Relocating to the Bay Area

Living In and Around Berkeley

While the Haas campus may be your “home away from home,” you have plenty of options for creating a comfortable home of your own, whether you are part of a couple, a family with children, or on your own. Berkeley and the surrounding communities feature many walkable neighborhoods, options for public transit, and extensive cycling access. 

Your three primary housing options are university-owned and operated apartments, group housing, and off-campus rental housing. Two university-owned apartment complexes are reserved for graduate students, and off-campus rental housing is also popular with MBA students. Both of these options foster environments where learning extends from campus to home as you live in proximity to classmates. The Cal Rentals office can help you explore the possibilities and make informed decisions.  

If you’re relocating with a partner, you’ll be glad to know Bay Area unemployment rates hover around 3%, creating opportunities for your partner to find work. We also have a strong Haas Partners Club, which shares resources and recommendations on housing, childcare, and opportunities to engage in the community.

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Gonzalo Alcoholado

MBA 14

Commercial Systems and Innovation Senior Director
LATAM Airlines

“The MBA experience is certainly more than academics and career. I made friends here who will be in my life forever. Additionally, despite all of my studying, our two years at Berkeley Haas were a unique opportunity for my wife and me to spend more time together. We frequently went out to dinner and took trips; and we formed lasting bonds with classmates and their partners.