Travel and Accommodation
The Molecular Foundry is located within the vibrant city of Berkeley, California. We welcome you to our community rich in diversity, culture, history, food, arts, and educational opportunities.
The Foundry does not arrange or financially support travel or accommodation for users, nor can we endorse any specific housing solutions. We are pleased to refer you to these helpful resources as you navigate this important aspect of your user experience:
Berkeley Lab Guest House for short-term accommodations on-site at Berkeley Lab.
Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association Resources
UC Berkeley Visiting Scholar Housing Resources
UC Berkeley International House
AirBnB (search for Berkeley or zip code 94720)
Transportation and Parking
Directions to the Foundry can be found here.
A free Berkeley Lab shuttle service provides transportation to and around Berkeley Lab.
Most users are eligible for a temporary Berkeley Lab parking permit, which will be provided during the badging appointment. Under Berkeley Lab policy, undergraduate and graduate students are not eligible for a general parking permit but may request an Off Hours permit (3pm to 8am). However, the User Office can make a special request for a parking permit for a student who meets the following criteria: is not a student at UC Berkeley, does not live in Berkeley, has a demonstrated need to drive to Berkeley Lab site, and has the approval of their Assigned Scientist. Contact the User Office for assistance.
Where to Eat
The Berkeley Lab cafeteria is located half a mile from the Foundry and can be reached by foot or using the free Berkeley Lab shuttle. Many more options are available around the University of California, Berkeley, campus, which can also be reached on the Berkeley Lab shuttle. For quick snacks, there is a vending machine on the first floor of the main Foundry building (B67), near the loading dock. See the Berkeley lab site map and interactive site map for directions.
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