Amenities and Services

Residents at the fountain

Prayer and Meditation Room Opening October 2023!

More details to follow!



8:00 a.m. - 10:00 P.m.

Saturday - Sunday

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

At I-House, we aim to create the most enriching resident life experience possible. We provide numerous amenities and services to promote intercultural communication and understanding. Please see our New Resident FAQs for specific details.


Included in the Room and Board rates is a resident meal plan to eat at the I-House Dining Commons. Residents can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, and brunch and dinner on Saturdays and Sundays. Learn more about the Dining Commons.

Front Desk

The Front Desk staff provides assistance, responds to inquiries, takes messages, loans sports equipment, games, newspapers, and magazines and offers support after office hours. The Front Desk is open Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sat-Sun 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. The Front Desk may be closed or have limited hours on holidays.

Gamble Lounge and Sproul Kitchen

Our newly renovated kitchen and lounge area is available for residents' use seven days a week from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. The space offers a full kitchen and lounge area with seating and a large flat-screen TV, a large dining table, and more! 

Gamble Lounge and Sproul Kitchen Policy:

Individuals use: 

No reservation required. You can access the room with your I-House card anytime from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. everyday if there aren’t any group bookings 

*Maximum capacity of 10 individuals using the kitchen at a time


All I-House residents can now reserve the Gamble Lounge and Sproul Kitchen here(link is external) for group bookings. Reservations must be made at least 2 weeks prior and can be made up to 2 months in advance.

1. The group must be greater than 10 people to make a group reservationYou can reserve the room for 4-hr blocks. 

2. Get a metal key from the front desk at the time of your reservation to access the space. Your I-House card won't be able to get you in. 

3. Any non-resident guests must be authorized by Resident Life. 

**The person reserving the space will be liable for any damage that occurs during the time of the reservation.

If you fail to adhere to Gamble Lounge and Sproul Kitchen procedures, you will not be able to book the lounge. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, feel free to reach out to

International House Food Safety Gamble Lounge Food Safety Tips

Game Room

The I-House Game Room is an entertainment space designed for leisure and recreation, offering a diverse range of games and activities to enjoy. It is a haven for fun and relaxation, equipped with various forms of entertainment such as board games, a pool table, foosball table, and other interactive gaming options. The game room provides a social atmosphere where I-House residents can come together to engage in friendly competition, build community, and simply unwind and have a good time. 


The laundry room has washers and dryers for resident use which accept debit and credit cards. In addition, you will find other resources in the laundry room such as vending machines (with snacks, drinks and some laundry supplies), an ice machine, and a microwave for resident use. You can download the mobile app here.


This facility is open exclusively to I-House residents 24 hours a day and features international newspapers and a variety of periodicals. It offers a congenial, yet quiet, study atmosphere.

Lost and Found

Located at the Front Desk, the I-House lost and found is a designated area where lost items are collected and stored in order to facilitate their return to their rightful owners. This space serves as a central repository for items that have been misplaced, forgotten, or left behind in public places or facilities. The lost and found space aims to provide a reliable and efficient system for individuals to reclaim their lost belongings, promoting a sense of security and ensuring that lost items have the best chance of being reunited with their owners.


Personal mailboxes are assigned by room and are located to the right of the Accounting window. Your mailbox combination and instructions on how to open your mailbox can be found by logging into your resident portal and clicking the "IHouseID and Mailbox" link. 


The Mailroom is located on the ground floor of I-House adjacent to the Laundry Room. Mail is sorted and placed in the recipient’s mailbox. You can pick up all mail packages at the Mailroom. For urgent deliveries, we highly recommend utilizing the Amazon lockers conveniently located at Telegraph Ave, Berkeley. The mailroom is open:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 

  • 7:15-9:30 a.m.

  • 5:00-8:30 p.m.

(Closed Tuesday and Thursday)


  • 9:30 AM- 2:00 p.m.


  • 9:30 AM-2:00 p.m.

You can find all the shared community resources like vacuums, irons and ironing boards, and laundry drying racks in the front of the mailroom. Please make sure to return them after use. 

If you would like to rent lockers, please contact us at

Music Practice Room

The I-House Music Practice Room is a dedicated space designed for I-House residents to hone their craft, explore their creativity, and refine their musical skills. The room is equipped with musical instruments like guitars, piano, drum set, bass, violin, amplifiers, and other necessary tools to facilitate practice and experimentation. It offers a private and secluded space for musicians to rehearse, compose, and perfect their performances, allowing them to immerse themselves in their music and develop their technique, expression, and musicality to their fullest potential. 

There are two music practice rooms.  You can collect the key during Front Desk hours (Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat-Sun 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.) from the front desk. If you fail to adhere to the Music Practice Room rules and policies, you willnot be able to use the space. 

Click here to see the current status and availability of Music Room Keys

Music Practice Room Policy:

  • The music practice room is designated only for Music Practice Room.
  • No food or drink allowed.
  • Do not take out any supplies (i.e., Guitar capos) from the music room. You can bring your own instruments, but make sure to take them back with you. I-House won’t be responsible for any loss or damage to your instruments.
  • Residents checking out the key are responsible for returning the key at the front desk and will be responsible for any damage or loss while the key is checked out.
  • Make sure all the instruments are in their designated place before leaving the music room. Leave the piano key cover closed when you are done.
  • Turn off the lights when you leave and drop off the keys at the Front Desk.

If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, feel free to reach out to

Prayer and Meditation Room

The I-House Prayer and Meditation Room is a space designed to accommodate people of diverse religious and spiritual backgrounds, fostering inclusivity, respect, and understanding. It is a welcoming space for silent prayer, meditation, reflection, and worship to support individual religious and spiritual practices. Launching soon!

Resident Computing Room and Printing

The Resident Computing Center (RCC) is available exclusively to current I-House residents 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The RCC is located just outside of the elevators on the third floor and offers access to computers and printers. Visit the Residential Computing page for more information.

Re-use Room

The I-House Reuse Room serves as a central collection point for items that would otherwise be left behind or discarded when residents move back to their home countries. Residents can contribute a wide range of reusable items such as appliances, clothing, books, and electronics. We ask that items be properly sorted to make them available to others who may benefit from them. By providing a platform for residents to donate their belongings, the reuse room fosters a sense of environmental responsibility, community engagement, and resource conservation, allowing items to find new homes instead of ending up in landfills.

Wireless Access

All resident rooms and most public spaces are equipped with wireless connections that allow you to connect directly to our high-speed network. If you encounter difficulties in setting up your WiFi connection, please contact the Resident Computing Center at or (510) 643-1724.

Just living here gives you a much more balanced view of other countries. Everything from lunch to laundry, is a cultural event.
A former I-House resident