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We are excited to see you all at the 2024 On-Campus Summer Visit on the Berkeley campus! Your time with us will be a combination of community-building activities, academic and career advising, program and anti-racism workshops, opportunities to meet with faculty, and social events. We will be hosting all these events at our Berkeley Public Health building, Berkeley Way West.

We understand there could be challenges with visas and specific vaccine mandate details. We will actively monitor this and communicate directly with you about travel and public health issues.

Global Health Fellows:  please reach out to your Program Manager if you have any questions about your Summer Visit plans or completing your residency requirement in Summer 2024.

We look forward to seeing you this summer!

First Year On-Campus Summer Visit

For all students enrolled in PHW200E HPM Breadth

  • Course dates: May 13 – June 30, 2024
  • Campus Visit Dates: Monday, June 24* – Friday, June 28, 2024

*All 1st Year Students: there will be an optional reception on the evening of Monday, June 24.  Required sessions for non-RHI scholars will begin on the morning of Tuesday, June 25.

*RHI Scholars: RHI scholars will have required programming starting on the morning of Monday, June 24.  Stay tuned for more details.

Second Year On-Campus Summer Visit

For all students enrolled in PHW289 Interdisciplinary Seminar

  • Course dates: May 13 – June 30, 2024
  • Campus Visit Dates:
    • Schedule (Subject to Change)
    • (Oski Session 1) Tuesday, May 28 – Sunday, June 2, 2024
    • (Fiat Lux Session 2) Saturday, June 1 – Thursday, June 6, 2024
Attendance Requirements

Attendance at both On-Campus Summer Visits (1st-year, as part of W200E, and 2nd-year, as part of W289) fulfills the residency requirement of the OOMPH program.  The residency requirement must be satisfied in order to graduate.  Due to COVID mitigation efforts, the program pivoted to a remote modality for Summer Visits in 2020 and 2021 and the on-campus residency requirement was waived for the portions that were completed remotely.

For Summer 2022 and beyond, there is no mechanism available to be able to make up for missed days of either Summer Visit and the sessions are structured in a way that doesn’t allow for a hybrid or remote/asynchronous option.

If you think or already know you will not be able to attend the on-campus visit this Summer, please reach out to your Faculty Advisor or Program Manager to discuss how to map your courses and on-campus visit for the following or subsequent Summer.

Attendance Issues Due to Covid or Reasons Out of Student Control

For students who make a concerted effort to attend the On-Campus Summer Visit but are delayed or unable to attend for reasons out of their control, the program will work with the students to satisfy the residency requirement without delaying their expected graduation term.  For example, if a student who makes travel arrangements to come to Berkeley but tests positive for Covid in the preceding days or while on campus, there will be no expectation for that student to return to campus for the same visit in a subsequent Summer.

With the public health situation still fluid, we will work with campus leadership to provide updated information relevant to the On-Campus Summer Visit, including testing and vaccination requirements.  We will be as flexible as possible in addressing student concerns and will work with each student on a case-by-case basis for attendance issues outside of a student’s control.

Students who are unable to attend the On-Campus Summer Visit for reasons out of their control should contact their program manager as early as possible.

BWW Location & Campus Map

We are excited to host the majority of our events at our Berkeley Way West (BWW) building.

2121 Berkeley Way,

Berkeley, CA 94704

Google Maps link

Interactive Campus Map

Public Transportation

We are a 5-10 minute walk from the Downtown Berkeley BART Station. Exit to Shattuck Avenue and Center Street. Walk north on Shattuck Avenue until you reach Berkeley Way. UC Berkeley and BWW also have stops along many AC Transit bus lines.

Bear Transit

Bear Transit is UC Berkeley’s shuttle system, servicing the campus and vicinity. Check this page for schedules and bus stops.

Bicycle Parking

BWW offers a secured bike parking area on the 1st floor. The entrance is on Hearst Avenue. Bicycle racks are also provided at convenient locations outside BWW. The Campus Bike Map includes preferred pathways and dismount zones. More information about bikes on campus can be found here.

Nearby Airports

San Francisco and Oakland airports are served by many US and international airlines and are both within a short distance from UC Berkeley. There are several transportation options from the San Francisco and Oakland airports. BART is the cheapest option, but you may find other means of transportation more convenient. Additional transit information is available at airport websites below.

Parking

Berkeley Way West

Street parking may be difficult to find and is limited to two hours. We recommend using public transportation when possible. Daily student parking permits are available to purchase for $10 a day for the “S” Permit lots: Underhill, Foothill, Twitter, Clark Kerr and Ellsworth. However, these locations are not near BWW. A map of these lots can be found here. Public lots operated by the City of Berkeley are also available for a fee. The Center Street Parking Garage is located closest to BWW.

The Berkeley Parking & Transportation page provides more information about accessing campus.

Student Parking Permits

  • To order a daily ‘S’ student parking permit, please go to My P&T Online (link is external) or PayByPhone (available now)
  • The daily parking permit costs $10 per day
  • Students may park in any the parking facilities below:
    • Underhill, Foothill, Lower Hearst, Clark Kerr & Ellsworth
      • Recommended lots: Lower Hearst Structure (6 minute walk) Ellsworth (16 minute walk)
  • The daily parking permit is valid from 5:00am to 2:00am the following day

There are many hotels and alternative housing options available on and near UC Berkeley campus.  Below are some options for you to explore and book.

