeley at 510-642-3106 for housing resources. The University has its own rental agency called Cal Rentals that is on line at calrentals.housing.berkeley.edu.
Another resource for students is the University Students' Cooperative Association. USCA is a non-profit organization that houses 1300 students in 20 units close to the Berkeley campus. It is a low-cost alternative that has been in existence since the Great Depression. USCA can be reached Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 510-848-1936. Their website is www.usca.org.
The YMCA has short-term housing. Call 510-848-6800 for reservations or go to the Y's website at www.baymca.org/index.php/d_hotel.html You may also want to contact the Berkeley Convention and Visitors Bureau at 510-549-7040, 800-847-4823
www.visitberkeley.com , or www.berkeleycvb.com regarding hotels and short-term housing.