All UC Berkeley students can now read The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal for free!

Thanks to the efforts of the Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) and UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly, all students at Cal can activate their free subscriptions at and

After a semester of negotiations, the Office of the ASUC Executive Vice President has secured a low-cost subscription to these publications for all students attending the University of California, Berkeley. The initial campus subscription contracts are three years with The New York Times and two years with The Wall Street Journal.


Who is eligible to receive the benefits of the partnerships?

All UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students will have free and unlimited access to the online published content of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal until their date of graduation. Additional content (i.e. Crossword, Cooking, Kindle) is not included in The New York Times partnership. In addition, UC Berkeley faculty and staff will have free access to The Wall Street Journal.

What if I already have a subscription?

If you have a personally paid subscription with the New York Times, then you should move to cancel your subscription by calling NYT Customer care (800) 591-9233 and then activate the ASUC/GA one through For more information, please advise the last section of this release.

If you already have a personally paid membership with The Wall Street Journal, please call 1-800- JOURNAL to cancel your paid membership. After your membership is cancelled you can activate your ASUC/GA-sponsored membership at You are not required to use your Berkeley email address when setting up your account on WSJ.

Which funds account is the ASUC utilizing to pay for these subscriptions?

The ASUC and Graduate Assembly have utilized funds from their Commercial Revenue accounts. These funds are derived from revenue of ASUC Student Union business ventures. No student fee funds have been or will be utilized for these purposes. It is important to us that the money spent at our ASUC Student Union comes back to all students.

Read additional frequently asked questions on the ASUC website.