BERKELEY - The dot-com bust and economic downturn, along
with the construction of new campus housing, have produced the
best student housing outlook in years, campus officials said.
There’s no waiting list for UC Berkeley’s supply
of 5,300 beds, and "For Rent" signs abound for private
apartments and homes.
courtyard at the new College-Durant apartment complex, the
first university housing to be added since Cleary Hall opened
The campus’s College-Durant Apartments — the first
new UC Berkeley student housing complex since Cleary Hall opened
in 1992 — just opened for 120 upper division and graduate
"This is the best I’ve ever seen it," said
Becky White, assistant director of Faculty & Community Housing,
which operates Cal Rentals, the counseling and rental referral
office for students. Her office is logging 120-150 calls a day
— compared to 60-80 last year — from people placing
new rental ads, many for Berkeley properties.
UC Berkeley is committed to providing rooms for students, in
an economic boom or bust, said Harry LeGrande, assistant vice
chancellor for Residential & Student Service Programs. Four
new campus residence halls and one apartment-style complex in
the Southside neighborhood are scheduled for completion by 2005.
They will offer safe and affordable student housing within walking
distance of campus.
The campus also is building a central dining and student services
office center on the east side of Bowditch Street, between Haste
Street and Channing Way. Scheduled to open in late January 2003,
it will be the main site for student food services at the Units
1 and 2 residence hall complexes.
The center is designed to remain operational in the event of
a major earthquake on the Hayward Fault, and will replace two
separate dining halls in Units 1 and 2 that were deemed seismically
Meanwhile, a dining hall that remains open in Unit 1 now features
a "Deconstruction Diner" construction theme and the
"Bear Market," open for quick meals until midnight.