Basic House Info + Answers to Your Questions
Please read this entire page. Most questions are answered here.
WE'RE A 6 MINUTE WALK FROM UC BERKELEY CAMPUS AND A 12 MINUTE WALK TO DOWNTOWN BERKELEY
Literally, it's a 6 minute walk! :) Check out our Walking and Biking Distance Page for More Details.
HOW MANY ROOMS & BEDS DOES THE HOUSE HAVE?
Casa Cedar has 20 beds in 7 bedrooms: 1 Single Room, 1 Double (2 beds), 3 Triples (3 beds per room), and 2 Quads (4 beds per room).
Thus, the entire house can accommodate as many as 20 residents.
We can also re-configure the rooms for a lower number of residents. For example, the Quads could be converted to Triples, the Triples to Doubles, the Double to a Single. Ask us!
Please see the ROOMS page for photos of the current room configuration.
WHAT KIND OF FURNITURE IS PROVIDED?
All bedrooms have a bed, desk, dresser and closet/wardrobe space for all residents. Some rooms have private closets and some have shared closets/wardrobes. We also provide every resident with both a desk lamp and a clip-on night reading lamp for their bed, all with energy-efficent LED light bulbs! The Triple and Quad Rooms all have twin sized beds. The Double Room has one full and one twin, and the Single has a full size bed. All common spaces are fully furnished as well, including the living/dining room and back deck.
CAN THE HOUSE BE CUSTOM CONFIGURED?
YES! We can change any or all furniture or room layouts as needed, just ask us.
MEAL PLANNING & OUR GOURMET KITCHEN
Casa Cedar has a fully equipped kitchen with everything you need to cook, featuring: three refrigerators, dishwasher, all appliances, tea kettle, coffee maker, reverse osmosis filtered water, pots, pans, glasses, bowls, plates, and utensils.
Residents prepare their own food and often collaborate to cook together and share meals. Amazing grocery stores in the Gourmet Ghetto are literally 1 block from the house, and there are also many affordable restaurants a short walk from the house!
Optionally, residents may purchase a meal plan from Cal's Dining Halls and eat on campus. (Casa Cedar does not provide meals.)
LINENS AND BEDDING
We provide sheets, blankets, pillows, and bath towels if you need them at no additional charge.
WE'RE A GREAT PLACE FOR STUDYING AND WORKING AT HOME!
Casa Cedar is the ideal house if you need to get studying and work done. The house has a living room that's the perfect study lounge, and we're located in a fairly quiet, low-key Northside neighborhood.
IS YOUR HOUSE A GOOD PLACE FOR PEOPLE WHO GO TO SAN FRANCISCO OR OAKLAND, ETC.?
Yes! Given how close we are to BART and AC Transit, we're a perfect place to live if you are commuting to or visiting San Francisco, downtown Oakland, Richmond, Emeryville, El Cerrito, Fremont, etc.
LIVING TOGETHER AS A RESPECTFUL HOUSEHOLD
Everyone lives together as a single, respectful Household. You will ensure that the house is respectful of our neighbors (no disturbances or loud noises at night), and you will generally be good citizens in our beloved Northside neighborhood.
PROMPT & PROFESSIONAL REPAIRS
Casa Cedar Management conducts any needed on-site repairs in a prompt, professional manner.
IS THERE A DEADLINE TO ACCEPT A HOUSING OFFER?
Once we send you a Residency Agreement, we suggest you sign and return the agreement right away, because demand is currently very high. We may indicate a deadline in your housing offer. You must both sign the agreement and make your prepayment to secure your space.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I BRING?
Just your personal basic stuff. ;) The members of your group do not need to bring any furniture, kitchen appliances, bedding, sheets, or bath towels, as we provide it all!
Casa Cedar is located in super safe North Berkeley. If you're looking for the safest possible neighborhood that's a short walk to campus, our location is ideal! Read our Resident Testimonials, people who live at Casa Cedar feel safe even walking home at night! "I appreciate the safety of the neighborhood, I walk home at midnight or 1 a.m. quite often and always feel safe," said Spring K., a previous female resident.
PROFESSIONAL HOUSE CLEANING
Casa Cedar provides a professional housekeeper who will clean the house common areas two to three days per week, and/or on a schedule as requested by your group. Our housecleaner is awesome and when she's done a day of cleaning, Casa Cedar is the cleanest student house you've ever seen!
LAUNDRY MACHINES ON SITE - NO COINS!
We provide a FREE washer and dryer. No coins needed!
ABUNDANT HOT WATER
We have fantastic always-on hot water 24/7!
SHARED KITCHEN CHORES
All household members contribute one hour per person per week to help keep the kitchen clean. This is a fairly low level of cleaning commitment and helps keep the kitchen clean at times when our professional housecleaner isn't here (she comes 2 to 3 days per week). If you prefer not to do a kitchen chore you can pay extra and we will do it for you. If you are part of a group renting the entire house you can of course choose for yourself how to structure chores.
We have a bike shed available as well as a fence where you can safely lock your bike. Yay cycling!
Street parking: You can purchase an annual parking permit from the City of Berkeley for around $50 per year -- amazingly cheap! Street parking is abundant and easy to find in our neighborhood, unlike other areas of Berkeley where parking is a nightmare. Also, our street has no street sweeping which means you don't have to worry about getting ticketed ever. Street parking is free on Saturdays & Sundays which means you'll only need the permit if you are parking weekdays for more than 2 hours at a time.
Driveway: We also have a driveway available which you could rent for your exclusive use for $250 per month (no other residents would use it, but our staff members may occasionally park there while working at the house). If you're willing to share the driveway with other residents, you can park in the driveway for $75 per month.
NO INTOXICATION, NO UNDERAGE DRINKING, NO SUBSTANCE USE
We don't permit intoxication, underage drinking, or substance use.
No smoking anywhere on the property. No smokers allowed to live at the house, not even occasional smokers. Thank you!
No pets or animals are allowed at Casa Cedar. Thank you!
WHO HAS LIVED AT CASA CEDAR IN THE PAST?
We have previously hosted a wide range of undergrads and grads, Internationals & Americans, females and males, visiting scholars, interns, and young professionals.
We can accommodate essentially any group, and we can custom-configure the house to your group's needs. Just ask.