The Basic Needs Center remains committed to providing services while regular campus operations may be disrupted. For live updates on their operations and service model, please visit http://tinyurl.com/UCB-BNC-C19.


Data from the 2016 UC Graduate Student Well-being Survey show that 23 percent of Berkeley graduate students lack consistent access to nutritious foods.

The Basic Needs Center serves as a resource hub for undergraduate and graduate students who need support around their food, housing and financial needs. The Center also is a space for students to create community and access coordinated support for their basic needs. Services include case management, emergency housing, CalFresh and emergency food resources, as well as basic needs drop-in services. If you or someone you know is in immediate need of emergency food, housing or financial resources, please email basicneedssupport@berkeley.edu or come to the Basic Needs Center (MON-FRI 10-6 PM) located in the BNORTH (lower-level) inside the MLK Student Union. More information can be found at basicneeds.berkeley.edu.

Thanks to funding from the Basic Needs Fee, there are several resources and services that can support graduate and professional school students:

Many of these resources are now also available to international and undocumented students; please contact case managers at basicneedssupport@berkeley.edu so they can help identify the right resource. 

Additionally, all students are also eligible to access the following resources offered by the Division of Student Affairs: 

  • Bears for Financial Success” – Financial wellness resources and long-term financial solutions to help address housing or food insecurity issues.
  • Cal Rentals: Online tool supported by staff to assist, free of charge, in helping undergraduate and graduate students find off-campus housing options.
  • Student Legal Services: Legal counsel and guidance, for example they can assist with landlord disputes, among other services.  

Categories: Graduate Division Announcements, March 2020