As you settle into your academic program, take some time to acquaint yourself with the many free or discounted activities, cultural events, and places of quiet repose on campus and close by. This list is just the beginning. Find all of this and much more on the Campus Calendar!

Rec Sports
Rec Sports

Cal Performances
Cal Performances presents artists from the Bay Area, the United States, and around the world in performances and community programs. Tickets for students are 50% off. Special student packages are available.

Rec Sports
Need a convenient place to work out? Rec Sports members enjoy access to two recreation centers and four pools, as well as free drop-in group exercise classes, discounts on personal training, massage services, outdoor programs, and much more. Student membership is included in your registration fees.


Morrison Reading Room
Morrison Reading Room

Hertz Hall noon concerts, is a series of free weekly concerts presented each semester by the Department of Music in Hertz Hall. Traditionally on Wednesdays, now expanding into Fridays, the concerts begin at 12:15 and end by 1 pm.

Lunch poems is a monthly noontime poetry reading series under the direction of Professor Robert Hass. First Thursday of the month, 12:01-12:50 pm, in the beautiful Morrison Room of the Doe Library.

The Morrison Library opened in 1928 as a traditional library reading room providing an ambient atmosphere for students to take a break from the rigors of academic life. The library offers comfortable seating for leisurely reading, naps, and maintains a circulating collection of newly published popular fiction and non-fiction. It has a limited collection of circulating audiobooks, travel books, and newly published poetry books, as well as subscriptions to several popular magazines, a few daily newspapers, and a graphic arts loan program. This treasure is not to be missed!



BAMPFA is the visual arts center of the University of California, Berkeley, featuring art, cinema, workshops, and activities for children. Check out its vibrant new location in downtown Berkeley.

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life was established in 2010 after the transfer of the Judah L. Magnes Museum to UC Berkeley. Its remarkably diverse archive, library, and museum holdings include art, objects, texts, music, and historical documents about Jews in the Global Diaspora and the American West. The museum is located at 2121 Allston Way, in downtown Berkeley.

Lawrence Hall of Science
Visit Lawrence Hall of Science for awe-inspiring views of the San Francisco Bay and hands-on indoor and outdoor science exhibits. Great for kids and families.


Tilden Park

Botanical Garden is UC Berkeley’s non-profit research garden and museum, with a notably diverse plant collection that includes many rare and endangered plants. Established in 1890, the Garden boasts more than 13,000 different kinds of plants from around the world, cultivated by region in naturalistic landscapes throughout its 34 acres. Free to UC students.

Strawberry Creek is a major landscape feature of the Berkeley campus, and was one of the primary reasons the site was chosen in 1860 as the location for the campus. It is home to a growing number of native animals and plants due to a restoration project started in 1987.

Tilden Park is one of the jewels of the East Bay Regional Parks, offering great hikes and beautiful vistas. Ride the carousel or steam trains, have a picnic, visit the little farm, swim at Lake Anza, or stroll through the Botanic Garden. The park is reached via Canon Drive, Shasta Road, or South Park Drive, all off Grizzly Peak Boulevard in Berkeley.

There was an interesting article called Berkeley on a Budget in the New York Times in July 2018 worth reading.

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