Tour the Berkeley campus

Tour the Berkeley Campus


Walking Tours for Individuals and Families

UC Berkeley Visitor & Parent Services offers several types of 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.  The online calendar includes several types of tours.  Please read the descriptions below before making your reservation to ensure you are reserving the correct tour.  If the name of your tour does not appear on the date of your choice, it means the tour is not being offered that day or time or that it is full. 


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.

To reserve a tour, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the button *Make a Reservation*.


Weekend Tours (Cal Tour Weekend) and Tours on University Holidays

Weekend and weekday tours on holidays (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 (2013-2014 academic year):

Labor Day, September 2, 2013
Veterans Day, November 11, 2013
Day after Thanksgiving, November 29, 2013
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 20, 2014
Presidents' Day, February 17, 2014
Cesar Chavez Day, March 28, 2014
Memorial Day, May 26, 2014

To reserve a tour, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the button *Make a Reservation*.


California Memorial Stadium Tours

In partnership with Cal Athletics, Visitor & Parent Services offers tours of California Memorial Stadium and the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance.  Spring 2014 tours will be given on Sundays at 3:00 pm, from February 9-May 4. Tours are open to the general public, and fans from visiting institutions are encouraged to participate.

The tours are one hour long, and cover a variety of points of interest, including the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Plaza, the new Haas School of Business Innovation Lab (iLab), and the Simpson Center.

The tour fee is $3 for adults 18 and over, and $2 for youth (17 and under). Space is limited.

To reserve a tour, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on the button *Make a Reservation*.




Newly-Admitted Student Tours

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 2014-2015 academic year will be available via the myBerkeley app after admission decisions are sent out.


Undergraduate Engineering Tours

Visitor & Parent Services offers a limited number of special engineering tours during the fall and spring semesters for prospective and newly-admitted undergraduate students and their families.


Engineering tours are led by campus student ambassadors who are engineering majors.  The tour will visit several of the buildings that comprise the College of Engineering, and will include information on teaching; research; and student projects, services, and groups.  The engineering tour provides some general campus information, but does not replace the general campus walking tour, for which separate reservations are required.


To reserve a tour, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on the button *Make a Reservation*.




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.  Visit the Class Pass page of our website.
  • Tour the residence halls.  Information and online reservations are available on the Cal Housing website.


Reserving a Tour


Clicking on the button below will take you to the tour calendar, where you may reserve your tour.  Several types of tours are listed on the calendar.  Please be sure you are reserving the right tour. If you do not see your tour listed on the date you wish to take a tour, it means that the tours on that date are full or are not being offered. 


Click here to make a reservation