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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about The Berk apartments? Search for an answer among the following FAQs.

Am I responsible for paying for the whole room if one of my roommates fails to pay?
No - each Residency Agreement is for an individual student for their own bed and shared living space.
Can I bring my car?
Yes. Obtaining a parking space at the house is on a first come, first serve basis and limited spaces are available to residents for a monthly fee.
Can I bring my pet?
No, pets are not allowed. We do allow fish and service/companion animals.
Does The Berk offer a meal plan?
Residents can either use the kitchen to prepare their own food or purchase a meal plan through Cal Dining or International House. For more information about these plans, please visit their websites or talk with a The Berk staff member.
How are roommates matched?
The Roommate Matching Form is completed as part of the application process. These are reviewed by The Berk staff. The most closely matched students are notified and encouraged to communicate to determine their level of compatibility. Preferences covered by this form include sleeping habits, study habits, and cleaning habits.
How are rooms assigned?
Students who come with friends wishing to room together are matched as roommates. Otherwise, students complete a Roommate Matching Form that is used to match compatible students. After the preliminary matching is complete, roommates are provided information so that they can communicate and meet. In the event that potential roommates discover that they are not compatible, they can request a different roommate. To provide sufficient time and the greatest opportunity for students to find the perfect roommate, students should apply early. The application process is first come, first serve with regards to room selection.
How do I access the Internet?
You can plug an Ethernet cord into the outlet located in your room, or you can connect to our wireless network provided by Elauwit. The network is called BerkOnCollege-Wireless. Please contact the office or an RA to obtain the password.
How are roommates matched?
We have partnered with RoomSync to provide a modern matching platform where residents choose their own roommates. After you complete the leasing process you will be emailed a link to join our RoomSync network. You will then log in to RoomSync using Facebook, create a matching profile, and begin your search to find your new best friend - or roommate for starters. If you already have a roommate in mind, you can confirm your roommate request within RoomSync.
How are rooms assigned?
Residents who already have preferred roommates can confirm their roommate match requests using RoomSync, our roommate matching platform. If they do not already have a roommate, residents will search for and choose their own roommate using RoomSync. Residents will be able to communicate with each other during and after the selection process. In the event that potential roommates discover that they are no longer compatible, they can request a different roommate and we will do our best to accommodate any change request. To provide sufficient time and the greatest opportunity for residents to find the perfect roommate, they should apply and sign a lease as early as possible.
If I am over 21, do I need a guarantor?

Yes. All leases are required to have a guarantor. If an approved guarantor cannot be obtained, EdR Management, Inc. will accept a security deposit of one (1) month's rent.

Is smoking allowed in the building?
Smoking is not allowed anywhere within 20 feet of the building pursuant to Berkeley City Code.
Is The Berk wheelchair accessible?
Yes.  The Berk and its' amenities are wheelchair accessible.
Is The Berk Part of UC housing?
The Berk offers off-campus housing for Berkeley students and is not part of the University housing system. However, we are closer to campus than any dorm UC Housing offers.
Who lives at The Berk?
The Berk on College, located at 2315 College, is an ideal location for students who want the dorm experience on a smaller, more convenient scale. The Berk on Arch at 2311 Le Conte provides a community on the quieter north side of campus, ideally suited for students looking for a close-knit, collaborative community.
How far is The Berk from the Fall Program for Freshmen Office?
FPF is located at 2515 Hillegass Avenue, less than a ten minute walk from the South House.
What do I do if I get sick or my roommate gets sick?
If you have a cold or a mild case of the flu, make sure to drink lots of fluids and get rest. If you are feeling more seriously ill, please notify the Housing Office. You should also contact the Tang Center.
What is the closest dining hall?
Crossroads at 2415 Bowditch Street is a short (less than five minute) walk from The Berk on College. Crossroads serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every weekday, brunch and dinner on Saturdays and Sundays, and holds a popular late night grill and study lounge Sunday through Thursday.
What is the term of the residency agreement?
The term of the Residency Agreement is roughly the UC Berkeley academic year (middle of August - middle of May).
What utilities are included in rental installments?
Water, sewer, power, and Internet are all included in the installment payments. Additional services such as cable television are the responsibility of the resident, though cable is available in the 1st and 3rd floor lounges in The Berk on Arch, and the Multipurpose Room and 4th floor lounge in The Berk on College.
Will you send me a bill each month for rent?
We do not send out a monthly rent statement. Rent is due on the first day of the month. If your rent is not paid by 10AM on the third (3rd) day of the month, your rent is late and you will be charged $25. Beginning with the sixth (6th) day after the due date for payment of a rent installment, you will be charged an additional late charge of $5 per day.  

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