On-Campus Residence Hall Housing 

The available oncampus housing rooms will be located in the Foothill residence hall buildings, which offer suite-style housing accommodations with four to nine bedrooms per suite. Each suite has a separate entrance, shared living room, and shared bathroom(s). Please note that Foothill residence hall is a student housing complex (i.e. dorm) that typically serves undergraduate students during the academic year.

Foothill residence hall is approximately 0.7 miles (17-20 minute walk through campus) from the Berkeley Public Health Building (Berkeley Way West) where most of the sessions will take place.

The residence hall offers single-occupancy rooms and double/triple-occupancy rooms within a shared suite. Single-occupancy room refers to one attendee being assigned to a room within a suite, while double/triple-occupancy room refers to two to three attendees assigned to a room within a suite. Please note that room assignments are within an all-gender shared suite. All guests within the suite will either be OOMPH students or their guests.

Provided Services and Amenities:

Each room comes furnished with an XL twin bed, desk, chair, dresser, mirror, and closet, as well as a microwave and mini-refrigerator. High-speed Wi-Fi, Xfinity streaming TV, and a phone jack outlet are also available. The residence hall features an on-site central fitness center, recreation room, coin/app-operated laundry center, and kitchenette located in the lobby of each hall.

Beds will be made upon arrival with a pillow, pillowcase, sheets, blanket, and bedspread. Two towels, a washcloth, and a bar of soap are also provided. Linens and towels will be changed weekly. Bedrooms will not be cleaned during your stay, but common areas such as lounges and bathrooms will be cleaned daily.

View 3-D Room Layouts.

Please note that suites/rooms do not have air-conditioning units.

OnCampus Housing Rates:

  • Single Occupancy Room: $95/night/person + $11/day meal plan/person + tax
  • Double/Triple Occupancy Room: $65/night/person + $11/day meal plan/person + tax

Rates are based on a per person, per night charge.

Meal Plan: $11/day + tax

A 1-meal per day meal plan, which includes breakfast, is required for the visit. Meal plans are currently required for all on-campus housing reservations

Optional Parking Rate: $17/day + tax
Parking is conveniently located near Foothill at the Foothill Parking Lot.

Payment for this housing option will be made directly to the OOMPH program via check or money order (more details to follow), as direct individual payments to the housing office are not possible.

Cancellation Policy: Once a reservation is confirmed, cancellation of the reservation at any point may result in guests being charged up to 50% of the total invoice amount. There will be some flexibility for cancellations that are due to extenuating circumstances.

More OnCampus Housing info, including room tours and building amenities: https://housing.berkeley.edu/explore-housing-options/summer-housing/

Guest Services Info can be found at: https://summerconferencehousing.berkeley.edu/host-a-conference/guest-services-information/

For more info on how to reserve On-Campus rooms, please email oomph_admin@berkeley.edu.  The initial deadline to request a reservation has passed, though we are often able to work with the housing office to add new guests.


Off-Campus Housing Options

Cal Rentals

Calrentals is an off-campus housing listing service run by UC Berkeley. Requires CalNet ID to log in, free service for people searching for housing.

Graduate Assembly Housing Guide

Graduate Assembly is a housing guide with more information about the local market and available resources.

Other Websites

There are numerous websites that offer consolidated lists of lodging options, e.g. Hotels.com, AirBnB.com, VRBO.com.

YMCA

Perfect for younger travelers and located in the heart of Downtown Berkeley, the Berkeley YMCA Residence welcomes a diverse mix of guests from all over the world.

Offering affordable rates, private rooms, and a shared kitchen and lounge, our facility is like a hotel / hostel crossover. And the best part? Guests receive full access to the connected Downtown Berkeley YMCA Health and Fitness Center for no extra cost.

The residence is conveniently located just steps from shopping, restaurants, theaters, BART and the University of California, Berkeley. For more information, please visit https://ymcaeastbay.org/specialty-locations/berkeley-y-hotel

Nearby Hotels

Accessibility and Accommodations

If you require accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about campus mobility access features in order to fully participate in this event, please contact oomph_prog_mgr@berkeley.edu

Cal Student Store 

The official store of UC Berkeley. Located at 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 229-4703. Hours: Mon-Fri 9-6 | Sat 10-6 |Sun 11-5. For more information, please visit Cal Student Store.

Campus WIFI

Wi-Fi is available throughout campus. Eduroam is the primary Wi-Fi option and is a secure, authenticated service which provides network access on campus. Information on how to connect to eduroam when on campus can be found here.

Cal1Card Distribution

Your Cal1Card Berkeley student ID will be provided on your first day of the summer visit if you do not already have one. Please bring a valid (i.e non-expired)  government issued ID (e.g. driver license, State ID, passport, military ID). Follow the instructions on the Cal1Card site on how to upload your photo to your Cal1Card account. Please upload your photo no later than May 2, 2022. Ignore the option to set up an appointment directly with the Cal1Card Office as we will pick up your cards from the office for you and distribute them at the summer visit.

