A welcome to the neighborhood

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Welcome, UC Berkeley students!

For those who are new to campus, we are delighted that you have chosen to come to UC Berkeley and join the exceptional scholars, world-class researchers and uniquely talented individuals who make up our campus community.

Beyond the UC Berkeley campus, you are now also part of another diverse and renowned community — the city of Berkeley. We would also like to welcome you to that community and give you resources to make your introduction to that community a positive experience. We encourage you to get to know the city of Berkeley and take advantage of the cultural, social and recreational opportunities in the local East Bay area.

Information about the city of Berkeley can be found here: http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/Home.aspx

Surrounding the campus are neighborhoods of renters, homeowners, families, single professionals, students and seniors — many of whom are alumni of UC Berkeley. They are proud of the campus, just as they are proud and protective of their streets, gardens and homes.

The campus, the city of Berkeley and local neighborhood organizations work together to promote safe, sustainable and livable neighborhoods. Whether you live in campus housing, a co-op, a fraternity or sorority house or a private house or apartment, please remember the following whenever you are out in the community:

  • Be a good neighbor.
  • Don’t be shy. Take a moment to say hello and chat.
  • Respect your neighbors’ needs and schedules, and make smart choices — especially concerning noise and parties. Violations can result in stiff penalties, including campus sanctions and steep fines, which can reach $2,500. Discuss potential conflicts with your neighbors, and keep channels of communication open.
  • Keep your neighborhood clean.
  • If you are moving, take advantage of Cal Move-In and Move-Out tips — both the city of Berkeley and UC Berkeley have a goal of zero waste by 2020. Your role in diverting, recycling, reusing and reducing is critical to a sustainable community.
  • Avoid citations for illegal dumping, overflowing refuse or recycling bins or blocking the right away — fines can reach $1,000 a day.
  • Get involved.
  • Attend neighborhood meetings and events, participate in local clean-up activities and support community safety efforts.
  • Keep your neighborhood safe.
  • If you see something suspicious or unlawful, call the nonemergency numbers for UC police: (510) 642‑6760 or Berkeley Police Department (510) 981-5900. Be prepared to provide a good description of the problem and people involved. In cases of an emergency, always call 911, or from a cellphone, call (510) 981-5911.

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Once again, welcome to Berkeley. This is a wonderful place to live and learn. We wish you all the best for a great year at UC Berkeley!

Tom Bates is the mayor of the city of Berkeley, and Nicholas Dirks is the Chancellor of UC Berkeley.

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