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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.

The Terraces - San Francisco, CA 94109
19

San Francisco, CA 94109

$2725

0-1 Bed 1 Bath

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


$2725

117 Units 0-1 Bed 1 Bath

77 Bluxome Apartments - San Francisco, CA 94107
13

San Francisco, CA 94107

$2490 - $2546

0 Beds 1 Bath

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


$2490 - $2546

102 Units 0 Beds 1 Bath

The Uptown - Oakland, CA 94612
36

Oakland, CA 94612

$2425 - $4243

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Oakland, CA (San Pablo Gateway, Uptown)


$2425 - $4243

665 Units 0-3 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

Baycliff Apartments - Richmond, CA 94806
11

Richmond, CA 94806

Contact for Pricing

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Richmond, CA (Hilltop)


Contact for Pricing

342 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

SoMa Square Apartments - San Francisco, CA 94107
34

San Francisco, CA 94107

$3260 - $4902

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

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


$3260 - $4902

410 Units 0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

The Tides - Richmond, CA 94806
25

Richmond, CA 94806

$1684 - $2915

1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Richmond, CA


$1684 - $2915

200 Units 1-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

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

Alameda, CA 94501

$2066 - $3527

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Alameda, CA (South Shore, West End)


$2066 - $3527

450 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Artistry Emeryville - Emeryville, CA 94608
21

Emeryville, CA 94608

$2068 - $3679

0-3 Beds 1-2 Baths

Emeryville, CA (Aquatic Park)


$2068 - $3679

261 Units 0-3 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

SOMA at 788 - San Francisco, CA 94107
23
(71)

San Francisco, CA 94107

$2556 - $5021

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (South of Market)

(71)

$2556 - $5021

160 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Aqua Via - Oakland, CA 94607
24

Oakland, CA 94607

$2337 - $3437

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Oakland, CA


$2337 - $3437

100 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Civic Plaza - El Cerrito, CA 94530
7
(6)

El Cerrito, CA 94530

$1775 - $2175

1-2 Beds 1 Bath

El Cerrito, CA (Midtown)

(6)

$1775 - $2175

162 Units 1-2 Beds 1 Bath

Point Alameda Apartments - Alameda, CA 94501
1
(11)

Alameda, CA 94501

$1650 - $2400

0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Alameda, CA (West End)

(11)

$1650 - $2400

144 Units 0-2 Beds 1-2 Baths

Furnished - San Francisco, CA 94105
6

San Francisco, CA 94105

$4000

2 Beds 2 Baths

San Francisco, CA (Rincon Hill, South Beach)


$4000

2 Beds 2 Baths

Furnished Studio - Oakland - Oakland, CA 94608
14

Oakland, CA 94608

$3060

1 Bed 0 Baths

Oakland, CA (Clawson, MacArthur Maze...)


$3060

1 Bed 0 Baths

Oak Village - Oakland, CA 94607
6

Oakland, CA 94607

$800 - $1220

0-2 Beds 1 Bath

Oakland, CA (Oak Center, West Oakland)


$800 - $1220

117 Units 0-2 Beds 1 Bath

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