Summer Housing FAQ

Below is a list of the most common information people want to know about summer.  If you have more questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you are interested in Summer 2019 housing, apply now to have the best chance of getting the housing you want!

1. Who is eligible for summer housing?

All verification must be dated February 16, 2019 or later.

You only need to be in ONE of the following categories to be eligible for Summer 2018 housing in our co-ops:
• You are a full-time student at a college or university (UCB or another) during Spring 2019, working toward a recognized academic goal
• You will be a full-time student at a college/university (UCB or another) for Fall 2019
• You will be taking classes at UC Berkeley for Summer 2018

2. What kind of documentation do I need to verify my eligibility?

Acceptable verification includes ONE of the following (note that all verification documents must be dated February 16, 2019 or later and include your name and the College/University name AND, if you are applying for Convent or Hillegass/Parker, the document should clearly show that you are a Grad/Re-entry student):
• a copy of your Spring 2019 registration with a current date OR
• a copy of your Fall 2019 acceptance letter OR
• a copy of your UCB Summer 2019 confirmed class schedule
Note that we will not be able to consider you for assignment until we have received the proper verification of membership eligibility. 

3. When should I expect to hear from you? How will you contact me?

We will be making the first round of summer contract offers starting around March 13. If you are on the waiting list, you will be sent an email with a log in time to select your spot. After you reserve your spot, you will wait until the contracts are ready beginning approximately March 30.  You will then have until April 10 to sign your contract and make the payment. If you join the waiting list after March 13, we will let you know the time line for summer offers when you submit your summer waiting list application. We begin making second half of summer assignments in May.

4. What should I consider before making my housing preferences?

Hoyt Hall and Sherman Hall (which are women only during the academic year) will be co-ed during the Summer.  Hoyt will be closed Summer 2019 for seismic upgrades.

Every summer there are construction and maintenance projects in the different co-ops.  To get a sense of the kind of work that is done during the summer, view the list of Summer 2019 Construction Projects

The Summer 2019 units that are open for room and board are Davis, Hillegass Parker, Hoyt, Kingman, Lothlorien, Wolf and Wilde. 

Members should expect to live in a shared room.  Rooms are assigned by a process called Room Bids.  Apartment spaces in Rochdale, Fenwick and Northside are all single rooms as are spaces in Hillegass Parker and Convent.

During the summer only, you do not need to be a UC Berkeley student to live at Rochdale, Fenwick, or Convent, as long as you are otherwise eligible.  You must be a UC Berkeley student to live at Cloyne Court.

5. What is the summer contract period?

The full Summer 2019 contract period is May 26 - August 17, 2019.

There are also options for contacts for half of the summer.  The first half of summer contract for 2019 is May 26 - July 6, 2019 and the second half of summer contract is July 7 - August 17, 2019. 

6. Can I cancel a contract once I sign? What will it cost?

You may cancel a summer 2019 contract without penalty as long as you do so through the member portal by the cancellation deadline which is April 10, 2019.  .  If you cancel a contract after that date, your charges will depend on whether or not we are able to replace you. If we are able to replace you, we will charge you $75 plus charges until you are replaced in your unit.  If we cannot replace you, your maximum liability will be the cost of your summer contract. Late summer cancellations will be very expensive.

7. Will there be food?

The co-ops that will be open for room and board in Summer 2019 are Davis, Hillegass Parker, Hoyt, Kingman, Lothlorien, Wilde and Wolf. All other units will be open for room only contracts. Some room-only houses may decide to charge a fee to keep staples on hand for all. You will have kitchen privileges in a communal kitchen in your house or an individual kitchen in your apartment.  

8. Can I stay for Fall?

Summer residents who live in the co-ops for at least 6 weeks will have priority on the fall waiting list at the end of the six weeks. However, summer residents are not guaranteed a spot in the co-op for fall. You should also be aware that if you do receive a fall assignment, it will not necessarily be for the same house or apartment you are assigned to for summer. You must be a full-time registered college student to live in the co-op during the academic year. See our Academic Year eligibility requirements. Spaces for Fall are assigned from a separate waiting list, so if you are also interested in Fall, make sure you put yourself on the Fall waiting list too. (No additional fee is required.)

9. What are my chances of being assigned?

For the Summer contract period, it is generally easy to get housing.  The summer you apply, the better your chances of getting an assignment.  We recommend numbering as many places as you are willing to live in as the more preferences you have, the more likely it is that we will assign you.  

10. What is the Summer Workshift requirement?

The workshift requirement will be approximately 5 hours a week in all houses except for the Rochdale/Fenwick and Northside Apartments. In the apartments, the requirement is 4 hours per session for people who hold contracts for only one summer session and 12 hours if you hold a contract for the full summer. You can read more about workshifts here.

11. Will I get a single room?

In the co-op houses, new members should expect a shared room.  Specific room assignments are determined at the beginning of summer in Room Bids.  You are guaranteed a single only in our two grad/re-entry co-ops, the Convent, Hillegass Parker, and in Rochdale Village and Fenwick Village (excepting Fenwick one-bedroom apartments which may be shared by two people). 

12. What if I want to live with someone specific?

Log into the portal at the same time as your friend and pick from the available options that have more than one vacancy.  We cannot guarantee that you will be assigned to the same co-op unit.

13. Will my room be furnished?

Each resident is guaranteed a bed, desk, dresser and chair. If any of these things are not there when you arrive, just ask your house manager! You are also welcome to bring your own furnishings.

14. How much will Summer housing cost?

Summer 2019 rates can be viewed on the Rates page.