The Bagel Bar
The Berkeley Bagel Bar is the late night snack bar of Berkeley College. It is managed by student college aides and staffed by students in the college. Normal fare includes baked goods, chicken nuggets, mozzarella sticks, grilled cheese sandwiches, smoothies, milk shakes, and other delicious study aids.
The Bagel Bar is located in the Berkeley South Court basement. It is open Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights from 9:00-midnight. Students are welcome to come eat food, hang out, and play all the available games in South Court such as ping-pong, pool, wii, foosball, and NBA jam.
If you would like a certain baked good or snack made in the bagel bar, please fill out this request form. It can be returned in person to the Bagel Bar during operational hours or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll alert you (and your BK student) when the snack will be served.
The Multi-Purpose Room
The Multi-Purpose Room offers Berkeley students the chance to escape from the rigors of academic life and relieve stress through physical activity (whether it is a game of basketball or a session of yoga).
The space may be used by Berkeley students (but not by outside groups) if not otherwise reserved. The court is always reserved for spontaneous Berkeley basketball eruptions after 9:00pm. Use of this space is scheduled through the Head of College’s Office and may only be arranged for Berkeley events by Berkeley students or Berkeley student groups. Please contact Sue Matteo (email@example.com) if you would like to reserve the Multi-Purpose Room.
The Dining Hall
The Joseph G. Fogg III Dining Hall is perhaps the most envied on campus. Berkeley College is proud of its role in founding and developing the Yale Sustainable Food Project, which revolutionized food service at Yale with national acclaim. Following the philosophy of Chez Panisse founder Alice Waters, the dining hall offered a menu composed enitrely of sustainable and, when possible, organic ingredients. The Sustainable Food Project under former Master John Roger’s leadership has been so successful that the university has extended it to the other residential college dining halls. To learn more about the Yale Sustainable Food Project, visit their website at www.yale.edu/sustainablefood.
The dining hall is the social center of Berkeley. Throughout the year, Berkeleyites celebrate their college pride through various events organized jointly by the Berkeley’s Office and the dining hall staff. From the Freshman Dinner and the Holiday Banquet to the Berkeley Bishop Bash Banquet and Senior Dinner, members of the College relish the many opportunities for exquisite food and engaging company in the dining hall.
One of the most handsome at Yale, in the Tudor style of hammerbeams, with leaded panes between the Hall and the Common Room. Portraits of former Heads of Berkeley College line the walls, while a copy of the famed Smibert Bermuda Group (which included Bishop Berkeley) hangs above the Great Fireplace.
(Photo by Volkan Doda ‘12)
The Music Room
Located in the basement of North Court (directly below entryway H), the Samuel Hemingway Music Room - named after the second Head of College of Berkeley - is equipped with a Steinway grand piano, a music stand, and chairs. All Berkeley students are welcome and encouraged to use this beautiful space, and keys can be obtained in the Head of College’s Office. Students who wish to reserve the room for personal rehearsals should email the Berkeley Head of College’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each student is limited to three hours/day of rehearsal time, and there are no sign-ups after 11:00 p.m.
The following rules apply to all musical (singing, orchestral) and theatrical groups:
1) All groups must have at least two Berkeleyites who are active members before they can use the room.
2) Groups with two or more Berkeleyites (who are active members) must receive the permission of the Head of College to use the space.
3) Groups with two or more Berkeleyites (who are active members) and which receive the permission of the Head of College may only use the space twice a month, or once every other week.
The Student Kitchen
Want to stretch your culinary muscles? Eager to impress your friends with a home-cooked meal? Want to bake your roommate a birthday cake? Then check out the Berkeley Student Kitchen (located in the basement, below entryway C). The kitchen is available to all students in Berkeley who want to do a bit of their own cooking and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Kitchen is generally locked and can be accessed with a key from the Head of College’s Office. Please don’t wait to the last minute to organize a key.
Keep it clean!
In order to keep the kitchen usable for all, we ask that you please clean up and wash all your dishes after you’ve used it. If we find that you consistently leave the room messy, your kitchen privileges will be suspended.
