Where will I be staying during Block?
Your entire cohort will be staying at the Graduate Berkeley hotel, which is steps away from UC Berkeley and many city attractions.
When do I check-in to the hotel during block?
Hotel rooms will be available for check-in as early as 3:00pm the Wednesday night before block. Checking in on Wednesdays for classes on Thursdays ensures that you will be able to participate in any optional Wednesday night events and meet with your study group.
How do I pay for my hotel room?
During Blocks, the Program Office arranges your hotel accommodations. You will be required to submit a credit card for incidentals, for which you would be responsible.
How do I know if I am considered a commuter student?
A commuter student, also known as Out of Bay Area (OOBA) student, is someone who lives outside the nine (9) bay area counties. The Bay Area's nine counties are Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.
I am a commuter student and cannot fly home on Saturday, given the class schedule. What do I do?
If you are a commuter student and are not able to fly home after your last class of a block, the Program Office will pay for 50% of your hotel room costs for additional night only. If you need to alter your reservation, please email the hotel at EMBA@graduateberkeley.com and copy Andrew (firstname.lastname@example.org). Throughout the program, all requests to either extend or otherwise alter your hotel reservations should be made by the Friday before block.
What is the hotel policy if I have an elective on Sunday?
The EMBA program reserves rooms for up to three (3) nights, Wednesday - Friday for blocks in Berkeley. If you are a local student enrolled in a class on a Sunday, you are expected to go either go home Saturday night and return to Berkeley on Sunday, or contact the hotel directly and extend your reservation at your own expense. If you are a commuter student (OOBA), your Saturday night hotel room will be booked and paid for by the Program Office.
How can I upgrade my room?
Please contact the hotel directly for an upgrade, subject to availability.
Can my partner stay with me while I am in Block?
Yes. The Berkeley MBA for Executives Program is very spouse/partner friendly. Please be sure to set expectations regarding how busy you will be as a student!
Where do I park during Blocks?
We encourage you all to carpool and, where possible, take other forms of public transportation including BART. For those who drive to campus, we have arranged for 45 parking passes to be made available for the Underhill Lot on a first-come, first-served basis. The parking passes are only valid from 5pm on the Wednesday before block through 9pm on the last day. The Program Office is not responsible for any parking violations.
If you drive to campus, pull up to the loading zone in front of the hotel, check into the hotel and ask for a parking pass to the Underhill Lot. The hotel can direct you to the parking lot. You must display the pass on your dashboard. You may park in the Underhill Lot overnight, but be sure to lock your vehicle and remove any valuables from sight.
If you cannot find parking in Underhill, or your vehicle does not fit inside the garage, your Underhill parking pass is also valid at the Foothills Lot and Witter Field Lot. Click here to view the campus map.
As a part-time student, am I eligible to participate in student-led clubs and groups on campus?
Yes! At Berkeley Haas, learning doesn't stop at the classroom door. Participating in clubs, conferences, and case competitions adds to your leadership development, creates lasting relationships, and helps you network with professionals and alumni in your field of interest. Feel free to research student groups on campus and sign up where interested via Campus Groups (CalNet ID required).
How do I find out about campus-wide events?
Stay up-to-date on campus events by referring to the UC Berkeley Master Calendar.
How do I find out about city-wide events?
Stay up-to-date on city-wide events by referring to the Berkeleyside Calendar. The Berkeleyside, an independent local newspaper, maintains a master calendar with comprehensive information about local events.
How can my spouse/partner get involved with campus?
Many social events at Haas are not just for students. Spouses and partners are welcome to participate in a number of social events on campus. The Program Office organizes events throughout the year for EMBA; in the meantime, please visit Haas Partners Club for more information.
What wellness resources are available to me as a UC Berkeley student?
A number of resources are available to you as a UC Berkeley student to ensure mind-body wellness while in the program:
What perks are available through my Cal1Card?
After you receive and have activated your Cal1Card (at Orientation), you may use it for various discounts for sporting events, food vendors, and much more. The link above provides detailed information about using your Cal1Card. Below is a list of some of the benefits/discounts you receive as a UC Berkeley student:
Go directly to: http://campuslifeservices.ucsf.edu/ucprint/default.php
The Program Office works hard to facilitate networking between and across programs during your 19 months as a student. Some traditions to look forward to are:
If you need to replace a broken name tag or name plate, please contact the Program Office at email@example.com.
You can change your addresses and phone numbers via Cal Central.
The EMBA Google calendar shows class dates and times, social and networking events, and optional events outside of class. Links to the calendars are located on the Home page.