South Berkeley

Up-and-Coming
South Berkeley is an up and coming neighborhood that is known for its hip and vibrant style. Dotted along the streets are vintage clothing stores, cool restaurants, and coffee shops. The Berkeley Bowl is a popular spot in town. It is a grand organic supermarket that has an expansive produce section. Since it is within close proximity of the University of California, Berkeley, it is a popular neighborhood to live for students that want an easy commute to their classes. It is not only popular to students however, the town is welcoming to all young adults, families, and elders. For this reason, there is a diverse demographic living in South Berkeley.

For restaurants and bars, the residents of South Berkeley recommend the quick trip into Downtown. That is where most of the highly rated eateries reside, and it is never a hassle to get there. Recommended restaurants include Musashi, La Note, Sliver Pizzeria, Angeline's Louisiana Kitchen, Gather, Ippuku, and Bonchon. Bars include Tupper & Reed, Pacific Standard Tap Room, and The Tap Haus. South Berkeley is a great spot to live, especially for students who want to live in a lively neighborhood while also having a quick commute to their classes.
What South Berkeley Residents
Think About Their Apartments
overall
7.0
value
9.0
amenities
5.0
social
8.0
management
9.0
Median rents in South Berkeley
Studio
$
1,920
1 Bedroom
$
2,380
2 Bedroom
$
3,010

Living in
South Berkeley

South Berkeley — 8.7/10 Rating (based on 3 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 family homes, as well as homes that have been converted into apartments.
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8
/10
Neighborhood Rating
1824 Ward Street
Convenient location within walking distance to supermarkets, pharmacies, restaurants. Quiet residential zone
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9
/10
Neighborhood Rating
2831 Ellsworth st


Getting to Know
South Berkeley

Neighborhood Boundaries
East to West Boundaries: Telegraph Ave to San Pablo Ave
North to South Boundaries: Dwight Way to Alacatraz Ave

Best Apartments
in South Berkeley


2 Beds $2,300

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1 Bed $2,564
2 Beds $3,183

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Studio $2,950
1 Bed $3,500

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1 Bed $4,119
2 Beds $5,202

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2 Beds $3,050

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Studio $2,250
1 Bed $3,331
2 Beds $3,150

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