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The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Berkeley

  1. 1. The Ultimate Guide to Visiting BERKELEY
  2. 2. Table of Contents Why Berkeley? 1 How to get there 2 Future Students 4 Best Food 5 Fun in Berkeley 7 About Li 9
  3. 3. The Ultimate Guide to Visiting BERKELEYWhy Berkeley? As one of the most famous universities on the west coast of the United States, Berkeley is a fascinating place of extremes. While the university is most known for pioneering the anti-War move- ment during the 60s, it was also a trailblazer in developing nuclear weapons during WWII. The campus itself has brilliant students in all of our top ranked programs, but studying isn’t the only thing you’ll see them doing in the library (hint: it starts with “s”). While you drive around campus, you’ll see empty parking spots re- served for Nobel Laureates, but tough luck if you’re trying to find parking yourself. As a 4th year student who also works as the library security moni- tor, I’ve heard my share of questions about Berkeley. This guide is an attempt to answer them. I hope this guide is only surpassed by your experience visiting Berkeley. -Li Lin 1
  4. 4. How Do I Get There? The Ultimate Guide to Visiting BERKELEYOakland Airport/OAK What is BART?After you get off the plane, find the AirBART BART is a subway that connects East Bay (Berkeley)bus and have the fare handy ($3 at time of with South San Francisco (Millbrae).writing). This is a 12 min. bus that will takeyou to the Coliseum BART station. Once youget to the station, go to the East Bay side and San Francisco Airport/SFOtake the Richmond Train. The ride will takeapproximately 20 mins. Get off at Downtown At the BART station, board the Pittsburg/Bay Point Train and get off at 19th Street Oakland Station andBerkeley. walk across the platform to the Richmond Train. Get off at the Downtown Berkeley station.Oakland Airport > AirBART > Coliseum BART > Richmond Train>Downtown Berkeley Pittsburg/Bay Point Train > Get off at 19th St. Oakland, Board the Richmond Train > Downtown BerkeleyGetting to CampusFrom the Downtown Berkeley BART station, exit at Center Street. Keep walking down Center Street until OxfordStreet. Do you see a forest? Walk into it. Do you see a huge clock tower or the Campanile? Walk towards the clock-tower and you will be at the middle of campus. If you are lost, call visitor’s services at (510) 642-5215 2
  5. 5. The Ultimate Guide to Visiting BERKELEYWhere Should I Stay?Piedmont Hotel/Hostel2434 Piedmont Ave(510) 849-4800 Maps & Resourcesberkeleyhostel.com Map of Campus http://berkeley.edu/map/maps/large_map.htmlHotel Shattuck Plaza2086 Allston Way AirBART http://www.flyoakland.com/bart_airbart.shtml(510) 845-7300www.hotelshattuckplaza.com BART http://www.bart.govQuality Inn1761 University Ave Air Express Cab(510) 841-4242 http://www.yelp.com/biz/air-express-cab-berkeley-4Rose Garden Inn Getting Here by Car http://visitors.berkeley.edu/gethere/traveling.shtml2740 Telegraph Ave(510) 549-2145www.rosegardeninn.com 3
  6. 6. Future Students The Ultimate Guide to Visiting BERKELEYHigh School Students Incoming FreshmenThere are 2 hour tours of campus daily, Mon-Sat from 10 am to 1pmdaily. On Weekdays they begin at 101 Sproul Hall, and weekday and Dorms/Move In Day:holiday tours begin at the Campanile. You can find more information http://www.housing.berkeley.edu/housing/here: http://visitors.berkeley.edu/tour/general.shtml Welcome Week:Cal Day http://welcome.berkeley.edu/A day in April where all the clubs come out and welcome visitors togive out free stuff. The best day to visit Berkeley out of the year. Clubshttp://calday.berkeley.edu/ There will always be tabling on Sproul dur- ing the weekdays of the school year and you can always go up to one of the peopleMore About Berkeley manning the tables and ask about the club. Fraternities and SororitiesCollege Confidentialhttp://talk.collegeconfidential.com/university-california-berkeley/ http://www.calgreeks.com/For chances to get into Berkeley, scheduling help, and questions on your major. Advice from a Senior:Berkeley on Reddit -Talk to as many people as you can. Yourhttp://www.reddit.com/r/berkeley comfort zone is smaller than you think.Recent Berkeley news and shenanigans -Take 13 units your first semester. ClassesBerkeley Events in Berkeley are no joke.http://events.berkeley.edu/Events in Berkeley and a weekly newsletter you can sign up for -Do not commit to a major until you are 4 sure you love it.
