Casa Joaquin Murrieta is a multi-ethnic residential community that supports leadership development and academic success while providing a nurturing living environment for UC Berkeley students. It was founded in 1970 by Chicano/Latino students at a time when there were only 150 Chicano students on campus. Over the years, Casa made history through its involvement as headquarters for social justice efforts. To read more about the history of Casa, click here.

2014-2015 Casa Residents

In 2004, Casa became part of the Greenlining Institute’s Leadership Academy, becoming a multi-ethnic residential leadership program and a home away from home as it continues to serve low-income, first-generation students.

Casa is home to 38 students per academic year and is conveniently located blocks away from the UC Berkeley campus. Casa has a long tradition of supporting and meeting the needs of first-generation, low-income, UC Berkeley students, with the goal of increasing recruitment and retention. Through the support, mentorship, and leadership development curriculum of the Greenlining Leadership Academy, we work to:

  • empower student leaders of color to advocate for social justice and equity on campus and in their communities
  • inspire students to fulfill their true potential; nurture and develop leadership skills
  • foster a positive and healthy university experience
  • facilitate the development of life-long friendships and professional networks

Casa provides its residents with academic support and mentorship through connections with campus advisors who are committed to the success of first-generation, low-income students of color. Within the Casa community, students are also peer advisors who support and uplift each other’s academic success and personal growth.

Throughout the academic year, Casa residents participate in leadership and skills development workshops, attend weekly community meetings, regularly meet with their academic counselors, and are exposed to valuable on-campus resources. In addition, residents receive mentorship, academic support, exposure to various career and educational trajectories, and have the opportunity to learn about critical public policy issues that impact their communities.


Residents participate in personal and professional development workshops that strengthen their capacity to contribute to their Casa experience as well as prepare them for future professional and academic opportunities.
Workshops include:

  • Resume Building
  • Public Speaking
  • Mock Interviews
  • Networking & Etiquette
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Strengths Finder (individual leadership assessment)
  • Career Planning
  • Introduction to Negotiation Techniques
  • Introduction to Lobbying


Casa offers Single, Double, Triple, and Quadruple rooms. Rent includes wi-fi and five dinner meals at the International House Dining Hall per week. Casa has a kitchen, living room, and study room, open 24 hours a day.

Community Building activities include:

  • Fall & Spring Retreat
  • Meet & Greets with Greenlining Staff and Casa Alumni
  • Hiking trips
  • Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Holiday Dinner
  • Socials with other on-campus organizations
  • Community Service
  • Football games
How to Apply for Casa Joaquin Housing


Each year 40 Berkeley students are provided a unique opportunity to live, learn, and grow together. To apply, students must be enrolled and in good standing with the University of California for the current academic calendar year.  There are no academic requirements for the program, so good standing in this instance refers to disciplinary and conduct standing.

  • Undergraduate Students: All currently enrolled or incoming UC Berkeley undergraduate students including  international students can apply. (On leave status is not considered “enrolled.”)
  • Graduate & Professional Students:  Unfortunately, students enrolled in graduate or professional degree programs are NOT eligible to apply.

Important Dates & Deadlines

  • Current Students (all students enrolled at Cal): May 30, 2022, 5:00 p.m. PST
  • Incoming Students (freshman and transfers): May 30, 2022, 5:00 p.m. PST

Information Sessions

To attend an information session, please RSVP here.


The CASA JOAQUIN HOUSING application changes each cycle. We recommend that before beginning your application carefully reviewing this page of guidelines and the entire online application in Formstack.

Applications may only be submitted online via Formstack. Do not email, fax, or drop off a paper application in person. We do not accept applications.

Application Checklist

  • Submission of the application form
  • A copy of your Financial Aid Offer Letter
  • A copy of your or your parents previous year's taxes
  • A copy of the Official UC Berkeley Offer Letter or other proof of enrollment
  • Professional resume and list of references
Frequently Asked Questions