Room and Board Rates

These rates for the 2020–2021 Academic Year include room, meal plan, and your I-House program membership. Upon acceptance of the housing offer, applicants will be asked to pay a $1,500 prepayment/deposit, which will be applied to the final payment for the period of occupancy.  Please note that all Double Room rates listed below are per resident.

2020-2021 Room and Board Rates


Fall Rate (123 nights)

Spring Rate (126 nights)

Regular Double $8,610             $8,820 $17,430
Large Double $9,471             $9,702 $19,173
Premium Double $10,209  $10,458 $20,667
Low-Price Single $9,471 $9,702 $19,173
Regular Single $10,209    $10,458 $20,667
Premium Single $11,193       $11,466 $22,659

Residency and Academic Calendar

Academic Year 2020-21
Fall Semester Housing Begins  August 20, 2020
(Standard Move-in at 3:00 p.m.)

Key Dates for Academic Year 2019–2020

August  17, 2020 – Early Arrival for Golden Bear Orientation participants only at 6:00 p.m.
August 20, 2020  – Fall Semester housing begins (Standard Move-in at 3:00 p.m.)
December 21, 2020 – Fall Semester ends (Move-out by 10:00 a.m.)*
January 12, 2021 – Spring Semester (Move-in at 10:00 a.m.)
May 18, 2021 – Housing contract ends (Move-out by 10:00 a.m.)

Golden Bear Orientation (GBO) will take place August 19-25 (

No early move-in dates will be 8/15/20 - 8/20/20, with the exception of GBO participants only.

*Please note that residents with a full Academic Year contract are not required to move out at the end of the Fall Semester.   

If you need to arrive at I-House prior to the dates published above, please contact the Admissions Office for rates and availability.

I-House is open 365 days a year. We offer a contract for the entire academic year (mid-August to late May). Future residents interested in semester-only housing should apply and contact the Admissions Office at

Resident Meal Plans

Included in the Room and Board rates above is a resident meal plan. International House serves 19 meals per week that residents can choose from: breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday and brunch and dinner on Saturdays and Sundays. On holidays, only one meal is served. The resident meal plan includes a specific number of meals per semester. The meal plan does not cover every meal that is served in our Dining Commons. These meals must be used prior to the end of the term and do not carry over from semester to semester. Should you use all your meals before the end of the semester, you have the option of purchasing extra meals through Dining Services at a discounted resident rate.

Please note that the I-House meal plan can only be used at the International House Dining Commons and is not valid at on-campus dining halls and food services operated by Campus Housing. 

For greater flexibility in using the meals provided, residents may use their meal plan to bring in up to two guests at any given meal. The meal for each guest will be deducted from your meal balance. You can also pack out a lunch during the breakfast meal to take with you on days when your schedule does not allow you to return to I-House during the lunch meal service. 

No meals are served on Thanksgiving Day nor during the Winter vacation period (four weeks).  While cooking in rooms is not permitted, there is a resident kitchen available for individual or small group use.

The I-House Dining Commons on the 2nd floor provides a variety of meal options, including vegetarian selections at every meal. Although not guaranteed, special diets can usually be accommodated within our facility.

Residents can arrange a meeting with our dining staff to discuss any special dietary concerns or food allergies by emailing

I have always been fascinated in making acquaintances with people from different parts of the world. I-House offers plenty of opportunities in this respect. In particular, the Dining Commons offers a unique social environment where I can just sit and chat with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Having been an overseas student myself from a young age, I can confidently say that I have a very good understanding of the difficulties facing Berkeley international students, who may well be studying abroad for the first time in their lives.
Hoduk Cho, Chemistry Ph.D. student, South Korea