  7. 7. Best Food in Berkeley The Ultimate Guide to Visiting BERKELEYClosest to CampusSmart Alec’s2355 Telegraph Ave Berkeley Thai House (with Patio seating) 2511 Channing Way(510) 704-4000 510) 843-7352Mon-Sun 11 am - 9 pm www.berkeleythaihouse.com Brazil Cafe (Best Music)Chipotle 1983 Shattuck Ave2311 Telegraph Ave (510) 845-1056(510) 548-0340 Mon-Sat 11:30 am - 7:30 pmMon-Sun 11 am - 10 pm Cafe Durant (Mexican) 2517 Durant Ave Ste C (upstairs)Blondie’s Pizza www.cafedurant.com Mon-Sun 7:30 am - 9 pm2340 Telegraph Ave(510) 548-1129 Cheeseboard (Best Pizza)www.blondiespizza.com/berkeley. 1512 Shattuck Avehtml cheeseboardcollective.coop Tue-Sat 11:30 am - 3 pm Tue-Sat 4:30 pm - 8 pmFree Speech Movement CafeMoffitt Undergraduate Library 5
  8. 8. Best Food in Berkeley Continued The Ultimate Guide to Visiting BERKELEY Lotus House (Chinese) 2517A Durant Ave (510) 883-1811 Best Cafes Maoz (Vegetarian) People’s Cafe 2395 Telegraph Ave 2015 Shattuck Ave www.maozusa.com www.peoplesjoint.com Mon-Wed, Sun 11 am - 10 pm Thu-Sat 11 am - 11 pm Mon-Sun 7 am - 12 am Sunrise Deli (Middle Eastern) Caffe Strada 2456 Bancroft Way 2300 College Ave www.sunrisedeli.net (510) 843-5282 Mon-Fri 11 am - 9 pm Mon-Sun 6 am - 12 am Sonoma Cafe T-Toust (Korean) 2131 Durant Ave 2433 Durant Ave Ste F (510) 665-1440 (510) 666-8874 Mon-Fri 11 am - 9 pm Urban Turbann (Naan wraps) 1870 Euclid Ave www.urbannturbann.com Mon-Fri 11 am - 9 pm 6
  9. 9. Fun in Berkeley The Ultimate Guide to Visiting BERKELEY Sight Seeing Telegraph Avenue You haven’t been to Berkeley until you’ve been to Telegraph Avenue. It is a place that still retains some of the original Berkeley hippie flavor, and an eccelectic place full of characters that you won’t find anywhere else. The Campanile Yes, you can go up the clock tower! This is the most recognizable symbol of Berkeley. You can get a great view of the bay from the top for $2 and if you are a student you get in free with ID. The Botanical Gardens http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu/ This is arguably the most beautiful place in Berkeley. Flowers aren’t grouped here by species--they’re grouped by continents. Plan to set away at least half a day’s time if you’re planning to visit. Worth the $9 many times over and free if you’re a student. 7
  10. 10. More Fun in Berkeley The Ultimate Guide to Visiting BERKELEY ShoppingSports T Shirt Orgy 2350 Telegraph Avehttp://www.calbears.com/ Mon-Sun 11 am - 6:30 pmOur Big Game is the final football game of the season ver-sus Stanford. Big games are held at Berkeley’s Memorial Bancroft Clothing 2530 Bancroft WayStadium during even numbered years. Do not wear red. Mon-Sat 10 am - 6 pm Sun 11:30 am - 5:30 pm Cross Roads Trading Co.Nightlife 2338 Shattuck Ave Mon-Sat 11 am - 8 pmJupiter Sun 11 am - 7 pm2181 Shattuck Avehttp://www.jupiterbeer.com Urban Outfitters 2590 Bancroft WayShattuck Down Low Mon-Wed 10 am - 8 pm2284 Shattuck Ave Thu-Sat 10 am - 9 pmwww.shattuckdownlow.com Sun 11 am - 7 pm 4th Street 8 1807 Fourth Street
  11. 11. AboutLi LinCurrently a 4th year at BerkeleyQuestions or Comments ?Email me at LLIN@berkeley.edu 9

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