The UC Berkeley campus is situated in an urban environment, and though campus areas are relatively safe, the campus is not immune to crime. Your best defense is to adopt an attitude of awareness and to take precautions when you must walk alone.

First and foremost, we encourage you to utilize the Night Safety Shuttle and/or BearWALK Nighttime Escort Service, but we know there will be times when you cannot. In those cases, follow these guidelines

    • Utilize the free Night Safety Services. All info located at http://nightsafety.berkeley.edu 
    • Please view the Campus Night Map (pdf) or Google Map which includes the locations of Emergency Phones. 
    • Travel with a friend or in a group
    • Be alert and aware of your surroundings
    • Avoid dark, vacant or deserted areas
    • Use well-lit, well-traveled routes
    • Dress in clothes and shoes which will not hamper movement
    • Adopt an attitude of awareness and take precautions when you must walk alone
    • Dial (510) 642-3333 or use a Blue Light emergency phone if you need help.

If You Sense You Are In Trouble:

  • Move away from the potential threat if possible.
  • Join any group of people nearby; cross the street and increase your pace.
  • If a threatening situation is imminent, and people are close by to help, yell, scream or make a commotion in any way you can to get their attention.
  • Go to an open business.
  • Call 911 from a safe location

Night Walking Routes

Certain routes on the central campus have been identified as the most frequented and well-lit paths and are the best ones to use at night. Students and staff are strongly encouraged to use them.

If you are interested in working for UCPD as a student-employee that operates BearWALK, follow this link: http://ucpd.berkeley.edu/our-divisions/office-chief/jobs/community-service-officer-cso-student-job

Request a Safety Escort

To request a BearWALK escort at night, call (510) 642-9255 (2-WALK) from campus phones, or go to the BearWALK website (link is external) no earlier than fifteen minutes before you need the escort. Learn more at the NightSafety.berkeley.edu website.

If you are interested in working for UCPD as a student-employee that operates BearWALK, follow this link: http://ucpd.berkeley.edu/our-divisions/office-chief/jobs/community-service-officer-cso-student-job