Summer Housing

We have summer housing available!

Apply as soon as possible for Summer 2020 to have the best chance of getting the housing you want!

As one of Berkeley's largest student housing providers, the BSC offers 20 houses and apartment buildings to choose from. Most are loacated very close to UC Berkeley- within 1 to 5 blocks of the Berkeley campus.

We have affordable housing in apartments, rooms, and room and board houses.

We rent to students attending colleges and universities around the world.

Who is eligible for summer housing?

Acceptable verification includes ONE of the following (note that all verification documents must be dated February 15, 2020 or later AND include your full name, the college/university name, show that you are a full-time student and, if you are applying for Convent or Hillegass/Parker, the document should clearly show that you are a graduate/re-entry student). All documents must be in English.

You do not need to be taking classes during Summer 2020 if you were a student Spring 2020 or will be Fall 2020.

  1. A copy of your UCB Spring 2020 registration from your Cal Central “My Academics” page that states that you are “Officially Registered” OR
  2. A copy of your Fall 2020 acceptance letter OR
  3. A copy of your UCB Summer 2020 confirmed class schedule (If your class schedule is pdf password protected, please provide the password) OR
  4. If you attend a college/university other than UCB, a screenshot of your Spring 2020 class schedule, with your full name, the name of your university and the number of units enrolled.

*If you are interested in living at Cloyne Court during the Summer, you must be either a registered UC Berkeley student Spring 2020 or Fall 2020 or enrolled in 5 or more units at UCB during Summer 2020.

*We will not be able to consider you for summer assignment until we have received the proper verification of summer membership eligibility. When you send your student verification, please indicate which Summer wait list you are interested in. Please send your verification by email to housing@bsc.coop as a PDF file.

We have three Summer contract periods

Taking summer courses at UC Berkeley? summer contract periods are desgined to fit the UC Berkeley Summer Session schedule. you can sign for either the first half, second half or the full summer.

  • The full Summer 2020 contract period is May 24 - August 15.
  • There are also options for contacts for first half of the summer and the second half of summer.
  • The first half of summer contract is May 24 - July 4 and the second half of summer contract is July 5 - August 15.

What is the Summer Workshift requirement?

The workshift requirement will be 5 hours a week for room-only houses, 5 hours per week in the room and board houses and in the apartments, the requirement is 6 hours per session for people who hold contracts for only one summer session and 12 hours for the summer if you hold a contract for the full summer for the apartments.

For more information about workshifts, click here.

The Co-op Houses during Summer

The houses have single, double, and triple rooms (a few houses have quads). You will select your permanent room and roommates after you move in during room bids. New members should expect to share a bedroom.

The houses have from 10 to 94 bedrooms and features such as:

  • large communal kitchens and dining rooms
  • shared common spaces (living rooms, TV rooms porches, roof decks, backyards, gardens and other hang-out spaces)
  • various amenities depending on the house (hot tubs, view of the bay, basketball court, sauna, tree house, ...)

Sharing common spaces connects people and builds a sense of community. Sharing chores and running a house democratically creates the trust and positive relationships among housemates that can be absent in other living situations.

Houses offering food during summer will be: Person of Color Theme House (Castro), Davis, Hillegass Parker, Hoyt, Kingman, Lothlorien, and Wolf. All other houses will be open for Room-Only during Summer 2020.

In houses with and without food, the workshift requirement is 5 hours per week. In the apartments, Rochdale and Fenwick, the requirement is 6 hours per six week session, 12 hours for the full summer contract period.

The Co-op Apartments during Summer

During the summer, the apartments are an option for new members as many apartment residents leave for the summer. Because all the rooms in the apartments are single bedrooms, they may be more difficult to get an assignment in than the houses where new members are likely to have shared rooms. For fall and spring, only UC Berkeley students may live in Rochdale and Fenwick: during the summer, you must meet the summer eligibility requirements.

For the summer only, you do not need to be a UC Berkeley student to live in the Rochdale or Fenwick Apartments (as long as you are otherwise eligible).

The BSC apartment complexes have studios and one, two, three and four bedroom apartments. All rooms are single occupancy. Each resident is guaranteed a bed, desk, dresser, and chair. If any of these things are not there when you arrive, just ask your manager.

Each apartment has a kitchen, bathroom, and a living/dining area. All kitchens include a refrigerator, a stove and cabinet space.

We keep our costs low because members help with the upkeep of the common areas. Everything that needs to get done is divided into “workshifts”. Every apartment resident is expected to complete between six and twelve hours of workshift during the summer. Examples of apartment workshifts are: weeding the garden and landscaping, recycling, and common area clean up.

For the answers to more questions frequently asked about Summer Housing, click here.