Townsend Center for the Humanities

University of California

220 Stephens Hall

Berkeley, CA 94720-2340


Stephens Hall is located in the central part of the campus directly south of the Campanile (Sather Tower). It is an off-white stucco building with an arched, central breezeway.

To reach the Center on foot, enter the campus from Telegraph Avenue, proceeding across Sproul Plaza through Sather Gate. Then turn right, walking uphill past Wheeler, Moses, and South Halls. Stephens Hall will be on South Drive to the right of the Campanile.

Once inside the Stephens Hall breezeway, enter the blue door on the right, walk through the hallway, and proceed along the exterior terrace to the Center’s entrance.

The Townsend Center is wheelchair accessible from the southeast entrance, near the creek. Enter on the 1st floor and take the elevator to the 2nd floor. 


From downtown Berkeley BART, proceed east (uphill) on Center Street towards campus. Cross Oxford Street, and walk up Frank Schlessinger way (the tree-covered pathway). Continue up the hill towards the Campanile (clock tower). Once you reach the Campanile, turn right and enter the Stephens Hall breezeway.

By Car

From I-80 East or West:

  • Exit at University Avenue (uphill fork if driving east)
  • Continue east on University Avenue for approx. 2 miles to Oxford Street
  • Turn right onto Oxford Street
  • Go 6 blocks and turn left onto Durant Avenue
  • Go 4 blocks, crossing Telegraph Avenue, then turn left

Look for public parking, available in public parking lots located in the vicinity of the south campus entrance, and fee-parking in campus lots after 5 pm. Street parking is metered and very limited.

The south campus entrance, open to pedestrians and bikes only, is located at the corner of Telegraph and Bancroft Way.

If you require directions to park on campus lots, which require a permit, please visit the UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation website.