To upload a photo, proceed as follows:

  • Log into your Cal1Card account
  • Select the “Upload Photo” link from the menu options on the left
  • Review the compliance requirements
  • Select “Upload Photo” at the bottom of the page
    • If you have a saved photo that is compliant, upload that file
    • If you do not have such a photo, find a solid white backdrop and take a selfie to upload

Lactation Rooms

Berkeley Way West:  A private and secure lactation room on the 5th floor is reserved for Public Health. Please email oomph_prog_mgr@berkeley.edu if you would like to use this room so we can help facilitate access.

Library Access

You will have full access to all UC Berkeley libraries during your visit. The Berkeley Public Health librarians are available to help you locate and access library resources. 

Most campus libraries are open Monday-Friday, 9-5, during the summer. All the libraries’ hours can be found here.

Recreational Sports Facility (RSF)

You can use campus recreational facilities while you are on campus because you pay the “Wellness Fee” each semester as part of your campus fee during the academic year and during summer sessions. 

You are eligible to use the RSF during your summer visit as long as you:

  1. Were registered in the minimum required amount of units in Spring 2022
  2. Currently have no active holds on your account
  3. Have paid all outstanding fees
Resources & Services for Graduate Students

Summary of important resources & services graduate students should know as well as many resources available to you during your stay at UC Berkeley.

Links to Free or Low-Cost Events & Attractions

Many attractions have discounted rates for students. Use your UC Berkeley student ID to take advantage of reduced cost of admission!

Berkeley:
Oakland:
San Francisco:
Restaurants near Berkeley Way 
  • The Noodle Thai Restaurant $1936 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
    Thai eatery with lots of noodle options as well as other items (curry, appetizers, etc).
  • Sweet Greens $$1890 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709
    Specializing in Organic salads, soup & bowls
  • Tender Greens $$ – 2071 University Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704
    Chef-led kitchen serving seasonal and responsibly-sourced food
  • Gather $$ – 2200 Oxford St Between Allston/Kittredge Berkeley, CA 94704
    Top 15 World’s Best to Farm Table Restaurants 
  • Jupiter $$- 2181 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley CA 94704
    Wood-fired Pizza & Handcrafted Beer
  • Berkeley Social Club $$- 2050 University Ave. Berkeley CA 94704
    Contemporary Korean American cuisine 
  • Toss Noodle Bar $ – 2272 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley CA 94704
    Asian Fusion Restaurant 
  • Great China $$ – 2190 Bancroft Ave.
    Chinese restaurant with a chic, modern atmosphere
  • Sliver  $ – 2174 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley CA 94704
    Healthier alternative to mainstream pizzeria. 
  • Saigon Express $ 2045 Kala Bagai Wy, Berkeley, CA 94704
    Vietnamese restaurant
What to Bring

We recommend that you bring the following items to the visit. Please note that Berkeley Way West (BWW) is open and unlocked 8am – 6pm, so plan to keep your belongings with you at all times.

  • Laptop or tablet and power cord, 110V outlets are provided in the classrooms and conference rooms
  • Notebook, pens/pencils
  • Water bottle – BWW has water bottle filling stations on all floors
  • CalNet ID and password to access the WiFi and course material
  • Cal1Card if you already have one
  • High quality masks/face coverings (e.g. N95, KN95) – see Covid Update below.
Whova App

We will use Whova during your campus visit as a guide to help you navigate with finding your classes, food, and potential notification updates that may arise. Be sure to download it before you get to campus!

How Do I Access Whova?

  1. Download the Whova app. The invitation code is coming soon. You can also access Whova directly on your desktop. Update your profile to connect with others. Categories include biography, affiliation, education, social account links, and more! Visit the Whova Attendee User Guide for step-by-step instructions. 
  2. Community. Navigate to the Community tab on the bottom right of the mobile app or the left hand sidebar on desktop.
Dress Code

There is no dress code for the campus visit. Please come in what makes you feel most comfortable for attending class sessions and moving about campus (and comfortable walking shoes are recommended).

During your visit, we want to make sure that you are aware of campus safety protocols and programs:

UCPD would like to remind the campus community about the following safety tips:
  • Use and encourage others to have a safe means of conveyance at all times (e.g. travelling with a trusted friend or in a group, taking a taxi, or utilizing the free night safety services available to every member of the campus community such as BearWalk or the night safety shuttle: nightsafety.berkeley.edu).
  • If you need help, dial 911 or use a blue light emergency phone (located throughout the campus and identified by a blue light on top of the phone box or column).
  • Please do not delay in calling 911. UCPD strongly encourages the reporting of criminal or suspicious activity in a timely manner.

More resources can be found on the UCB Health & Safety site.

Current requirements for students, staff, and faculty to participate in on-campus activities and in-person classes, including the OOMPH On-Campus Summer Visit, can be found here.  These requirements are likely to change between now and the Summer Visit, so please continue to check the campus Coronavirus website for updates.  We will also stay in touch with students about the requirements as the Summer Visits approach.

Below are useful links to UC Berkeley COVID information and compliance protocols.