Life in Berkeley Survey

Note: Survey Questions related to neighborhoods correspond to the two maps below.

1. Where were you living immediately before you came to Haas?
San Francisco Bay Area 18%
Other California 6%
Northeast 13%
Other East Coast 11%
Midwest 5%
Other United States 9%
International 38%


2. Where do you live in the Bay Area?
1 - Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito 85%
1 - Oakland 6%
2 - San Francisco 7%
3 - Peninsula 1%
4 - Other East Bay Cities 1%
5 - South Bay & Silicon Valley 0%
6 - North Bay 0%
7 - Other 0%


3. Where do you live in Berkeley (and surrounding areas)?
1 - Berkeley Hills 4%
2 - Northside Berkeley 8%
3 - North Berkeley 35%
4 - Downtown Berkeley 7%
5 - Southside Berkeley 6%
6 - Elmwood 14%
2 - Claremont 2%
8 - Rockridge 5%
9 - South Berkeley 6%
10 - Central Berkeley 1%
11 - West Berkeley 1%
12 - Southwest Berkeley 0%
13 - Marina 9%
14 - 4th Avenue 1%
15 - Northwest Berkeley 1%
16 - Westbrae 0%
17 - Northbrae 0%
18 - Thousand Oaks 0%
19 - Albany: University Village 9%
20 - Albany/El Cerrito Other 2%


4. If you live in San Francisco, which neighborhood?
1 - South of Market/Mission/Potrero Hill 20%
2 - Haight Ashbury/Castro/Noe Valley 40%
3 - Richmond/Sunset 7%
4 - Marina/Cow Hollow 7%
5 - Pacific Heights 20%
6 - Russian Hill/Nob Hill 7%
7 - North Beach 0%
7 - Union Square/Financial District/Civic Center 0%


5. When did you start looking for housing?
1 - May (or earlier) 79%
2 - June 27%
3 - July 20%
4 - August 9%


6. How long did it take you to find housing?
1 - 3 Days 10%
4 - 7 Days 11%
1 - 2 Weeks 32%
>2 Weeks 44%
Didn't Move! 3%


7. How many people live with you?
Alone 15%
1 Roommate 40%
2 Roommate 9%
3 Roommate 16%
4 Roommate 12%
Other 7%


8. How much do you PERSONALLY pay for rent?
<$600 2%
$600 - $800 9%
$801 - $1000 22%
$1001 - $1200 25%
$1201-$1400 19%
$1401-$1600 11%
$1601-$1800 5%
$1801-$2000 3%
>$2000 5%


9. How did you find your place?
Walk/Drive by 4%
Cal Rentals 4%
Craigslist 57%
Real Estate Agent 2%
Haas Referral 18%
Personal Referral 7%
Other 8%


Where do you do your laundry?
In Home Laundry 60%
Communal Laundry 31%
Self Service Laundromat 8%
Drop Off Laundry Service 2%
Other 0%


11. How do you get to school?
Walk 37%
Bike 21%
Bus 26%
Bart 4%
Other Public Transport 0%
Drive own vehicle, park with campus parking pass 10%
Drive own vehicle, park off campus 2%
Other 1%


12. Do you have your own vehicle?
Had one prior to coming to Haas 43%
Bought one upon arrival at Haas 24%
Don't have a vehicle 33%


13. If you own a vehicle, what type do you own?
Car 94%
Motorcycle/Scooter 6%


14. If you came here from outside the Bay Area, how did you move your stuff?
Moving Company 28%
FedEx/UPS/USPS 10%
Drove cross-country 17%
Sold Everything 17%
Other 28%


15. Are there any stores for furniture or household items that you would recommend? 16. Please name a few of your favorite restaurants. 17. Please list salons/barbers that you use in your area. 18. Please list grocery stores that you use in your area.
19. Which cell phone provider do you have?
AT&T 42%
Sprint 5%
Verizon 39%
Metro PCS 0%
T-Mobile 8%
Other 6%


20. Do you have a home phone?
AT&T 3%
Vonage 0%
Comcast 3%
No Home Phone 92%
Other 2%


21. How do you make long distance calls?
AT&T home phone 2%
Vonage home phone 1%
Comcast home phone 2%
Calling Cards 4%
Skype 59%
Other VOIP 8%
Other 25%


