Student Housing

Need housing? If you are applying from overseas or transferring from another school, the Office of International Education can assist you in finding suitable housing in the Bay Area. Many students choose to live in Oakland,  Berkeley, Alameda and other surrounding cities such as Albany, Emeryville, and even San Francisco.

Below are a few options for you to choose from as well as information about how to find housing near and around our colleges. If you have any questions, feel free to send an email to, visit our international office and speak with a Peer Adviser. However, we DO NOT guarantee rental or home stay.

The following information is offered solely as a resource, it is your responsibility to contact these businesses and arrange your own accommodations in the Bay Area. The Peralta Colleges; however, assumes no legal responsibility for providing or supervising off-campus housing facilities for students:


Peralta Residence Center

3266 Logan Street, Oakland, CA 94601

Contact: Paul Cheng

PH: (707) 514-6707 Email:

Contact: Sandy at (510) 812-4768

Home Stay Providers

Many international students choose to live with host families. This living options provides the student with a family environment, meal plan options, and the safety and stability of living with an American family. Students desiring to live with a host family should select one of the resources below.


american homestay network


_USH Homestay

Looking for roommates? 

The resources below offer students the option to select their own roommate and residence through housing/roommate search engines.

Want to screen the criminal history a potential LandLord? Check out the available services through third party provider TransUnion SmartMove:

TransUnion Smartmove

CAUTION! Be careful with who you contact from craigslist.


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Housing resources by college campus:

Berkeley Housing Resources:


  College of Alameda Housing Resources: 

Laney College Housing Resources: 

   Merritt College Housing Resources: 

-For residents looking to house an international student: Landlord or Sublet form

List of available Landlords in the Bay Area

Rental Insurance Information for International Students

Special Alert:

Please be careful when using online classified ads. Never give anyone money without first meeting them or viewing their home in person.When viewing someone’s home for the first time bring a friend or family member as a safety precaution.

To avoid scams, click here s:

Housing search engines:




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