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Overview of Berkeley

Perhaps it is the city's unique, diverse character, or the fact that it is home to the oldest of the University of California campuses, but Berkeley, Calif., has a reputation it is proud to maintain. Located on the east shore of San Francisco Bay, the city maintains the same progressive attitude as its neighbors - something those looking for Berkeley apartments for rent are sure to fall in love with. Despite its big reputation, Berkeley remains relatively small, with about 113,900 residents. The University of California, Berkeley, is a large presence in the city and the student involvement and activism of the 1960s defined Berkeley as a deeply liberal city, a reputation it still has today.

Living in Berkeley

Although the activism of the 1960s is very much a part of Berkeley's history, the city was founded by Europeans in the late 18th century. The city really began to grow when the campus of the University of California was established in 1873, creating a community with many Berkeley apartments for rent that was destined to be the city's driving economic and social force.

You'll find when looking for Berkeley apartments that the city is known as a hub for local and organic foods in Northern California. Its open-air farmers markets - offered in a variety of neighborhoods three days a week - help residents of apartments in Berkeley eat healthy and buy local. The downtown area offers plenty of art galleries, museums and performing arts centers, and is known for its local artist community. Families will enjoy a wide range of activities as well, whether flying kites at Cesar Chavez Park in West Berkeley or exploring the Habitot Children's Museum downtown. The student population has prompted plenty of microbrew pubs to set up shop in town, and the plethora of parks in Berkeley and the surrounding areas provide ample opportunities to hike, bike, rock climb, fish or simply enjoy the great outdoors. Sports enthusiasts can catch an Oakland Raiders or San Francisco 49ers game, while music lovers in Berkeley apartments may want to check out annual music festivals like the Downtown Berkeley Music Fest, Berkeley World Music Festival or the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention.

Berkeley Apartments and Cost of Living

AreaVibes gives Berkeley an "A+" for both housing and local amenities, but these come with a price. The cost of living in Berkeley apartments for rent is 52.9 percent greater than the national average. When you're looking for apartments for rent in Berkeley, you'll also find that rentals are also expensive. The average rentals in Berkeley are 46.9 percent greater than the national average.

Apartments in Berkeley Work and Study

The major source of employment and education in Berkeley is the University of California, Berkeley. Founded just after the Gold Rush, the flagship campus has played a major role in the history of science and society. If you choose to find apartments for rent in Berkeley near the campus, the tens of thousands of students who attend classes at UC Berkeley can choose from 14 colleges and schools, offering hundreds of areas of study. In addition to employment opportunities in academia and other careers within the university, those looking for rentals may also find work in science and medicine fields, given that some of the largest employers are Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. The City of Berkeley and Bayer Corporation also employ a large number of citizens.

Soma Residences - San Francisco, CA 94103
25

San Francisco, CA 94103

$2507 - $3793

0-1 Bed 1 Bath

San Francisco, CA (South of Market)


$2507 - $3793

278 Units 0-1 Bed 1 Bath

Allegro at Jack London Square - Oakland, CA 94607
10

Oakland, CA 94607

$2510 - $4865

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Oakland, CA (Loft District, Produce and Waterfront)


$2510 - $4865

310 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Bay Street - Emeryville, CA 94608
20

Emeryville, CA 94608

$2704 - $3386

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Emeryville, CA (Aquatic Park)


$2704 - $3386

284 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Pinnacle at Nob Hill - San Francisco, CA 94108
11

San Francisco, CA 94108

$2350 - $4250

0-1 Bed 1 Bath

San Francisco, CA (Downtown, Lower Nob Hill...)


$2350 - $4250

205 Units 0-1 Bed 1 Bath

Parc on Powell - Emeryville, CA 94608
17

Emeryville, CA 94608

$2555 - $4180

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Emeryville, CA (Aquatic Park)


$2555 - $4180

173 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Bayside Village - San Francisco, CA 94107
26

San Francisco, CA 94107

$2597 - $6256

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (South Beach)


$2597 - $6256

862 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Tides - Richmond, CA 94806
15

Richmond, CA 94806

$1721 - $2100

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Richmond, CA


$1721 - $2100

200 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Terraces - San Francisco, CA 94109
19

San Francisco, CA 94109

$2541

0-1 Bed 1 Bath

San Francisco, CA (Downtown, Lower Nob Hill...)


$2541

117 Units 0-1 Bed 1 Bath

SoMa Square Apartments - San Francisco, CA 94107
34

San Francisco, CA 94107

$3456 - $5054

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Financial District South, South Beach)


$3456 - $5054

410 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Geary Courtyard - San Francisco, CA 94102
20

San Francisco, CA 94102

$2617 - $3267

0-1 Bed 1 Bath

San Francisco, CA (Downtown, NOMA...)


$2617 - $3267

164 Units 0-1 Bed 1 Bath

77 Bluxome Apartments - San Francisco, CA 94107
13

San Francisco, CA 94107

$2475 - $2563

0 Bed 1 Bath

San Francisco, CA (Mission Bay, South of Market)


$2475 - $2563

102 Units 0 Bed 1 Bath

The Uptown - Oakland, CA 94612
36

Oakland, CA 94612

$2321 - $4606

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Oakland, CA (San Pablo Gateway, Uptown)


$2321 - $4606

665 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

South Shore Beach And Tennis Club - Alameda, CA 94501
19

Alameda, CA 94501

$1767 - $3548

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Alameda, CA (South Shore, West End)


$1767 - $3548

450 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Summit at Hilltop, The - San Pablo, CA 94806
10

San Pablo, CA 94806

$1375 - $1838

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Artistry Emeryville - Emeryville, CA 94608
21

Emeryville, CA 94608

$2210 - $3734

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Emeryville, CA (Aquatic Park)


$2210 - $3734

261 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Courtyards at 65th Street - Emeryville, CA 94608
20

Emeryville, CA 94608

$1875 - $3330

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Emeryville, CA (Aquatic Park)


$1875 - $3330

331 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Avenue 64 - Emeryville, CA 94608
16
(99)

Emeryville, CA 94608

$2135 - $4813

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Emeryville, CA (Aquatic Park)

(99)

$2135 - $4813

227 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Grand - Oakland, CA 94612
31

Oakland, CA 94612

$2465 - $6245

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Oakland, CA (Downtown)


$2465 - $6245

243 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Domain Oakland - Oakland, CA 94612
11

Oakland, CA 94612

$2276 - $8405

0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Oakland, CA (City Center, Downtown)


$2276 - $8405

264 Units 0-3 Beds 1-3 Baths

Merritt On 3rd - Oakland, CA 94606
36

Oakland, CA 94606

$1900 - $2850

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

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