22. Do you have cable television service?
Comcast 51%
Astound 0%
Direct TV 5%
Dish Network 1%
AT&T Uverse 3%
Don't have cable 34%
Other 7%


23. What brand of laptop do you have?
IBM/Lenovo 21%
Dell 5%
Apple 51%
Gateway 0%
Acer 2%
Toshiba 6%
Compaq-HP 6%
Sony 3%
Other 6%


24. How do you connect to the internet at home?
AT&T 10%
Comcast 72%
Other 18%


25. Do you use a wireless network at home?
Yes 99%
No 1%


26. Did you have Cal Bears Football Season Tickets?
Yes 57%
No 43%


27. Are you part of a ski house?
Yes 18%
No 82%


28. If you ski, where do you go? 29. What academic or social advice would you offer to the incoming class?

Academic Advice

  • Grades DO matter.
  • If you really want a class, BID ON IT.
  • Try to test out of core classes if you have any previous experience. Don't stay in because you think it's an easy A and try to test out even if you are not sure that you will pass.
  • Talk to people about classes, and know why you are taking a class.
  • Think carefully about the balance between what sort of grades you want, along with campus group involvement, internships during the school year, social life & family. Don't worry about doing it all, because you can't.
  • Start strong at the beginning of each semester. Don't get behind.
  • Try to get as much out of your classes as possible by preparing for class and staying engaged in class.
  • Complete course work with your study team, even problem sets when allowed.
  • Consider taking a non-Haas course.
  • Attend the Required Skills Workshops in the summer - for both academic and social reasons.
  • Be balanced, aim for a good mix of academic and social pursuits. Allow yourself to be selfish once in a while.

Social Advice

  • Get to know people in small groups.
  • Be open to new experiences and step out of your comfort zone.
  • Define what you want out of business school and involve yourself with events that promote that end.
  • Enjoy as much as you can, but don't do it all.
  • Live in Berkeley for your first year.
  • Be in "yes" mode at the beginning and switch to "no" mode when you realize you're oversubscribed.
  • This is surely about having fun, but stay accountable and professional.
  • At Haas, coming together to get stuff done should be the foundation of your personal relationship building. 
  • Make time to build relationships with your classmates early on.
  • MBA is all about prioritizing. Everyone is different. Make goals and hold yourself to them to make sure you get the experience you want.
  • You will have FOMO (fear of missing out). Everyone does! Try to be social but you don't need to go to everything.
  • Be open to everything and only THEN, choose wisely what you want to dedicate yourself to in order to really make the most out of your experience and not spread yourself too thin.
  • Be true to yourself and what matters to you. Push yourself out of your comfort zone, but you don't have to change who you are.
  • Don't be afraid to march to the beat of your own drum.  Do what you want to do to make this a fulfilling experience for yourself. 
  • Enjoy every minute... two years goes by way too fast!
  • Go on international treks with classmates. Although expensive, they are an incredible way to experience the world and bond with classmates. 
  • Be sure to keep in touch with non-Haas people.
30. What is the one thing that a student must do in the Bay Area?
  • Swim in Hearst pool
  • Take advantage of living so close to SF
  • Eat at the Ferry Building in SF
  • Have a burrito in the Mission in SF
  • Explore wine country
  • Surf in the Pacific
  • Explore the East Bay parks
  • Bike the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Go up to the view point near the science building and watch the sun set over SF
  • Go to Yosemite
  • Spend a sunny afternoon at Dolores Park in SF
  • Attend Outside Lands
  • Take a road trip to Big Sur
  • Rent a house in Tahoe
  • Get a Cal Adventureship card learn how to sail and windsurf
  • Hike Mt. Tamalpais
  • Walk the Land's End Trail in SF
  • Walk along Crissy Field to the base of the Golden Gate Bridge on a sunny day
  • Have an Oyster picnic in Tomales Bay
  • Drive highway 1 and go to Monterey & Carmel
  • Participate in Bay to Breakers
  • Go to a Cal football game.  Go Bears!
Bay Area Map

Berkeley Map

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