I went to Cal for undergrad, and I really enjoyed the area! It's a great place to spend a few years of life in. As an undergrad, we got a bus pass as part of our fees, and that made it possible to live a little further from campus. I lived in Rockridge, which is in North Oakland, and a great neighborhood. I shared a house with two other roommates (it was a two bedroom with really huge bedrooms) and it was $1600 a month for the entire unit, which is pretty cheap, considering how expensive living in Berkeley is, as well as how crappy the apartments usually are. My experience with Berkeley has always been really small rooms, small apartments, kitchens for undergrads (as in, not real, functional kitchens for people who like to cook), and obnoxious neighbors who are either too loud, or too quiet (and insist that you are quiet as well).Hi! I'm also going to be at Cal this year - epi/biostats. Super excited to start! Where are you all coming from?
Although I moved to SF 2 years ago, I haven't really made it up to Berkeley (busy life as a medical resident ) and am not from the Bay Area originally - so when I went up there for pretty much the first time this weekend, I was floored! Berkeley is SO beautiful and amazing. The people there are so diverse, and the whole campus is just gorgeous...there are orange and avocado trees on the street. Is that not amazing? I even walked by the school of public health bldg (which is marked with big X's, so I call it the "X" building.) I've already sampled 3 fantastic restaurants on Shattuck and went to the original Peet's coffee (super strong, be forewarned)...
Trying to figure out places to live (see my other thread ). Are you all thinking of living pretty close to campus? There's this gigundo luxury apt complex coming up about 2-3 miles west of campus (kind of on the outskirts of Berkeley, by the highway) - "Fourth & U" - they are heavily marketing their place with tons of promos/specials (it's still currently under construction, but should be done by June 1). It's sort of a pseudo-suburbia location (rapidly developing area next to a swanky collection of shops - MAC, Anthropologie, CB2, etc), but the apts (I can vouch for this, as I went on a tour with my very own hard hat and closed-toed shoes) are pretty incredible: your own washer/dryer, brand new kitchen, floors, granite countertops, everything.
After multiple years of dorm/studio living, I am somewhat ready to go a bit upscale...but the inner sensible grad student in me is trying to convince myself to stay with a teeny-weeny studio near campus. Any Berkeley-ites on this thread willing to offer some advice on living in the city?
Anyway, looking forward to meeting you guys soon!
A car is always a nice thing to have; however, you can get around the Bay using BART. That's my preferred way of getting everywhere in the Bay Area when I'm up there.Do you think it's worth it to have a car? I'll be driving mine to Berkeley so I can bring all my stuff, but I've heard parking is both a nightmare and $$ so I'm toying with the idea of selling it there.
I'm finish my undergraduate work at Berkeley, and I can say that it is "without a doubt" not worth having a car here. It's exactly what you said, an expensive nightmare. Unless you have a job where you need a car to get to work, I would not even consider it.Do you think it's worth it to have a car? I'll be driving mine to Berkeley so I can bring all my stuff, but I've heard parking is both a nightmare and $$ so I'm toying with the idea of selling it there.