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University of California, Berkeley

District Guide
There's more to Berkeley than the University of California. While the campus may be the city's economic and cultural nexus, Berkeley's neighborhoods are as distinctive as they are diverse. From the scruffy, countercultural appeal of Telegraph Avenue to the Olympian grandeur of the hills and the post-industrial hip of Fourth Street, the communities of Berkeley all celebrate the city's iconoclastic but self-assured character. 

 Dining And Drinking
Whether elegant or casual, it is simply impossible to find a more international selection of restaurants than in Berkeley. Within a few blocks of campus, one can dine inexpensively on the cuisine of at least 50 different countries. And, should the culinary climate inspire one to head to the kitchen, a range of cooking and specialty food stores stands ready to meet the most epicurean requirements.

Any large college town worth its salt features a constant variety of things to see, hear and do. Mix in the particular multicultural soup that is Berkeley, and you have a world-class entertainment scene, both on campus and off. Failing all else, of course, San Francisco's right across the Bay. But trust us, the traffic is a killer on Saturday night.

 Fun Facts
Berkeley State:California Country: United States of America

Berkeley By The Numbers:

Population: 100,750 (city); 7,200,000 (metropolitan Bay Area) Average Winter Temperature: 50 °F/10 °C Average Summer Temperature: 62 °F/16 °C Number of Undergraduates at Berkeley: 24,600

Quick Facts:

Electricity: 110 volts, 60Hz, standard two pin plugs Time Zone: GMT-8 (GMT-7, daylight savings time); Pacific Standard Time (PST) Country Dialing Code: 1 Area Code: 510 Number of Arrests in the Tree Sit-In: 98 and counting

 Where To Stay
Telegraph Avenue & South Berkeley

Hotels near campus, the Bancroft Hotel and the Hotel Durant foremost amongst them, have been around since the 1920s or 1930s. As much to celebrate their survival as their exclusive location so near the The University of California, these hotels tend to be run with a bit of pomp and circumstance. Other campus area hotels include the smaller Beau Sky Hotel and The French Hotel. Slightly farther down Telegraph, but often serving the same clientele and in any case has many of the same attributes, is the quaint Rose Garden Inn.

Downtown Berkeley

Downtown Berkeley offers many accommodations in an incredibly central location, making access to most parts of the city easy. The Hotel Shattuck Plaza is about as central and convenient as you can get, while still preserving its Victorian charm. Slightly farther down you will find the Nash Hotel, whose close proximity to many of the great things Berkeley has to offer makes it a prime choice for those who want to be in the thick of things.

Fourth Street

The area around Fourth Street offers plenty to its visitors. In addition to its thriving shopping district, it is also home to the Berkeley Marina and several comfortable hotels. The Berkeley Marina Hotel offers spectacular views of its namesake, as well as a convenient location to both the rest of Berkeley as well as San Francisco. Also abundant in the Berkeley Marina area are big name, well trusted hotel chains such as The Radisson and DoubleTree.

The Elmwood

The Elmwood is home to what is probably Berkeley's most famous hotel, the large and popular Claremont Resort and Spa. Just at the base of the hill, the Claremont offers countless tennis courts and pools, spa facilities and the like. It is a favorite with locals, whether for wedding receptions, business meetings or weekend getaways. The ever popular Sunday brunch is always a favorite.


Even more hotels have converged near the freeway on rapidly emerging Emeryville to the south: a Holiday Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, the renovated Sheraton Four Points and the towering new Woodfin. These hotels all come equipped with meeting facilities, computer hook-ups, copiers, fax service and other business necessities.

Recommended Tours
Berkeley offers a variety of things to do for both visitor and local alike. From the scholastic to outdoorsy to culinary and, of course, shopping, Berkeley has something for every kind of person and to suit every fancy.

University  of California, Berkeley
   The University of California, Berkeley (also referred to as UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, or simply Cal) is a public research university located in Berkeley, California, United States. The university occupies 1,232 acres (499 ha) on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay with the central campus resting on 178 acres (72 ha).Berkeley is the flagship institution of the 10 campus University of California system and one of only two UC campuses operating on a semester calendar, the other being UC Merced.

Established in 1868 as the result of the merger of the private College of California and the public Agricultural, Mining, and Mechanical Arts College in Oakland, Berkeley is the oldest institution in the UC system and offers approximately 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. Berkeley has been charged with providing both "classical" and "practical" education for the state's people. Berkeley co-manages three United States Department of Energy National Laboratories, including the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Berkeley faculty, alumni, and researchers have won 72 Nobel Prizes (including 28 alumni Nobel laureates), 9 Wolf Prizes, 7 Fields Medals, 15 Turing Awards, 45 MacArthur Fellowships, 20 Academy Awards, and 11 Pulitzer Prizes. To date, UC Berkeley and its researchers are associated with 6 chemical elements of the periodic table (californium, seaborgium, berkelium, einsteinium, fermium, lawrencium) and Berkeley Lab has discovered 16 chemical elements in total – more than any other university in the world. Berkeley is a founding member of the Association of American Universities and continues to have very high research activity with $652.4 million in research and development expenditures in 2009. Berkeley physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer was the scientific director of the Manhattan Project that developed the first atomic bomb in the world, which he personally headquartered at Los Alamos, New Mexico, during World War II. Faculty member Edward Teller was (together with Stanislaw Ulam) the "father of the hydrogen bomb". Known as the California Golden Bears (often shortened to "Cal Bears" or just "Cal"), the athletic teams are members of both the Pacific-12 Conference and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in the NCAA.


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