UCSF Basic Needs for Students

Through a robust model of prevention, intervention, and emergency relief, Basic Needs connects students to critical on- and off-campus resources and provides educational opportunities for students to take personal responsibility for their wellness.

Food Market

Every Thursday, the Student Food Market offers a variety of fresh produce and other healthy staples, free of charge, to registered UCSF students.


Government-funded food assistance program that issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores


Sign up to receive an alert on your cell phone when there is free food available after catered events on campus

Skills Development


Basic Needs hosts events throughout the year to help build your nutritional knowledge confidence in the kitchen.

Rapid Rehousing

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Emergency funding is available for students with a financial hardship due to unexpected events.

Emergency Resources

Student Financial Aid Emergency Loans are available to students in need.