Resources and Information for Students

Success in graduate school requires care and attention to all aspects of your life: health and wellness, community, career development, personal and professional relationships, and security and safety. UCSF is committed to providing a full range of resources and services to help you succeed. Learn more about these resources by visiting our Student Success website. Here are a few highlights:


Return to Campus Toolkit provides multiple resources for navitgating the classroom and learning environment as programs return to in-person learning.

Learning Resource Services provides tools for academic and clinical success through workshops and individual consultations.

Student Disability Services works with students who have disabilities to determine and coordinate reasonable accommodations. Students who have, or think they may have, a disability are invited to contact SDS for a confidential discussion ([email protected] or 415-476-6595).

Journal Club in Social Justice Epidemiology brings together faculty and PhD students from across UCSF to promote scholarly dialogue and collaboration.

Graduate Division Diversity Resources provides resources to develop your career, community and wellness.

Career Development

The UCSF Office for Career and Professional Development (OCPD) offers trainees general information sessions for planning diverse career paths and offers one-on-one counseling sessions to students and recent graduates. 

OCPD also offers resources on mentorship
In addition, the OCPD offers resources specialized to students in the SocPop (Social and Population Health Sciences Research Consortium) programs who may be exploring career paths not open to basic science trainees.

The UCSF Office of the Ombuds offers mediation and conflict management services to faculty, administrative staff and all enrolled students at UCSF.

Health and Wellness

General wellness information, including workshops:

For Student Health & Counseling Services including resources for the Graduate Student Health Insurance Plan (GSHIP), mental health crisis and for finding urgent care locations*.  
*If you are in a life-threatening crisis situation, go to the nearest ER. ER locations are listed at:

The CARE Program provides free, confidential support to any UCSF affiliate including students, staff, faculty, post docs and researchers who have experienced harassment, abuse or discrimination related to identity and to any UCSF affiliate who has experienced interpersonal violence such as sexual assault, dating/intimate partner violence, sexual harassment or stalking.  This program also has a dedicated CARE Advocate for Racial Justice who provides confidential support, assistance and advocacy on behalf of UCSF community members who are experiencing discrimination based on their race, ethnicity and/or national origin and other protected categories.

For UC Student Health Insurance Plan:

For Family Leaves Questions, including Parental and Medical Leave, and how that will affect your course of study, please contact Clair Dunne, TICR Program Administrator, for guidance:  [email protected]

For Student Disability Services: UCSF is committed to providing all students equal access to all of its programs, services, and activities. Student Disability Services at UCSF (SDS) is the campus office that works with students who have disabilities to determine and coordinate reasonable accommodations. Students who have, or think they may have, a disability are invited to contact SDS for a confidential discussion ([email protected]) or 415-476-6595

UCSF Spritual Care Services Spiritual Care Services facilitates religious rituals and personal spiritual practices and provides emotional support and exploration of issues that are of meaning and value to patients, their families and loved ones, and UCSF faculty, staff, and students.  Meditation rooms can be found at Mission Bay, Parnassus and Mt. Zion

Community and Connection at UCSF

Both the MyFamily at UCSF  and UCSF Campus Life Services websites are essential resources for childcare, seniorcare, back-up sitter services, pet-sitting, workshops and all things family related. 

Build your community and connectionThis site provides information on student groups and how to get involved around campus. 

Lactation Resources:  there are several fully equiped lacation/wellness spaces accross campus but you must regsitrar for access (which gives you access to ALL ROOMS). 


San Francisco is a world-class city, but it is no secret that it can be difficult to afford. Unless you are already established in the Bay Area, finding a place to live may be one of your biggest concerns as a student. Some resources that may help are available here: