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“UC Berkeley campus: beautiful and fascinating!”

University of California, Berkeley
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Owner description: California's most prestigious public university is the home of liberalism and revolution.
Reviewed November 25, 2013

OK, I'm prejudiced. I work here. But really, I still enjoy walking through campus every day. With creeks, eucalyptus and redwood groves, and beautiful landscaping, the natural setting is gorgeous, and the buildings have been placed in harmony with the contours of the landscape, rather than in the strict geometrical forms of some campuses (take that, Stanford!). Not only is it beautiful, with the views up to the hills, but there are lots of pockets of fun things to see and do. Kids will love the dinosaur skeletons in the Life Sciences building (T-rex!). The main library has the lovely Morrison Room, with its shelves of new books and journals, comfortable upholstered chairs and sofas, soft lighting, warm woodwork, and a music collection. Not to mention the humorous sculpture of Mark Twain, sitting on a park bench with his newspaper just outside the Morrison Room. You can sit next to him and have your photo taken. The Free Speech Movement Cafe in the Moffit Undergrad Library has great coffee and light meals, desserts, and snacks, and a wonderful outdoor terrace. Then there's the Art Museum on Bancroft and the Pacific Film Archive, with showings of rare and fascinating films. Those are just the places I know; others will have more suggestions. But do come over. It's worth the trip from San Francisco.

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Reviewed November 22, 2013

There are so many places to explore at Berkeley; outdoors and indoors. The coffee shop on campus is really great with many places to sit outdoors on a beautiful California day. The stores and sights adjacent to campus make it easy to spend a day here.

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Reviewed November 20, 2013

I just had to go to say I had been there and seen it. An impressive, friendly, and wide open campus. The clock tower is very cool. Just to stand there and think about it's history and all the things that transpired there makes it a worthwhile and not too time consuming side trip.

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Reviewed November 10, 2013

The life around the campus is buzzing. Especially on game day. There is such energy around the campus when a big football game is happening. There are a lot of great stores, bars, and restaurants to stop in as you walk along.

1  Thank Sheldon K
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

Established in 1868 Berkeley is the oldest institution of the University of California and the faculty, alumni and researchers have won 72 Nobel Prizes and more.

There is a very high research activity and to be so close to all this knowledge alone is exciting.

The campus is very leafy and especially in autumn this gives beautiful colours. It is very pleasant to walk around the campus.

When you are lucky you can enjoy a carillon recital from the Sather Tower (the Campanile).

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