If you plan on leaving food in the fridge or freezer, please label it with your name and the date it went in. Perishable food that is left unattended for over 3 weeks will be thrown away.
If there is an item you believe the kitchen desperately needs (utensils, small appliances, etc.), please contact Susan Matteo to make a request. We will do our best to acquire these items quickly.
Any other questions?
Contact Susan Matteo (email@example.com) if you have any further questions about the kitchen.
The Computer Cluster is located in the basement of entry D and is accessible with the use of any Berkeley student’s ID.
Within the cluster, students can use any of the 2 Macs or 5 PCs to work or research. Complete access to the University mainframe is possible using a Yale NetID. Also available for student use is a copier/printer, typewriter, and fax machine.
Use of these machines requires a TAN number, which is assigned to every student when she or he enters as a freshman. To inquire about your TAN number, please contact ITS Student Support Services, 203.432.9644.
Contact the BK student techs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Berkeley Gym
The Berkeley Gym (basement, B and C) is one of Yale’s finest residential college weight rooms. Keys are available in the M.O. and may be kept for the duration of the year. Questions and requests regarding the weight room should be addressed to the Head of College’s Office.
The Berkeley Library
The George and Shelly Lazarus Library, located in South Court, comprises the intellectual heart of Berkeley College and whether students are looking for a place to read, sit quietly, or not eat, the Berkeley Library delivers where it counts. In addition to an unmatched collection of expertly organized novels and reference volumes, students may browse the collection of current periodicals, from the New Yorker to People .
The Berkeley Reading Room, located directly beneath the Berkeley Library, houses the remainder of Berkeley’s vast literary collections and is the most popular site for those seeking to learn by osmosis. A quieter space for study and reflection is not to be found.
Both are available for use 24 hours a day and may be accessed with your ID. Books may be used without restriction, but they may not be removed without permission from the Head of College’s Office.
The Swiss Room
The Swiss Room is a sixteenth century transplant from Switzerland located right above the balcony in the Dining Hall. Warm and intimate, this beautiful all-wood room is full of history and ambience. The room is priceless and for preservation purposes, it is reserved for Berkeley Fellows and special college events approved by the Head of College.
The Charles A. Walker Seminar Room
The Charles A. Walker Seminar Room is next to the Reading Room and is a gorgeous room where many of our Fellows hold classes. The room has been refurbished in honor of former Master, Charles A. Walker.
The North Court Seminar Room is next to the Woodshop and is available for meetings through the Master’s Office.
The Game Room
The Game Room is in the basement of South Court next to the multipurpose room . Enjoy watching videos, playing pool, ping-pong, foosball, and games, chatting with friends, while enjoying a late night snack from the adjacent Bagel Bar.
Berkeley College has two common rooms that may be used for meetings, studying, or group events. Reserved use of the rooms for social gatherings must be registered with the Head of College’s Office.
The Charles Seymour Common Room looks out on south Courtyard and is adjacent to the Dining Hall.
The Thomas Mendenhall Common Room in North Court faces William L. Harkness Hall, and it is conveniently located next to the Bass Library entrance.
The Tunnel connects North Court and South Court, linking the two grand courts of Berkeley. The Berkeley tunnel’s murals continue to amaze and delight Berkeleyites and non-Berkeleyites alike. What may not be well-known is the story behind the initials “RLC ‘91.” The refer to Rebecca Louise Crane ‘91, who was the artist of the entire procession of knights, ladies, and horses on the northwest side of the tunnel. Her classmates enthusiastically collaborated with her, resulting in a variety of whimsical paintings, including a portrait of Master Robin Winks with the Pink Panther, a life-size painting of a Berkeley student (dressed in jeans) leaning by a painted partially open door at the corner of the wall from South to North (down the corridor from Master Winks’ portrait), and a cartoon of Bart Simpson. As astounding as the murals are, equally astounding is the fact that the constructions crews took great care to preserve them in their entirety during the renovation of the College in 1998.