You can research monthly rent costs in Berkeley before deciding in what part of Berkeley you would like to live.
The University’s Cal Rentals service offers counseling on all housing options, both on-campus as well as off-, and also provides a rental listing service for a small fee. Counseling sessions can help students weigh their housing options and customize an effective house-hunting plan if looking for off-campus rentals. Counselors can provide information on setting up utilities, commuting, school and childcare resources, rental safety issues, and more.
Graduate students are welcome to e-mail their housing questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, call 1 (510) 642-2456, or come by the Residential and Student Services Building (RSSB) at 2610 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94720-2272.