Notice – Policies and resources for the campus community on the COVID-19 global pandemic, including necessary health and safety precautions and how to obtain more information from health care providers, state health authorities, and the CDC's COVID-19 web site

Basic Needs Center - UC Berkeley:

Food Resources:

  • If you are struggling with low funds and a lack of food, please look through this list of Food Resources in the Bay Area. We all need some help these days.

Dining Halls

Berkeley International Office:

  • BIO has an FAQ to address visa questions and travel information for international students.
  • International students are eligible for applying for the COVID-19 Student Relief Fund. Please make sure you are logged into their student email account when submitting the form.

Career Center Resources:

  • The Career Center will be operating virtually for the foreseeable future. Student services, including counseling appointments, will be available electronically between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm (email, video and teleconference). Handshake will continue to serve as the primary portal for students and employers. Students can send messages to ontheweb@berkeley.edu or directly to their career counselor's email address regarding questions or issues.
     
    • Pre-Health Advising
      **Pre-Health Advising Drop-in sessions formerly at VLSB and Mulford Hall are going Virtual!**
      Drop In Times (beginning March 31st)
      • Tuesdays 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
      • Tuesdays 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
      • Thursdays 1:00 pm-4:00 pm

Health & Well-being:

  • Updated information on Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP) related to C-19 is available on the UHS website.

Counseling & Psychological Services:

  • University Health Services is developing online tools for coping during COVID-19.  See some of their resource below:
     
    • Self-Care: A brief video from Counseling and Psychological Services
    • Managing Fears and Anxiety around Corona Virus: A handout

Stay Well Together

PATH to Care Center:

  • Survivor support resources during COVID-19 are still available during the COVID-19 pandemic, including during the shelter-in-place orders. Your safety and well-being are our top priorities. There may be adjustments to options during this time, so please refer to the PATH to Care website.

Financial Aid & Scholarships Office:

  • Emergency Funds: Students who need additional financial support can either create a case with Cal Student Central or submit a request for additional financial aid via the Cost of Attendance Adjustment Request.  The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office has more specific information on their website.

Technology Resources:

Laptop and WIFI Hotspot Lending Program

  • If you are facing pressing technology needs, please check out the Student Technology Fund's new Laptop and WiFi Hotspot Lending Program webpage. To get started, fill out the Technology Needs Assessment. 

    For students looking to purchase their own tech, there are instructions for requesting cost of living adjustments from financial aid, and securing student discounts as well. 

Library Services

  • The UC Berkeley Library’s buildings are closed, but users can still access a wealth of resources online, as the Library ramps up its outreach and remote services.
    Digital versions of millions of physical volumes held by libraries across the 10-campus UC system through the Hathi Trust digital library. 

Zoom Pro Accounts for Students

  • All registered undergraduate, graduate and professional school students now have access to Zoom Pro accounts at no additional cost to them. Among other features, this enables students to unlimited meeting minutes and 300-person meeting capacity. More details are available at studenttech.berkeley.edu/zoompro

Student Tech Support

Technology Discounts and Financial Aid Adjustments

eText Books

  • The Cal Student Store is offering a no-cost solution to students who may have lost access to course materials that they previously shared with classmates or instructors, or accessed via the library. Through May 25, 2020, you can access an expansive catalog (tens of thousands of ebooks) of eTexts for free via VitalSource. All you need to do is to log-in to the VitalSource Bookshelf app using your Berkeley email address to view course materials from participating publishers. As with many free offers, this offer does end so please pay close attention to the expiration date to avoid unnecessary charges. 

Tutoring:

Undocumented Student Program Services :