This page contains housing options for your stay in Berkeley during your internship at Berkeley Lab. We have grouped the options into categories, but details can vary significantly from place to place. As more information becomes available, additional housing options will be added to these pages. Please check back for updates as you continue your housing search.
NOTE: Locating housing in Berkeley can be challenging, so you should start contacting places that you are interested in right away.
ALSO: Be sure to pay attention to the prices and periods, as some places have a flat rate for the summer period and others have a monthly charge. Most places will prorate the rent so you only need to pay for the time you are actually there, but make sure to ask about this when you contact them!
In addition to using the following resources to find individual housing, you can also get information about fellow interns who are looking for roommates during the summer. Look for the housing discussions on the Facebook group that you should have joined shortly after you were accepted to the program.
Please note: All interns receive housing supplements regardless of distance from the Lab. Housing supplements are distributed the first week of the internship.
We make our best effort to assure that the information we present in these pages is correct. However, you should always verify any terms and conditions before deciding to move in.
The Berkeley Lab Guest House is on the Lab’s campus and has 57 guest rooms, many with views of the San Francisco Bay, skyline, and Berkeley. The guest house is only a few minutes away from the University of California, Berkeley, campus. Inquire about rates for Berkeley Lab affiliates.
Dormitories are usually large, community-style housing with shared bathrooms and rooms off a main hallway. Some dorms offer meals in the summer, while others don’t. Some dorms are expensive and gorgeous, while others are inexpensive and run down. There is the occasional exception, but on average you get what you pay for.
Co-ops and Greeks, more thoroughly described as student cooperatives (co-ops) and fraternities and sororities (Greeks), vary greatly across the board. Some houses are very similar to dormitories in that they have cleaning staff, while others involve chores and work shift hours. Co-ops and Greeks sometimes offer good deals for summer subletting, and most frats aren’t “fraternally active” in the summer.
Other resources (apartments, rooms, sublets, etc.): Here are a couple of alternative ways to find housing in Berkeley, including the very popular internet classifieds site Craigslist. If you are looking to sublet a private apartment or room in a house, this is your best bet.