Time In-Between Classes?

Check Out These Locations Around BCC

By Christine Villanueva and James Dennehy, Illustrations by  Christine Villanueva

For the type of person who likes their leisurely walks between classes Berkeley City College’s ideal downtown location offers great amenities you might be glancing over if you run straight to and from class. The professor in your three-hour lecture class has probably explained the mandatory 10 minute break following 50 minutes of instruction, but how do you manage this 10 minutes in between?

“We like our breaks, but we only need one.” explains student Ali Sanford, “Crucial for me, especially in long lectures, I learn better when I have some time in between to recuperate.”  When asked about how she likes the campus, Ali stated, “It’s so nice and concentrated.”

Most students squander their breaks by hanging around the hallway or checking theirs phone, but there are plenty of productive ways to spend your free time in the heart of Downtown Berkeley.

Here are a few suggestions:


Berkeley Art Museum, 2155 Center Street

Mondays – Tuesdays Closed

Wednesdays – Thursdays, Sundays 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Fridays – Saturdays 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Berkeley’s newly completed art museum and Pacific Film Archive is just as shapely as the works inside it. Take advantage of your $10 student discounted ticket and spend a day wandering through the winding halls of Downtown Berkeley’s newest attraction.

Copy Central, 48 Shattuck Square

Mondays – Thursdays 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Fridays 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sundays 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Copy Central of Downtown Berkeley is a great resource to BCC students who need to print on a budget. They offer better deals than our library’s ten-cents-a-copy rule. Students may also find themselves in the store asking about the many readers they carry for professors at BCC.

Berkeley Art Passage, 2055 Center Street

Mondays – Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This literal hole-in-the-wall gallery is one of students’ favorite ways to blow 10 minutes while waiting on classes to start. Located through the Berkeley Central Apartments, this passage will get you from Center to Addison St. with a view along the way. The artwork is all created by local artists and often has a theme that relates to the city.

K’s Café, 2002 Center Street

Mondays – Thursdays 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Fridays 6:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Saturdays 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Stop by BCC’s favorite café for a coffee and bagel made any way you could want it! For years, this café has been a staple in the City College scene and can feature anyone from professors conducting office hours to students procrastinating over hot coffee.


East Winds Books of Berkeley, 2066 University Avenue

Mondays – Saturdays 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sundays 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For over 20 years, East Winds has served as the first Asian-American bookstore in the San Francisco Bay Area to house a curated selection of Asian American studies, language-learning titles, and literature. As the go-to providers for academic institutions, their specialization provides people with specific cultural resources and serves as a space for discussion on colonial struggles. “We want to have open discussion of our voice,” assistant manager, Erika Pallasigue notes. East Winds’ recent book expansion now includes African American and ethnic studies to keep awareness of the communities affected by suppressed social freedoms and inequality.

Half Price Books, 2036 Shattuck Avenue

Monday – Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Half Price Books’ selection depends on the people in the community. “Seventy percent of the used books are from the public,” says store manager, Joshua Lynn. “The selection you see here is from the same people who walk through the front door.” The bookstore holds a large section of nonfiction and academic reads but not to say they only have one section to keep your interest. Their art books, comics, and music sections have vibrant titles, new and familiar, to rummage through. Sit and stay for a while. There’s always ample seating when you are ready to dive into a new book!

Fantastic Comics, 2026 Shattuck Avenue

Sundays – Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday – Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

As an independent comic bookstore that takes the focus off the Marvel and DC standards, Fantastic Comics shows off their quantity of small publisher and local comics. “The more you read comics, the more the ‘other’ stands out,” says bookstore owner Uel Carter. “It’s the weird [stuff] that you wouldn’t get from publishers that only worry about sales.” Fantastic Comics hosts monthly book signings and a ladies’ comic book club that welcomes both visitors and loyal patrons. Stop by the store or check out their website to participate in upcoming events. November 19th, Fantastic Comics will be hosting Local Comic Artists’ Day, a new annual celebration featuring cartoonists from the local community and limited edition comic books and collectibles. Keep it in your calendars!

ATMS (See Map BELOW for Locations)

Machines Open 24/7

If you’re in need of cash for a BART pass or a revitalizing coffee, fear not. There are many ATMs located a couple blocks from BCC, including: Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, 1st United Credit Union, and Citibank. Each of these are open all day and will help you get what you need to stay awake.


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