Student Housing

The Overture Apartments

The Overture Apartments

PLTS of Cal Lutheran provides state-of-the art student housing for PLTS students at heavily subsidized rates.  This phenomenal discount from local housing market rates makes residential seminary preparation financially accessible in the Bay Area.

The Overture Apartments are unfurnished apartments.  The apartments are 4 blocks from PLTS, the Downtown Berkeley BART station, and the thriving civic and social life of Berkeley. 

Single and Family options are available.  Rent includes water, sewer, trash, and recycling.  Student residents are responsible for electricity and gas.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Onsite card and app operated laundry 
  • Bike storage
  • Rooftop garden with gas grill
  • Workout room
  • Community spaces
FAQ

This quick guide answers frequently asked questions.  For complete information about processes, policies, and procedures related to student housing, please consult the Student Housing webpages.

Do rates, deposits, and fees stay the same throughout my program?
Rates, deposits, and fees are subject to annual increases.  New fees may be added to address changed and new situations and needs.

Can I select my apartment?
Due to limited student housing availability and the goal of Residence Life to house all students who apply, requests for a specific apartment or specific apartment features cannot be accepted.

What if I live with a disability?
Residence Life will work to reasonably accommodate requests for apartment features specified in a letter of accommodations from Disability Support Services (DSS).  Please begin DSS registration as soon as possible to expedite the accommodations process. 

Do I need a car?
Students have many options for getting around Berkeley and the Bay Area.  PLTS is centrally located in vibrant metropolitan Downtown Berkeley, a thirteen minute BART ride to Downtown Oakland and thirty minute BART ride to downtown San Francisco.  Most, if not all, daily errands can be accomplished without a car.  Ride share and car share options can be utilized for travel to Ministry in Context sites in the wider Bay Area. 

Most students will need a car while on internship.  Internship sites provide housing for interns.  Students on internship are not eligible to live in student housing.

Is there parking?
The Overture Apartments have limited parking for a monthly fee.  A student interested in being assigned onsite parking should apply for parking as part of their student housing application. Assignment to onsite parking is not guaranteed due to the limited number of spaces.

Are pets allowed?
Student residents may have a maximum of one pet.  Only common household pets are permitted.  A common household pet is defined as a domesticated dog, cat, fish or bird that is traditionally kept in the home for pleasure rather than commercial or other purposes.  Fish aquariums of 25 gallons or less are exempt from the pet policy.

Can I stay in the same apartment throughout my program?
Residence Life attempts to assign students to the same apartment each year.  This attempt is dependent on availability.  Being housed in the same apartment each year cannot be guaranteed. 

Can I store my furniture and belongings in my apartment while away over summer for CPE?
Storing furniture and belongings in apartment units over summer is not available.  A number of nearby storage options are available. See Move Out pulldown for more information.

Can I extend into summer if I will be going out on internship the next academic year?
Extension into summer may be available depending on student housing availability.

Can I stay over summer if I am in CPE or otherwise in program and in Berkeley?
Staying over summer may be available depending on student housing availability.   

Apply

Incoming students are encouraged to apply for student housing as part of their admission process.  Continuing students must apply for student housing each year.  Consult deadlines for more details.  If you have specific questions about student housing please contact Residence Life.

Rates
Apartment Rates, Deposits, and Fees for 2019-2020 
Options, Deposits, Fees Cost Duration
Single (1 student, studio and 1BR) $8,640 9 months
Family (1 student and family members, 2BR) $12,240 9 months
Housing Deposit (payable as part of application) $500  
Pet Deposit (payable as part of application) $500  

All options, rates, deposits, and fees are subject to change without notice. The University reserves the right to change, delete or add to this option and pricing schedule as deemed appropriate. Transcripts and diploma will not be released for any student who has an outstanding balance owed to Cal Lutheran.

This schedule does not reflect the options, rates, deposits, and fees for 2020-2021.  Rates, deposits, and fees are subject to annual increases.  

Go Carless

No Car.  No Problem.
Students have many options for getting around Berkeley and the Bay Area.  PLTS is centrally located in vibrant metropolitan Downtown Berkeley, a thirteen minute BART ride to Downtown Oakland and thirty minute BART ride to downtown San Francisco.

The Overture Apartments location is labeled a Walker’s and Biker’s Paradise by WalkScore.com.  Most, if not all, daily errands can be accomplished without a car.  

As a member of the Green Seminary Initiative, PLTS encourages everyone to utilize varieties of personal, public, and shared transportation options as a way to honor God’s creation.

Active Transportation

Public Transportation

Shared Transportation

Disabilities Transportation Services 

Parking

Parking at The Overture Apartments
The Overture Apartments have limited parking for a monthly fee. A student interested in being assigned onsite parking should apply for parking as part of their student housing application. Assignment to onsite parking is not guaranteed due to the limited number of spaces.

If a student needs parking and parking is not available at The Overture Apartments, parking permits are available at the Allston Way Garage next to the PLTS campus for a monthly fee.

Berkeley City Parking
A variety of Berkeley street and garage parking rules and options exist.  

Limited free all-day street parking beginning 7 blocks (.7 miles)  from The Overture Apartments is available past Allston Way and California Streets. Students who chose to park on the street are encouraged to move their car every three days (72 hours) and to pay attention to monthly sweeping schedules to avoid tickets. Due to zoning restrictions, The Overture Apartments are not eligible for Zone C Berkeley City parking permits.

Limited 2 hour street parking due to high volume of use is available near PLTS and the GTU. Persons with a disability are eligible to park free in downtown parking and parking garages.   

A variety of pay for parking garages can be found downtown near PLTS and a pay for parking UC Berkeley garage is located near the GTU.

BART Parking
Parking at BART stations is available. EZ Rider Parking makes this easier. You can access EZ Rider Parking when you have a Clipper Card. To set up this parking option, register for EZ Rider Parking. You will receive an EZ Rider Parking pass and be able to pay for parking via your Clipper Card.

Floor Plans

The apartments come in a variety of studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom floor plans.  The layout of each unit is unique.

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