Berkeley & the Bay Area for Simons Institute Visitors
Welcome to Berkeley! On this page, you will find a variety of resources to help you to settle in and enjoy your time in the Bay Area. Please also check our calendar regularly for social events and outings organized by the Simons Institute. Contact our Events Team, simonsevents [at] berkeley.edu, with any questions.
Simons Institute Bicycle Loan Program
Long-term visitors are eligible to borrow a bicycle for the duration of their stay, through the Simons Institute's bicycle loan program.
Car Rental and Sharing
Zipcar has numerous locations around the UC Berkeley campus and the Bay Area. Cars are rented hourly and the fee include gas, tolls and insurance. Rates start at $5.50/hr and $55/day. UC Berkeley affiliates receive a special discount of $15/year for the first year of membership. Information on signing up for a discounted membership can be found here.
Gig Car Share is a one-way car share service that gives UC Berkeley students and staff the flexibility to pick up and drop off in different locations in Berkeley and Oakland. Information on signing up for Gig can be found on the CarShare page of the UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation department website.
If you are planning to claim a reimbursement for a rental car expense, please contact one of our staff members before making your reservation. The University of California has special agreements with Enterprise, Hertz, and National.
We recommend taking a look at the UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation website for a thorough list of transportation options. The following links may also be useful:
Airport Transportation from San Francisco International Airport
Airport Transportation from Oakland International Airport
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)
Local bus lines (AC Transit)
Bay Area public transit information
Rechargeable Bay Area public transit card (Clipper Card)
Ford Bicycle Rentals (GoBike)
City of San Francisco Resources
City of San Francisco Visitor Guide
Dining, Nightlife, Events
Berkeleyside – Berkeley and Oakland events and restaurant recommendations
SF Fun Cheap – Events website for the Bay Area
East Bay Express – local events and restaurant recommendations
SFGate – Bay Area events, news, and restaurant recommendations
SFist.com – Weekly Bay Area events
The Lawrence Hall of Science – Public science museum and research center for K-12 education at Berkeley
The Exploratorium – A hands-on museum of science, art, and human perception in San Francisco
California Academy of Sciences – Natural history museum
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