University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley
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California's most prestigious public university is the home of liberalism and revolution.
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Traveller_123
San Francisco, CA918 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
The campus premises are perfect for hiking and enjoying a walk up on the Berkeley hills. There is a lot of nice hikes once you go up the hills. Some hikes are harder but the campus and the bell tower is wonderful place to stroll and enjoy the day. Rest rooms are hard to find since all buildings are can be opened through badges only. The bio science building has a huge skeleton for a Dinosor and it’s worth seeing once.
Written 23 February 2020
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mini
Fremont, CA211,198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We returned for a walk around UC Berkeley Campus. Lots of construction is going oni on campus as well as in Berkeley. We noted the many changes. We love the campus with all its buildings - both historic and new. We go to the Cal Football Games. There is nice views from the campus. Sather Tower is a good place to go to get a view.
Written 28 July 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA17,035 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Well I got a graduate degree here many years ago. In this era of confinement, it's a great place to stroll around and enjoy the architecture and gardens. The campus has great landscaping, but it's become a bit more crowded with buildings.
Written 23 September 2020
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Tom
Maple Grove, MN2,033 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Had some time before dinner on a sunny day, so walked up the hill through campus amount the trees and students. Enjoyed the tall, fragrant eucalyptus trees and the historic buildings. Sat in the sun at the base of the tower - nice view down the street and actually the bay to the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge in the far distance.
Written 4 February 2020
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Traveller_123
San Francisco, CA918 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Family
Easy option to park car and then hike in the campus up to the hills. We prefer to go when university is closed. It’s less crowded and easy to find a parking spots. Lots of eating options around the campus.
Written 10 September 2021
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Sachin K
New York City, NY6,507 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
UC Berkeley as it is popularly called is worth visiting to view it’s campus. Amongst all the impressive buildings is the third largest clock-and-bell tower in the world. Would certainly very highly recommend visiting the campus.
Written 5 December 2019
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Annawaltzerpose
Manchester60 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
We signed up for the free 90 minute campus tour (daily).

The guide (a current student) was extremely friendly and enthusiastic, and walked us around the entire Berkley campus, including a sneaky peek in the science building.

Billed as suitable for tourists, it was actually aimed directly at prospective students. There was plenty of info about the facilities and college process, but relatively little about the history of the college or it's buildings.

Easy to get to, the BART from San Francisco is a 10 minute walk from the centre of campus. Although the tour starts in the reception hall at Sproul Hall, remember to collect your ticket from visitor services in the basement.
Written 19 June 2015
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Chele32789
Winter Park, FL238 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Family
This was, by far, the most unappealing high-status college campus I have ever visited. Yes, it is historic and, yes, they have lots of important researchers there but . . . the homeless population runs rampant over the campus and town, I smelled pot on campus multiple times a day, and the overall mood was somewhat aggressive and unhappy. I pray neither of my children require academic programs offered only here!
Written 1 March 2015
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Hank S
San Francisco, CA3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012
Although one of the top research universities in the world, Cal is filled with dirty smelly hippies, condescending "know-it-alls" and jerks from the East Coast who live off their rich parents trust funds and complain about the rich.

One of the worst parking situations on the planet as well as some of the smelliest bums, unattractive armpit haired women and louse ridden population.
Written 31 August 2012
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Mel C
Lafayette, CA91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Friends
It's a great campus. It starts in downtown Berkeley, but sprawls right up the hills. And there are old, traditional buildings and new hyper-modern ones. There's tons of landscaping and lots of pathways to walk. It's surrounded by classic streets and neighborhoods that folks come from all over the world to see. They have not just an eye clinic, but something akin to an eye hospital, in terms of the scope and scale of the work there. And though I'm not a sports fan, it goes without saying the Cal Bears are famous the world over. UCB created a little thing called Free BSD, (Berkley Software Operating System), an offshoot of Unix similar to Linux, which, incidentally, is the real system underneath the one you see on your Mac. This really is the UC that people mean when they even say UC. This is the home turf of the Regents of the University of California, a government within our government that is larger than some countries, a whole world and power structure that forms a kind of fifth branch of government that no one hardly thinks about, in terms of its implications. It's a place that contributes to the both the peace movement and nuclear weapons, (yes, Livermore-Berkeley Laboratories), to hippies and ultra-geeks, to racial equality and oligarchy. It's a crazy quilt mix of interests, funding, politics and culture. There is no equal to it, for better and for worse. There is no provincial college system on earth that can match UC for sheer power, influence, money, and futuristic work. If the UC system were a country, I'd call UC Berkeley it's Capital. And, if taken as a country by itself, I fell confident it would be one of the world players.
Written 3 March 2015
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