The UC Berkeley campus's rolling green hills, park-like feel, and architecturally diverse setting offers countless places to study, snooze, and even sunbathe. Here are five favorites of the Visitor Center's tour guides.
The Campanile EsplanadeElina Sheykh-Zade likes to curl up and study on the benches in the esplanade below the Campanile, the third tallest bell and clock-tower in the world.
Doe Library and its reading roomsLeighna Baxter loves the quiet, sun-flooded North Reading Room in the Doe Library, with its high windows and ornate, barrel-vaulted ceiling.
Sproul PlazaSarah Gold loves the excitement of Sproul Plaza, a venue where the passions of today's students take Berkeley's history of student activism in new directions.
Memorial GladeJoshua Cella visits Memorial Glade, aka the "Berkeley beach," where students nap, lollygag in the sun, and play ultimate football. The Glade honors students, staff, and faculty who served during World War II.
The Free Speech Movement CaféJace Hadfield likes to hang at the Free Speech Movement Café, where the activism of the past joins up with the local, sustainable food movement of today.
Each of these informal videos is hosted by a Cal Ambassador, a student tour guide who knows the school or major firsthand. (The videos were also produced by a Berkeley tour guide majoring in film studies.)