Visiting

Although you can learn a lot from this website, we encourage you to visit us in person and immerse yourself in our School community, the vibrant UC Berkeley campus, and the surrounding Bay Area.

Experiencing the School of Public Health

The School of Public Health’s central offices are located on the northwest corner of the UC Berkeley campus in University Hall, at the corner of University Avenue and Oxford Street.

The School’s Students Services Office hosts several prospective student events in the fall; see the Prospective Students Events web page for dates and times before you plan your visit.

If you are a prospective student who is an underrepresented minority or comes from a disadvantaged background, you may want to get in touch with our D.R.E.A.M. Office (Diversity Respect Equity Action Multiculturalism Office) before your visit. You can arrange to meet with D.R.E.A.M. Office staff or one of our many student ambassadors while you are here.

Exploring the UC Berkeley campus

The tranquil, wooded, 178-acre campus of UC Berkeley enjoys thousands of visitors each year, and UC Berkeley Visitor Services ensures that their visits are smooth, informative, and enjoyable. The UC Berkeley Visitor Center is located at 210 Stadium Way, on Goldman Plaza of historic California Memorial Stadium and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 1 :00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Driving directions to campus.

Guided campus tours are offered daily. Please see the Campus Tours page on the UC Berkeley website to learn more and to reserve your space on a public tour. There are also self-guided tour options, if you can’t make a guided tour or wish to explore on your own.

Please feel free to stop by the Visitor Center to pick up a campus map and literature about the university.

Don’t miss the Bay Area

There are so many things to see and do in Berkeley and the surrounding Bay Area that it’s almost overwhelming! We hope that while you are here, you will get to experience a bit of our fun, vibrant culture. While San Francisco is a destination city that’s just a short BART ride away, there is also much to do in the many pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods in Berkeley. Visit the Cal Parents website for information about campus life, dining, and accommodations.

Visiting Tips & Tricks

  • Parking: We won’t sugarcoat it—parking in Berkeley can be very difficult! Public transit is a great option, and the downtown Berkeley BART station is only two blocks from University Hall. If you have to drive, there is metered street parking, but be aware of time and restrictions because they are strictly enforced by the City. There are also off-campus parking lots and on-campus off-peak hour parking (after 5 p.m. on weeknights and all day on weekends). More parking tips.
  • The Campanile: Don’t forget to visit UC Berkeley’s most famous landmark, Sather Tower, more popularly known as the Campanile. The observation deck provides visitors with a spectacular view of the Berkeley campus and San Francisco across the bay. Only $3 for adults and children under 3 are free. More info.
  • Campus events: There are always intellectual, cultural, athletic, and artistic events happening on the Berkeley campus, and many are open to the public. Don’t forget to check out the UC Berkeley Events Calendar before you arrive and see what catches your interest.
  • Cal Day: Berkeley’s campuswide open house is held each year on a Saturday in April. The next one is Saturday, April 22, 2017. Cal Day is more than 300 events, one unforgettable day, with entertainment and information for people of all ages.