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South Berkeley/North Berkeley

College Students

Not unusually the neighborhood choices for students at UC Berkeley are often driven by undergrad/grad distinctions. Undergrads often choose South Berkeley due to its proximity to south campus and the fact the neighborhood is the center of the restaurant, bar and music scene in the city. North Berkeley is where graduate students live due to the fact it is quieter than South Berkeley and the housing options are more varied. Some graduate students will even live farther out from campus in towns like Albany, Oakland and El Cerrito. Excellent public transportation including the BART train system that drops you off at campus makes this possible.

  • South Berkeley
  • North Berkeley


Young Professionals/Students

Young Professionals tend to live in overlapping neighborhoods in Berkeley. Downtown Berkeley draws everyone that wants to live near work/school and the bars and restaurants of the city. Southside and Northside pull more students but professionals will also pick it depending on prices. Berkeley is not an inexpensive city and beggars can’t be choosers for affordable housing options if you want to be in the midst of the action.

  • Downtown
  • Southside
  • Northside

Berkeley Hills


The Berkeley area has a ton of options for families but the Berkeley Hills is for sure the most popular. Beautiful homes, Craftsman and Bungalows generally, line golden streets in the winding hills of the neighborhood. Prices can be exorbitant but the lifestyle is wonderful if you can pull it off. Claremont is another fancy neighborhood in a hilly section of Berkeley. Similar to the Hills it has beautiful homes on stunning windy streets that sit near commercial districts.

  • Berkeley Hills
  • North Berkeley/Thousand Oaks
  • Claremont
  • Elmwood
  • Westbrae
  • Oceanview
  • South Berkeley