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WiFi on Campus

Eduroam (most recommended)

We recommend that students connect to the Eduroam(link is external) network: a secure network requiring authentication available throughout campus and in campus housing (except in University Village where Wi-Fi is only provided in common areas). Students must have a secure connection to the campus network to use campus resources (e.g. digital library resources). 

To use Eduroam(link is external):

In addition, Eduroam(link is external) provides network access at participating institutions world-wide. When visiting a participating institution, UC Berkeley students who have configured their device to use eduroam can automatically connect to that institution's network.

AirBears2

The campus will at some point be phasing out the AirBears2 network, so we recommend all students make the transition to the Eduroam(link is external) network, which provides a stronger, secure connection for the campus.

If you choose to continue to use AirBears2:

CalVisitor

CalVisitor provides basic network access for visitors to campus who do not have a CalNet ID. CalVisitor is less secure than Eduroam and does not encrypt wireless traffic. Some campus resources may not be accessible while connected with CalVisitor.

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Internet in Campus Housing

Residence Halls

Ethernet (wired) network ports are automatically disabled in the residence halls (except Clark Kerr Buildings 19 and 20).

If your device or location does not support Eduroam or AirBears2, you may submit a request here(link is external)(link is external). Requests take aproximately 5-10 business days, depending on request volume, if you live in any of the following areas:

  • Channing-Bowditch
  • Clark Kerr Campus
  • Foothill (Hillside, La Loma)
  • Jackson House
  • Manville Hall
  • Martinez Commons
  • Stern Hall
  • Unit 1 (Cheney, Christian, Deutsch, Freeborn, Putnam, Slottman)
  • Unit 2 (Cunningham, Davidson, Ehrman, Griffiths, Towle, Wada)
  • Unit 3 (Cleary, Ida Sproul, Norton, Priestley, Spens-Black)

If the residence you live in is not listed above, please check with your on-site staff for assistance.

Personal wireless routers are not permitted in the residence halls. Their signals can cause interference and degrade network connectivity.

University Village

Ethernet/Wired Connection

When students and their family move into University Village (UVA), there are two things that they should be assured of:

  • A working, wired, in-room Ethernet connection

  • WiFi access points in selected common areas (as public health guidelines permit)

UVA residents without an ethernet cable or ethernet adaptor may contact the UVA Administrative Office, who will provide these to you for free on a long-term loan basis.

WiFi/Wireless Connection

UVA residents are not guaranteed WiFi access in their individual apartments, since the Village is not networked for universal WiFi. As such, many students opt to purchase a wireless router or a WiFi hotspot, but both are subject to signal difficulties due to interference and placement issues. If you do so, be sure to purchase a stand-alone router with a WAN port, not a router-modem combo.

STS will provide as much troubleshooting as possible to help you make the best internet connection in your location via our Student Tech Helpdesk.

Here are some quick tips to stay safe while online:

  • Set a strong password
  • Install antivirus 
  • Activate your firewall
  • Enable automatic updates
  • Make sure your operating system is up-to-date
  • Enroll in CalNet 2-Step Verification for added security

Review our security page for even more tips on getting and staying secure.

University Village residents with personal routers: Because information sent over personal wireless networks is vulnerable to being compromised, we strongly recommend consulting with Student Technology Services about wireless security. We can answer your questions and help you set up your network in-person, over the phone, or by email.