CDSP is part of multiple neighborhoods, whose members and institutions enrich the experience of living, studying and worshiping.

  • The "Holy Hill" neighborhood, consisting of partner schools and centers of the Graduate Theological Union, sharing faculty, meals, events, a library and open spaces.
  • The Euclid Avenue neighborhood, providing a commercial block with places to gather, shop, eat and linger.
  • The North Berkeley neighborhood, with its own unique shops and restaurants along Shattuck Avenue, the meandering streets of the Berkeley Hills and the Berkeley Rose Garden.
  • The University of California/Berkeley neighborhood, one block south, with entertainment, recreation, libraries and parks within the sprawling campus.
  • Downtown Berkeley, also within walking distance, offering the amenities, shops, services and government offices of a city of more than 100,000 people, flavored by unique and eclectic traditions.
  • Berkeley is part of the East Bay, whose population center is nearby Oakland, but whose communities stretch from the Sacramento Delta to San Jose.
  • Across the bay, the Golden Gate and the city of San Francisco are always in view – fogbank permitting – beckoning East Bay residents to travel across the Bay Bridge or take public transportation (bus, BART, or ferry) to the renowned international city and all of its treasures.

CDSP students, as part of the GTU, have some privileges at the University of California, Berkeley:

  • Membership in the Cal Rec Club is available to CDSP students. Please contact Ann Hallisey if you have questions about signing up.
  • Students may apply to use the Library. You must show your CDSP ID card with a current GTU library sticker; contact Elly Rhee if you need a sticker.
  • Students may cross-register for courses at UCB. After receiving your advisor’s approval, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., GTU Dean of Students.

Learn more about living in Berkeley.

Learn more about local schools and parenting in Berkeley through the Berkeley Parents Network.