University of California-Berkeley Visit Report by thatgirltoo
Visit to University of California-Berkeley in March 2008 by thatgirltoo(Student, HS Class of 2002)
(Member since February 04 2008 with 428 posts)
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Campus Tour: Yes - It was a mix of prospective students and tourists. We didn't go inside any buildings.
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Campus Visit Notes for University of California-Berkeley
I just want to touch a bit more on the tour: I was expecting to be able to go inside some buildings, but we didn't. It might have been that I chose a day when three middle school groups were touring campus as well, so it was a bit busy. Our group included international tourists as well as prospective students, which I did expect, actually. There is an online tour on Berkeley's YouTube page, with photos, and using the narrative that you can download for your iPod (for self-tours). At the end of the tour, I met a fellow CCC classmate who works at Cal, and we visited the Map Library at McCone Hall (I'm a Geography major). I also studied at Doe Library in the afternoon - the reading rooms are gorgeous and perfect for studying.
Since I don't plan on living in the dorms, I didn't visit any of them. Likewise, I didn't eat in any of them. The cafes around the Berkeley campus are all very good and cheap, though. The entire area around Berkeley is college-student oriented, like a college town, but in the middle of a very large city.
I like that Cal is very centrally located. It is a large campus, but compact - most campus buildings are on campus, with a few just off campus by one or two streets. However, some people might be put off by the number of students on campus - I am a city girl at heart, but felt a bit overwhelmed when the Campanile bells rang at noon and seemingly every student on campus was out of class.
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Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:
The Stuffed Inn at 1829 Euclid Avenue, northside. Delicious sandwiches for under $5.
Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):
BART stations are nearby, buses galore, parking is a royal pain. Easy access to SF, Oakland, the rest of Berkeley.