Soak up the boho vibe in Southside Berkeley, where you’ll find indie stores alongside cool eateries, just minutes from campus
Located right beside the University of California, Southside Berkeley is great for students who want to live close to campus. And you can feel the fun atmosphere at every turn. Walk just 15 minutes to class and pass great places to sit and catch up on your reading. Spend an afternoon perched on the leafy patio in Caffe Strada to study for an exam. Take a stroll along tree-lined streets and find a flurry of unique boutiques and international eateries. Meet friends for a taste of the ‘best Italian food in Berkeley’ at Gypsy’s Trattoria Italiana.
Next, head away from the university and wander down Telegraph Avenue to sample Berkeley’s alternative scene. From sidewalk vendors selling hippie clothing to beloved indie stores like Moe’s Books, this street should be on every student’s hit list. Drift over to bright café Mokka when it’s time for a break, where you can people-watch from a window seat over a Fairtrade espresso and hot panini.
Exploring your new home is easy thanks to regular buses running close to uni, which can take you as far as the surrounding nature reserves. Escape the bustling city centre with a challenging hike into the Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve, and enjoy stunning views over San Francisco Bay and leafy Oakland Hills.
For something a little more laid-back, head past the university campus to the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, or keep going to Tilden Regional Park where you can spend the day sunbathing on the shore of Lake Anza, before diving in for a swim.