Tour the Berkeley Campus
Walking Tours for Individuals and Families
UC Berkeley Visitor Services offers free walking tours of the campus almost every day of the year. Led by expert student guides who know the university and the nuances of student life, a campus tour is ideal for students interested in attending UC Berkeley, tourists, nostalgic alumni, and anyone wishing to learn more about the university. Tours are conducted rain or shine.
These walking tours are intended for individuals, families, and parties of up to nine people. If you are a school group or organization, a party of 10 people or more, or if you wish a private tour, please go to the Reserved Group Tour Page for more information.
All tours require an online reservation.
Weekday Tours (Cal Tour Weekday)
Non-holiday weekday tours begin at 10:00 am (and 1:00 pm in April) at the Visitor Center in 101 Sproul Hall.
Weekend and weekday holiday tours (see list below) begin at Sather Tower, also known as the Campanile, located in the heart of the UC Berkeley campus. Saturday and weekday holiday tours begin at 10:00 am (and 1:00 pm in April) and Sunday tours begin at 1:00 pm.
Tours are scheduled for the following holidays:
- Labor Day, September 3, 2012
Veterans Day, November 12, 2012
Day after Thanksgiving, November 23, 2012
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 21, 2013
Presidents' Day, February 18, 2013
Cesar Chavez Day, March 29, 2013
Memorial Day, May 27, 2013
Independence Day, July 4, 2013
Campus Holiday Closure
No tours will be offered between December 24, 2012-January 1, 2013 during the campus winter break.
Special tours for newly-admitted freshmen students are offered during the month on April. Newly-admitted transfer students are invited to join one of our daily public walking tours during the month of May. Information and reservation links for students admitted for the 2013-2014 academic year are available via the myBerkeley app.
Visitor and Parent Services offers a limited number of special engineering tours for prospective and newly-admitted undergraduate students and their families during the fall and spring semesters. Please check back in October 2013 for information about our Fall 2013 engineering tours.
Other Campus Opportunities on the Day of your Visit
- Attend the 9:00 am admissions information session for prospective students offered by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. No reservation is required, but space is limited. Please stop by the Visitor Center in 101 Sproul Hall, sign in for your tour, and staff will direct you to the presentation.
- Attend a UC Berkeley class. Available during the fall semester only. Ask staff at the Visitor Center about the Class Pass.
- Tour the residence halls. Information and details how to reserve a residence hall tour may be found on the Cal Housing website.
Reserving a Tour
Clicking on the button below will take you to the public walking tour calendar, where you may reserve your Cal Tour Weekday or Cal Tour Weekend. If you do not see any tour listed on the date you wish to take a tour, it means that the tours on that date are full.