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 ===Rent=== ===Rent===
  
-There aren't really average prices for rents in Berkeley. The rents are highly dependent on location, room size, and how recently ​the place has been renovated.+Typical ​rents paid by grad students ​in our department ​are in the range 1000-1500 dollars/​month/​person. 
  
 ===Listings=== ===Listings===
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 The university also runs the [[https://​calrentals.housing.berkeley.edu/​|Cal Rentals]] office, which will let you access its listings for free (it costs money to post, but you can look for free). There is also the more full-service (and more expensive) [[http://​www.bayrentals.com/​|Bay Area Rentals]]. Most students opt to work entirely via Craigslist, though. The university also runs the [[https://​calrentals.housing.berkeley.edu/​|Cal Rentals]] office, which will let you access its listings for free (it costs money to post, but you can look for free). There is also the more full-service (and more expensive) [[http://​www.bayrentals.com/​|Bay Area Rentals]]. Most students opt to work entirely via Craigslist, though.
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 +There are also various Facebook groups in which people advertise housing for students (e.g., "UC Berkeley Off-Campus Housing"​).
  
 ===Leases=== ===Leases===
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 You should certainly talk to your mentor, other members of your incoming class, and other grad students if you have any questions. You might even be able to talk a current grad into checking a place out for you or letting you sleep on their couch while you visit. ​ You should certainly talk to your mentor, other members of your incoming class, and other grad students if you have any questions. You might even be able to talk a current grad into checking a place out for you or letting you sleep on their couch while you visit. ​
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 ===Neighborhoods=== ===Neighborhoods===
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 Here follows an incomplete list of Berkeley neighborhoods and some highly subjective/​judgmental impressions of them.  Here follows an incomplete list of Berkeley neighborhoods and some highly subjective/​judgmental impressions of them. 
  
-  * North Berkeley - This is a nice place to live on the north side of campus. Close to Campbell and the rest of campus. Rents are very expensive.+  * North Berkeley - This is a nice place to live on the north side of campus. Close to Campbell and the rest of campus. Rents are very expensive. Quieter, more residential.
  
-  * Berkeley Hills - Residential area on the northside of campus. Rents are a tiny bit cheaper than North Berkeley, but walking home could be a workout... Weirdly, many car break-ins and thefts occur here.+  * Berkeley Hills - Residential area on the northside of campus. Rents are a tiny bit cheaper than North Berkeley, but walking home could be a workout... Weirdly, many car break-ins and thefts occur here. 
  
-  * South Berkeley - Close to campus, so many students live here. Rents are reasonably cheap, but it can be noisy due to parties and the like. Safety can be an issue. Very cheap rooms in this area are probably in crappy boarding houses.+  * South Berkeley - Close to campus, so many students live here (especially undergrads). Rents are reasonably cheap, but it can be noisy due to parties and the like. Safety can be an issue. Very cheap rooms in this area are probably in crappy boarding houses.
  
   * West Berkeley - Biking to campus works well from here, since it's a reasonably flat trip. Rents are relatively cheap. Between Milvia and Sacramento is a fine neighborhood,​ Sacramento to San Pablo is an alright neighborhood,​ and west of San Pablo varies greatly.   * West Berkeley - Biking to campus works well from here, since it's a reasonably flat trip. Rents are relatively cheap. Between Milvia and Sacramento is a fine neighborhood,​ Sacramento to San Pablo is an alright neighborhood,​ and west of San Pablo varies greatly.
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 ===University Housing=== ===University Housing===
  
-There are two University houses for graduate students, [[http://​www.housing.berkeley.edu/​livingatcal/​jackson_house.html|Jackson House]] and [[http://​www.housing.berkeley.edu/​livingatcal/​manville.html|Manville Aparments]]. ​ These are very close to campus and are an excellent option for incoming first-year students who do not have time to visit the area and actually look for places before moving in.  The downside is extremely expensive rent ($850-$1000/​month per student for a shared apartment, though this includes all utilities and even a cleaning service) ​and a location next to fraternities and College Avenue. Both of these locations also fill up quickly and may have long waiting lists to get in.+There are two University houses for graduate students, [[http://​www.housing.berkeley.edu/​livingatcal/​jackson_house.html|Jackson House]] and [[http://​www.housing.berkeley.edu/​livingatcal/​manville.html|Manville Aparments]]. ​ These are very close to campus and are an excellent option for incoming first-year students who do not have time to visit the area and actually look for places before moving in.  The downside is extremely expensive rent and a location next to fraternities and College Avenue. Both of these locations also fill up quickly and may have long waiting lists to get in.