o Fees hold steady;
other costs rise. Student fees for the coming school year remained
steady. The $4,046 in fees, including health insurance, paid by California
residents remains the same as last year. (Fees are higher for the professional
schools of law and business; non-residents pay an additional $10,174
in tuition above fees charged state residents.)
But the cost of housing
has gone up, just as it has for renters everywhere in the Bay Area.
For students living in campus residence halls, the cost of a year at
Berkeley - including fees, room, board, books and personal expenses
- is estimated at $15,642, an increase of $598 over last year. For students
living off-campus, the upcoming year's budget is estimated at $15,220,
o Housing demand
up. The housing office was able to provide rooms to all 4,009 incoming
freshmen and transfer students who sought campus housing. Campus housing
facilities can accommodate 6,250 students, including those in graduate
student and family housing. Plans are under way to build housing for
an additional 840 students.
housing off campus are finding a tight and expensive rental market again
this year. "What's available is expensive, and there's less available
than in past years - and there's more competition for it," said Sondra
Jensen, director of administrative services for Housing & Dining.
A youth hostel-type
operation has been set up this year to temporarily house up to 36 students,
said Jensen. According to Cal Rentals, the campus's community housing
listing agency, the average studio apartment in Berkeley commands $816
a month, a one-bedroom apartment goes for $1,100 a month, and a two-bedroom
apartment is $1,600 a month.
o The incoming
class. The freshman class of 2004 totals 3,759 students. There also
are 1,575 incoming transfer students.
The ethnic breakdown
of freshmen class is similar to last year's.
students make up 9.1 percent of the class, compared to 9.3 last year.
students make up 3.9 percent, compared to 3.6 last year.
students make up 44.8 percent, compared to 44.9 last year.
o American Indians
make up 0.3 percent, compared to 0.6 percent last year.
o White students
make up 30.6 percent, compared to 31.5 last year.