Berkeley

Center of Berkeley
Due to its location close to the University of California, Berkeley, there is a big market for students and housing here. The drive to campus from Central Berkeley is about five minutes, thus making Central Berkeley and ideal spot to live for many commuting students. Just outside of town is the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park, a popular place to visit for the residents that live in Central Berkeley. Locals love to hang out and socialize there, especially when the weather is nice. If some grocery shopping needs to be done, the residents recommend the local Trader Joe’s right in town.

University Avenue is the best place for food in Central Berkeley. Along this street is a wide variety of restaurants to choose from when hungry. These include Three Stone Hearth, North Beach Pizza, Himalayan Flavors, West Coast Pizza, Long Life Vegi House, and Nation's Giant Hamburgers. Bars that reside in Central Berkeley include Pacific Standard Tap Room, Tupper & Reed, Albatross Pub, and Missouri Lounge. Central Berkeley is great for students who want a classic Berkeley experience while also being close to their classes.

What Berkeley Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
7.0
value
7.0
amenities
5.0
social
5.0
management
9.0
Median rents in Berkeley
Studio
$
1,908
1 Bedroom
$
2,192
2 Bedroom
$
3,069

Living in
Berkeley

Berkeley — 7.9/10 Rating (based on 7 neighborhood reviews)
Quiet and residential. There are less undergraduates living in this area and most folks are families/graduate students/professionals. Everything is super walkable (loved being able to walk to the Ashby BART station in 10 minutes). I never really drove anywhere because I could walk there in 30 mins. or less. Huge perk was living a stone's throw away from Berkeley Bowl.

There is a question at the bottom of this page asking if this neighborhood is affordable. I guess that's a relative question. In general, rent was a little over half my paycheck. The crazy thing is that I considered our apartment a great deal because for a graduate student, that's not so bad. Really, nowhere in Berkeley is affordable for graduate students who want their own bedroom. But relative to how bad it could've been, I think it was doable.
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
2910 Wheeler St
Lots of restaurants and bustle, and conveniently located near public transit, the university campus, restaurants, stores, etc. Make sure you're aware of your surroundings (the same as any other urban environment).
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
2070 University Ave
I have not felt that I was in danger in this neighborhood, but we did have someone break into our lobby and steal packages one time. There are sometimes people who will catcall you, but no one who is a serious threat. There are several bus stops within a quarter mile of the building, and multiple good restaurants within walking distance. There are also several grocery stores within a few blocks as well.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Parc at 1300
Several grocery stores nearby, family-friendly neighborhood. No complaints.
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7
/10
Neighborhood Rating
2208 McGee Ave
At the foothills of the Berkeley hills, two blocks away from cheeseboard. Incredibly beautiful scenery both east & west, and a great place for walking around. Great food, walkable to campus, ideal location for me
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
1322 Shattuck Ave
Not the cleanest and may not feel the safest given the neighborhood residents. But it is convenient to UC Berkeley campus and the wealth of retail and food options.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
Berkeley Central
Beautiful neighborhood, great food, feels safe. Not much to say here.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
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