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Living in Berkeley, California:
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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Berkeley, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked six people living in Berkeley what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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The cost of living in Berkeley is quite high; however, it’s a wonderfully interesting and well-located city. You can easily access San Francisco by taking a train or bus. To the north, there are beautiful parks with miles of hiking trails. If you enjoy both urban living and nature, Berkeley is a great place.

You’ll love the gorgeous weather! It has beaches and neighborhoods that create a lush community, and a wonderful restaurant scene! Telegraph Ave. is a long line of culinary excellence. Go for a bike ride sometime soon!

Latisha, says: 2020

Berkeley is predominantly a college town, although its reputation far exceeds the college. At the same time, its reputation finds its roots in the college: the student protests that occurred in the 1960s defined Berkeley’s culture and set the town on a course toward progressivism, activism, and idealism. The city is ripe with injustice, however in nearly all cases someone will stand to challenge it. On a completely different note, the cost of living is exorbitantly high.

I enjoy living in Berkeley a lot, mainly because of residents and atmosphere. Berkeley is a very liberal city, full of open-minded people. An all-ages punk rock club called 924 Gilman is one of my favorite places to go at night. During the day, one might enjoy walking around the UC Berkeley campus, eating food on Shattuck, or shopping on Solano. Indian Rock is a popular attraction due to the view one sees once reaching the top.

Vincent, says: 2020

Someone moving to Berkeley, California should know that they’ll be moving to a university city and one conveniently near San Francisco, a international city. Berkeley is a diverse, progressive city with a known history for being at the forefront of social movements, such as women’s rights and the push for organic, local foods. Beauty abounds as views of the bay and the surrounding hills will render every vantage point interesting and varied. Lastly, it’s important to know Berkeley can be an expensive city, but markedly less expensive than San Francisco and with a high quality of life, given its extensive access to renowned national parks and natural spaces, very kind climate, diversity and variety of local restaurants and businesses, and advantageous location.

Gayatri, says: 2020

The essence of Berkeley is inextricably intertwined with the university culture. Progress, advocacy, knowledge and scholarship underlie the heartbeat of this liberal Northern California city. Affectionately named “Bezerkeley”, this community represents a melting pot of diversity. Prospective residents should anticipate an intellectual subculture, founded upon the 1970s social justice movement.

Ashley, says: 2020

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