The University of California, Berkeley (or simply Cal) is a 1,232-acre public university at the foot of the Berkeley Hills, established in 1868. The institution was rated as sixth in the world according to the 2014 Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings. “South Hall” is the oldest building on campus, and the only remaining structure from the original campus. The historic hall was built in 1873 and is located in the center of campus near the library and Sather Tower.
Because of the prestigious institution’s location next to the Berkeley campus, the surrounding businesses cater heavily to the student population, often flying blue and yellow colors in shop windows or offering promotional student prices. The South Campus, or Southside, is directly adjacent to the university and is the neighborhood most closely affiliated with the school. The area provides student housing, coffee shops for studying, and bookstores for classroom materials. The boundaries of the neighborhood extend approximately from Bancroft Way at the North, Dwight Way at the south, East of Fulton Street and West of Panoramic Hill.
Neighborhood landmarks and student staples include the Berkeley Student Food Collective, Joshu-ya Brasserie for seafood and tapas, Caffe Strada for great outdoor/indoor study space, amazing coffee and their famous apple tart. Also every Monday is Off the Grid–a special gathering of food trucks offering a fusion of creative and tasty cuisine while local musicians and artists provide entertainment. The event has sort of a casual street fair, or backyard BBQ sort of vibe, and is extremely popular with the local crowds who crave foodie cuisine on a budget.
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