UC Berkeley / Southside

Berkeley’s UC Berkeley / Southside Neighborhood

UC Berkeley Southside

Situated just south of the UC Berkeley Campus, Berkeley’s UC Berkeley Southside neighborhood (aka South Campus) is most notably associated with the college campus.  That being said, this neighborhood enjoys a vibrant youthful atmosphere and a bustling cultural district centered on Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft Way.  Students aren’t all you’ll find here, homeowners and tourists are drawn to the areas unique shops and eateries and the hustle and bustle of the younger demographic.


The architecture of South Campus is as diverse as its population.  Many stunning homes are found here that were designed by some of the area’s first and most notable architects, including Julia Morgan and Frederick Law Olmsted. Shingled cottages, beautifully restored historical Victorians and Craftsman bungalows offset a few more modern designs. Tree-lined streets and beautiful landscaping complete the laid back but diverse setting.

Restaurants and Shopping

Telegraph Avenue is home to numerous cafés and ethnic eateries, while the intersecting Bancroft Way offers stores, boutiques, and coffee houses where students and residents can browse and dine. The infamous “People’s Park” is also found here.  Some local favorites are Café Durant, Berkeley Thai House and the sandwiches at Sam’s Market.

Nearby Schools

Emerson Elementary K-5th

Le Conte Elementary K-5th

Washington Elementary K-5th

King Child Development Center Pre K

Berkeley Technology Academy

Berkeley Arts Magnet at Whittier Elementary K-5th

John Muir Elementary K-5th

Willard Middle Shcool 6th-8th

Berkeley High 9th-12th


UC Berkeley Southside

Crisscrossed by the Channing Way and Hillegass / Bowditch Bicycle Boulevards the flat terrain here is easily navigable by bicycle.  The Downtown Berkeley BART features a convenient bike valet, and AC Transit also services the area making commuting to nearby cities a breeze.