Transfer Living Learning Community (TLLC)

Transfer Living Learning Community (TLLC)

Max Martinez

Conveniently located two blocks south of campus, Martinez Commons offers both residence hall and apartment style housing.

study lounge

The building's lobby features soaring ceilings, natural wood, and plenty of gathering spots.

Study Room

Martinez Commons has an academic center, gym and meeting rooms on the main level, and study rooms on every floor.


Students can study or hang out with friends in the outdoor common area of Martinez Commons.

2520 Channing Way | Interactive Campus Map | Rates

About the Complex

  • A modern, dynamic, environmentally sustainable building that includes both residence halls and apartments.

  • Location: Two blocks from campus in the urban heart of Berkeley, close to local cafes, restaurants, and shops.

  • Open during winter break: Martinez Commons is the only campus residence hall open during winter break; room rates are inclusive of occupancy during this period.

  • Room types: Double and triple rooms with all-gender community bathrooms; single-gender floors have single-gender community bathrooms.

  • Theme Program: The Transfer Living Learning Community

Residence Hall Features

These services and amenities are included:

  • Cal Dining Blue Meal Plan (learn more about Meal Plans, with flexible upgrade plans and add-on flex dollar options)

  • Utilities: gas, electric, water, garbage, recycling, and compost

  • Furnishings: extra-long twin bed (triple rooms include a bunk bed & a lofted bed), desk, chair, dresser, mirror, and closet

  • Appliances in room: Microchill refrigerator and microwave combo unit (contracts include an Equipment Fee for its use; details can be found on the Rates page.)

  • High speed Wi-Fi, Xfinity streaming TV, and phone jack outlet

  • Professional live-in staff and 24/7 emergency response

  • Laundry center, mail services, and bike storage

  • On-site central fitness center and recreation room

  • Three tiers of secured entry and access for buildings

  • Academic Services Center with PC and Mac workstations, laser printers, and network connection as well as tutoring classrooms and quiet study room.

  • Large main lounge with big-screen TV, pool table and open-concept lounges in the lobby, plus study rooms on each residence hall floor and one social lounge on each residence hall floor

  • Shared kitchenette

  • Smoke-free environment (smoking only permitted outside in designated areas)

Room Layouts

Transfer Living Learning Community (TLLC)

The Transfer Living and Learning Community is a unique, community living experience for incoming transfer students initiated by former ASUC Senator Carmel Gutherz and the Transfer Student Center. As a community member, you will have the opportunity to live in a Maximino Martinez Commons residence hall with 44 new transfers, each selected through our application process. We are looking for motivated students who are ready to cultivate strong relationships with their peers, and actively participate in floor social activities. The Transfer Living and Learning Community features a continuing transfer student residential assistant, who can provide guidance and support from the transfer perspective. The Transfer Living and Learning Community is a new initiative, first offered in the 2017-18 academic year yielding a 100% recommendation rate from participants. 

The community is welcoming of students of all backgrounds, majors, and experiences. The diversity of perspective and experience is one of the strongest points of the program and an opportunity for residents to learn from each other and grow together. 

Our community is comprised of all double rooms in the Residence Halls.

Visit to compare room types and locations for on-campus housing. We recommend reviewing your financial aid eligibility by selecting "living on campus" for your housing located in the MyFinances tab on CalCentral. This is not a permanent selection, simply change your housing option again in the portal if you choose to. 

Application Process

If you are interested in applying for this transfer housing opportunity, please complete the questions below and submit by June 6, 2023 at 11:59 PM.

1. Submit an official UC Berkeley housing application to be considered for this housing program. You can file an application at
2. Submit the TLLC Supplemental Application (Link down below)