Student Life

A Zaytuna student is driven by purpose and dedication, and because of this, an education at Zaytuna College can be transformative. It seeks to share with students the best from the Islamic and Western scholarly traditions, while simultaneously challenging them to think about who they were, are and who they would like to become. This process happens by providing a co-curricular approach to learning that requires students to apply what they know outside of the classroom. This approach motivates our students to become young people rooted in faith and action.


Engage your mind, body and soul.
Students are introduced and gain proficiency in swimming, archery, and horseback riding as part of the Zaytuna College curriculum. Umar ibn Al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) is reported to have said, “Teach your children swimming, archery and horseback riding.” Musnad Ahmad.

Monthly Khatmah

All students are highly encouraged to participate in a monthly reading of the entire Qur’an. Students will be joined by faculty and staff in each reading one thirtieth of the Qur’an, together, during a single gathering. We believe that this practice constitutes the spiritual backbone of the College.

Monthly Iftar and Conversation

All students are motivated to fast on Mondays and Thursdays, or as often as they find easy. A meaningful conversation and a shared meal cooked by the student community follows. All are encouraged to partake in this monthly activity.

Chess and Jiu-Jitsu

Male and female students will learn the skills of chess and Jiu-Jitsu throughout the semester in classes that seek to challenge the student to engage in both mind and body training.


Contact Iman Hamze at [email protected] or 510-900-3153 for a tour of the Upper Campus. Guided tours are available Monday-Friday by appointment only and are conducted from 2700 Marin Avenue, Berkeley, California.

Residential Life

Zaytuna College offers on-campus housing to all matriculated students. Housing is gender segregated, and each unit has a live-in Residential Assistant who is a student employee. Living on campus provides students with the opportunity to continue academic discussions outside of the classroom, and build relationships that will endure beyond graduation.

Al-Alusi Dormitory

The Al-Alusi Dormitory, is located on the 10-acre grounds of Zaytuna College’s Upper Campus. The dormitory, built in the 1950s, is a two-storied building, consisting of 19 dorm rooms, a small workout room, a study lounge, a common area with a fireplace and lounge, and a large communal kitchen.

Each dorm room is approximately 170 square feet and can accommodate two people per room. There are bathroom facilities on both floors, which are equipped with five private stalls. Each stall has a toilet, sink, and shower. The building is equipped with internet, and there is a coin-operated washer and dryer located in a separate building across from the dormitory in Sophia Hall.

This scenic and serene dormitory is located at the edge of Tilden Park and boasts magnificent views of both the Bay and the park. There is a bus stop near campus from where students can take the bus to the Lower Campus, UC Berkeley, and Downtown Berkeley. The dorm is 1.9 miles from the Lower Campus.

Le Conte Dormitory

The Le Conte Dormitory at 2479 Le Conte is a three-storied, ten-apartment building, consisting of two 2-bedroom apartments, four 1-bedroom apartments, and four studios. Built in the 1920s, the building has a lot of personality that sets it apart from more modern apartment buildings. The apartments are very spacious, with large built in closets, and plenty of storage space. Occupancy per apartment can range from 3-6 residents per apartment depending on size and type of apartment.

Each of the apartments in the building is furnished with twin beds or bunk beds, desks, a dining table and chairs, a refrigerator, and an oven/range. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available in the building, and the apartments are equipped with high-speed internet.

The building is situated at Zaytuna’s Lower Campus, adjacent to the Euclid building, and a minute’s walk away from the Le Conte building, and 1.9 miles away from the Upper Campus. Students living in the building will have access to the numerous UC Berkeley libraries, as well as the Graduate Theological Union Library, all conveniently located within a mile. Downtown Berkeley is a twenty-minute walk from the building.