I'm applying for readmission to UC Berkeley after taking a semester off. In the Application for Readmission, one question asks, "Will you be in residence at Berkeley for the entire semester?"

Does "in residence at Berkeley" mean "using on-campus housing" or just "living in the vicinity of the university"?

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    The equivalent at Oxford is unusually precise: within 6 miles of Carfax tower for most undergrads, 25 for graduate students.
    – Jessica B
    Jun 6, 2015 at 6:47

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This is the response I received from my graduate program's coordinator:

It just means physically being here, so doesn't have to be on-campus housing.


It means being on-campus for your studies: e.g., attending classes, doing research, collaborating on research, whatever. It's not a question about where you sleep at night (whether your home residence is in on-campus housing or not) so much as about whether you are physically here for your studies.

This is aimed at separating out "working remotely". If you are living on the other side of the country and trying to do your studies remotely, then you're not in residence at the university.

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