New Grads: Before You Arrive

Calnet ID

You should have created your CalNet ID and received a Student Identification Number (SID) when you accepted your admissions offer. If you do not remember your CalNet ID or passphrase, or need assistance with your CalNet ID, please contact the Cal 1 Card Office at (510) 642-4126 or


Take the time to explore your CalCentral page. You will need your CalNet ID and passphrase to log in. Through CalCentral you will sign up for your berkeley email (bMail), find financial and academic information, receive important notifications, and more

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

All students should sign up for Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) in order to be paid electronically. The sign-up feature usually becomes available through CalCentral in July.


The search for housing should begin before you arrive. Securing housing can take a couple of months, so we suggest you start your search early! One of the most common ways for new students to find housing is through the Cal EECS Grads 2018  Slack group. Invites to the Slack group are emailed to all new students. This group is for new students to connect with one another and find potential roommates. You can also sign up for the EECS-Grads-Housing listserv by sending a request to the

Other housing possibilities, which you can also find on the University Housing Homepage are: 

International House: I-House is a dorm and cultural center for international and American students. It is a few minutes walk from the EECS buildings. This is a good choice if you want to meet people outside EECS and if you need to look for housing remotely. Graduate students are given single rooms. 

Manville Apartments: Manville houses studio apartments for graduate students only. The building is operated by the University and is within a 15-minute walk of EECS. There is also free campus shuttle nearby that stops in front of Cory Hall. 

Ida L. Jackson Graduate House Apartments: Ida L. Jackson Graduate House offers space for grad students in two-, three-, four-, five-, and six-bedroom shared apartments. It is also operated by the University and is one block from campus. A free campus shuttle is nearby that makes a stop in front of Cory Hall. 

University Village: University Village in Albany offers apartments primarily for married, single-parent, and domestic partner student families. University Village is about 3 miles from the EECS buildings. There is a shuttle from the village that stops in front of Cory Hall. This is also a good choice if you need to look for housing remotely. 

Cal Rentals: This is one of the best sources to find off-campus apartments and houses for rent. As a Berkeley student, you have free access to this service. You will need your CalNet ID and passphrase to log in. 

Berkeley Student Cooperative: The Berkeley Student Cooperative is a 501c3 nonprofit housing cooperative. Its mission is to provide a quality, low-cost cooperative housing community to Berkeley students. Each house is democratically run and residents contribute their labor to help keep housing costs affordable. Founded in 1933, Berkeley Student Cooperative the is the largest student housing cooperative in the United States. Most of their houses and apartment buildings are a short walk from EECS.

Sexual Violence/Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

All graduate students are required to complete both the online and in-person Sexual Violence/Sexual Harassment Prevention Trainings. You must complete the online training prior to enrollment (failure to do so will result in a registration and enrollment block). The online training titled Think About It: Graduate Students will become available in the summer, and an invite to the training will be sent to your campus email.  In August, the EECS department will offer the in-person training during the afternoon of the EECS Graduate Student Orientation, which you must complete in order to enroll in future semesters. An in-person training will also be held during the Graduate Division New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO) in Dwinelle Hall for anyone that missed the EECS department specific training. Students only need to attend one in-person training.