DSPT lay students enjoy living in Villarrasa Hall located on Le Conte Avenue in Berkeley, five blocks from DSPT, one block from the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) Library and two blocks from the University of California, Berkeley campus. The building is comprised of 13 units (shared aparments, studios and 1BR), each unfurnished with its own kitchen and bathroom. There is a credit card washer and dryer on-site. Parking is very limited; it’s best to purchase a street permit from the City of Berkeley.
Thanks to DSPT's relationship to the Western Dominican Province, the school is able to offer these apartments at a subsidized rate, beginning at $600/month.
St. Albert Priory, the home of East Bay Dominicans, offers housing to lay men in Rockridge, 15 minutes away from DSPT. This is an especially appealing opportunity for those who seek a contemplative spiritual life alongside their academic and community life at DSPT. Founded in 1932, St. Albert is a house of prayer devoted to the formation of Dominican friars.
St. Albert offers daily Liturgy of the Hours and Mass, as well as spacious grounds, tranquil beauty, and a small prayer chapel. Students are provided a modestly furnished bedroom, two shared bathrooms with shower and bathtub, and a spacious community room with TV and refrigerator.
Rent is based on a room cost ($800/month) and a meal plan cost (flexible). Meals are offered three times a day and are cooked by a professional cooking staff.
Send application to our Admissions Office via email or by mail to: 2301 Vine Street, Berkeley, CA 94708. Housing is allotted based on availability, the order of applications received, and a personal interview with the applicant. DSPT students are given first priority. Occasionally the school is able to offer housing at Vilarrasa Hall and St Albert Priory to GTU and UC Berkeley students.
Many of the other member schools of the Graduate Theological Union are able to offer housing to our students, based on availability. The GTU website maintains a list of housing contacts for each members school, as well as a detailed list of helpful tips when shopping the Bay Area rental market. Please take a moment to review this web page for more information.