Daily Life


Banking / Grocery Shopping / Housing and Moving / Transportation / Utilities / Other


Bank of America
Downtown branch:
2129 Shattuck Avenue
(510) 649-6600

Bank of the West
1480 Shattuck Avenue
(510) 649-9191

Chase Bank
2150 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 649-4041

2000 Shattuck Avenue
(510) 843-0600

Mechanics Bank
2301 Shattuck Avenue
(510) 647-0720

Wells Fargo
Downtown branch:
2144 Shattuck Avenue
(800) 869-3557

Grocery Shopping

Berkeley Bowl: Great Deals on produce in two locations. The other stuff (bread, meat, cheese, etc.) is all organic and ergo very expensive, though. But the prices for fruit and veggies are really cheap.

Berkeley Farmer's Market: You like organic food and love to shop local? Then this is the place for you. Check out the different locations and days.

Monterey Market: This is another great place in Berkeley to shop for produce while not having to spend a fortune. The market can be very busy on the weekends.


Whole Foods

Housing and Moving

UC Berkeley Housing: Cal offers residence halls (dorms), single or shared apartments, family student housing and Cal Rentals which posts community listings.  They are listed on the calrental website: The listings are managed by Elaine Perkins and Kyle Eggleston.  Cephas John coordinates family student housing and accommodates VSPA affiliates as a second priority after students.  For more info, please visit their website.

craigslist: On this well-known website, you can find everything you need right in your neighboorhood. From apartments to rooms for rent, from kitchenware to furniture, cars, bikes, pets, friends, volunteer opportunities, everything is for sale on Craig's List. Tip: They also advertise Moving and Garage Sales there.

Padmapper.com: This website shows apartment rental ads on a map, so you can specifically look for places in the neighbourhood you would like to live in.

University Section Club Equipment Rental: The Equipment Loan Center lends small household items (pots, pans, dishes, etc.) to newly arrived international students & scholars for a small fee.  It is located in Bldg F on Haste St. between Bowditch and Telegraph.  The Center is open every Wednesday from 1 - 3 pm during the summer months (July through September) and then from October through June on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday also from 1 - 3 pm.


AC Transit is an innovative, modern bus system, owned by the public of the East Bay. Several bus routes have stops right next to campus.

Amtrak: American train service. Berkeley does have a train station!

BART, or Bay Area Rapid Transit, is a light rail system that services much of the Bay Area. BART can easily take you into San Francisco just across the bay as well as many other Bay Area cities.

City Car Share and Zipcars: These two Car-Sharing-Corporations have many locations in Berkeley. Both have special offers for UC Berkeley students and faculty.

The ClipperCard: This FREE card is great for getting around on public transit in the Bay Area. You can load money on it (in all Wallgreen's drug stores and ticket machines in BART stations) and then use this cool card for ALL public transportation in the ENTIRE Bay Area. Just swipe it when you board the bus. You won't even have to get transfers anymore.

Public Transit 511.org: This website will tell you how to get from A to B. You can print out bus schedules, check on fares and plan your trips with BART, bus, muni or streetcar.

UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation: A great resource for all things transportation here at UC Berkeley. 


Telephone, DSL and Cable TV:

EBMUD, Phone: (510) 287-1380

Electricity & Gas:
Pacific Gas & Electric, Residential Services Phone: (800) 743-5000


California DMV: This is the place you want to go to in order to get your California driver's license or your ID card. Bring something to do as there is always a wait. Or, skip the lines and make an appointment online.

Social Security Office Berkeley: The Social Security Office will assist you with getting your Social Security Number and all issues associated with it.