Webster Hall

Webster Hall, located at 1511 Webster Street in Oakland, houses approximately 77 continuing, transfer (international and domestic), exchange, and graduate students on the top two floors of this wonderfully crafted building.

The bottom floors of the building are occupied by Envisions Academy of Arts and Technology high school throughout the school day. Webster Hall is composed of single, double, triple, and quadruple rooms.

Webster Hall's History

Webster Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Webster Hall, formerly known as the Oakland YWCA Building, was designed by architect Julia Morgan and constructed between 1913 and 1914.

The Webster community allows young artists to live, work, and be inspired in the heart of Oakland's art scene!

Access to the Bay Area's Vibrant Cultural Highlights

The students living in Webster have access to museums, local galleries, theaters and is walking distance from Oakland’s Chinatown and beautiful Lake Merritt.

Students living in Webster have the opportunity to share their work with others who are serious about their scholarship and creating meaningful art, and receive critical feedback from their peers.

By living in this vital community, students have the chance to engage in meaningful conversations about the arts, develop new friendships, and gain exposure to professional artists.


Situated just two blocks from BART (the Bay Area Rapid Transit system that unites all four major corners of the Bay Area) and within walking distance of several major bus lines, getting around the Bay Area is quite easy!

Of course, the free college shuttle runs weekdays during the academic year among Webster Hall, the Oakland campus, and the San Francisco campus.

This community is a great place to live and work! Some of the amenities included are two studios, community kitchens, a lounge, and on-site laundry facilities.


See rates for the current academic year posted on the main Residential Halls page.


  • 2 studios—1 on the residential floor and 1 large studio located in the basement
  • 2 kitchens; 4th floor kitchen has 2 stove tops, 1 oven, and 1 microwave and the 5th floor kitchen is equipped with 1 stove top, 1 oven and 1 microwave
  • 1 large common lounge on the 5th floor equipped with a television, a DVD player, couches, and tables as well as a television and DVD player in the 4th floor kitchen
  • refrigerator/freezer units provided in each room
  • common gender-specific bathrooms per floor
  • high-speed internet jacks in each room and wireless in the lounge
  • laundry facilities located in the basement
  • mailboxes located on the fourth floor
  • around-the-clock, seven-days-a-week security in the building lobby
  • security escorts to nearby facilities from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.
  • college-provided shuttle service to/from San Francisco and Oakland campuses

Hall Facts

  • composed of students aged 19 and older
  • coed community by room
  • located in downtown Oakland at 1511 Webster Street
  • 2.5 miles from the Oakland campus
  • BART & AC Transit within 2 walking blocks
  • near Lake Merritt farmers market and shopping district
  • Whole Foods market located within 1.1 miles
  • Walk Score of 94 and rated a walker's paradise