Welcome to Berkeley, California

Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern California. Its neighbors to the south are the cities of Oakland and Emeryville. To the north are the city of Albany and the unincorporated town of Kensington. The eastern city limits coincide with the county line (bordering on Contra Costa County), which generally follows the ridgeline of the Berkeley Hills. Berkeley is the home of the University of California, Berkeley, the flagship campus of the University of California, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Hall of Science, Space Sciences Laboratory, and Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, which are on the campus grounds.

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While Berkeley is a relatively small city, a number of distinct neighborhoods have developed.

Surrounding the University of California campus are the most densely populated parts of the city. West of the campus is Downtown Berkeley, the city’s traditional commercial core, home of the civic center, the city’s only public high school, the busiest BART station in Berkeley, as well as a major transfer point for AC Transit buses. South of the campus is the Southside neighborhood, where much of the university’s student housing is located. The busiest stretch of Telegraph Avenue is in this neighborhood. North of the campus is the quieter Northside neighborhood.

In the southeastern corner of the city, bordering Oakland is the Claremont neighborhood, home to the Claremont Hotel and the Elmwood neighborhood, with a thriving shopping area on College Avenue. West of Elmwood is South Berkeley, known for its weekend flea market at the Ashby BART station. West of (and including) San Pablo Avenue is West Berkeley. West Berkeley contains the remnants of Berkeley's industrial area, much of which has been replaced by retail and office uses, including the popular 4th Street shopping district. Along the shoreline of San Francisco Bay at the foot of University Avenue is the Berkeley Marina. North of Downtown is the North Berkeley neighborhood, nicknamed the "Gourmet Ghetto" because of the concentration of well-known restaurants and other food-related businesses. Farther north is Northbrae, a master-planned subdivision from the early 20th Century, and Thousand Oaks. Above these last three neighborhoods, in the northeastern part of Berkeley, are the Berkeley Hills. The neighborhoods of the Berkeley Hills, such as Cragmont and La Loma Park, are notable for their dramatic views, winding streets, and numerous public stairways and paths.

Berkeley's Points of Interest

Incorporated in 1878, Berkeley continues to welcome newcomers from all backgrounds, foster close community ties, and live up to its reputation as an innovative, exciting, and fun place to live. When asked what they like most about living in Berkeley, residents repeatedly cite cultural diversity, art, beautiful parks, innovative businesses, and friendliness amongst neighbors. Other frequently mentioned characteristics include great restaurants and shopping, proximity to the University of California campus, geographic location, the physical beauty of the environment, easy access to San Francisco, Oakland, and Silicon Valley, the weather, community services, recreational activities - and an abundance of things to do!

Private Schools In Berkeley

The Academy School - Grades: K - 8
2722 Benvenue Avenue, 510.549.0605

Archway School - Grades: K - 8
1940 Virginia Street, (5th - 8th grade campus), 510.547.4747

Arrowsmith Academy - Grades: 9 - 12
2300 Bancroft Way, 510.540.0440

The Berkeley School - Grades: PK - 8
2030 Francisco St., (Preschool/Kindergarten), 510.849.8340
1310 University Ave., (Elementary/Middle School campus), 510.665.8800

Berkwood Hedge School - Grades: K - 5
1809 Bancroft Way, 510.883.6991

Black Pine Circle Day School - Grades: K - 8
2027 7th Street, 510.845.0876

The Crowden School - Grades: 4 - 8
Full academic day school with music composition and instruction
1475 Rose Street, 510.559.6910

East Bay School for Girls - Grades: K - 5
2727 College Avenue, 510.849.9444

Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley - Grades: PK - 8
Bilingual curriculum taught in English and French
1009 Heinz Avenue, 510.549.3867

Maybeck High School - (Co-op school) Grades: 9 - 12
2362 Bancroft Way, 510.841.8489

Montessori Family School - Grades: PK - 6
1850 Scenic Avenue, (PK-K campus)
1 Lawson Road, **Kensington (1 - 6 campus), 510.848.2322

St. Mary’s College High School - (Catholic) Grades: 9 - 12
Peralta Park, 510.526.9242

School of the Madeleine - (Catholic) Grades: K - 8
1225 Milvia Street, 510.526.4744

Walden Center & School - (Co-op school) Grades: K - 6
2446 McKinley Avenue, 510.841.7248

Colleges and Universities

University of California, Berkeley, 510.642.6000,

John F. Kennedy University, 925.254.0200,

Berkeley City Community College, 510.841.8431,

Arts and Cultural Activities


Aurora Theatre Company, 510.843.4822,

Emphasis on plays that connect the playwright, the actor, and the audience.

Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 510.845.4700,

Renowned theater group performing a year-round season of plays.

Berkeley Child Art Studio, 510.644.6893,

Children 2-16 can participate in year-round classes in all media.

Berkeley Symphony, 510.841.2800,

Under the direction of Kent Nagano and offering innovative programming that includes a number of rarely heard twentieth-century scores.

Cal Performances, 510.642.9988,

University of California, Berkeley 510.642.5215,

Bookstores, libraries, museums, lectures and concerts.

Cinemas, Theaters and Stadiums

Shattuck Cinema, 510.464.5980,

United Artists Cinemas Four, 510.843.1487,

Aurora Theatre Company, 510.843.4822,

Berkeley Community Theatre, 510.644.8593,

Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 510.845.4700,

California Athletic Ticket Office, 800.462.3277

Julia Morgan Theatre, 510.845.8542,

Zellerbach Auditorium, 510.642.9988,

Libraries and Museums

Berkeley Public Library, 510.981.6100,

Judah L. Magnes Memorial Museum, 510.549.6950,
Arts and artifacts of Jewish culture.


Lawrence Hall of Sciences, 510.642.5132,
Science museum with hands-on exhibits.

University Art Museum, 510.642.0808,

Hosts major traveling exhibits and houses a large collection of 17th-20th century paintings and sculptures.

Recreational Activities

Cal Adventures, 510.642.4000,
Offers instruction on various activities for children 8 or older.

Codornices Park, 510.981.6700,
Offers a wide array of recreational opportunities in a beautiful hillside setting.

Tilden Park Golf Course, 510.848.7373,

Tilden Regional Park, 510.635.0135,
Lake Anza, year round fishing, environmental and nature area, merry-go-round, steam train, pony rides, hiking, jogging, bicycling and equestrian trails

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