On-Campus Health & Wellness

UCSC Student Health Center

Location: Across Colleges Nine and Ten

Phone: (831) 459-2211

Email: healthcenter@ucsc.edu

  • Provides quality health care focused on the particular needs of students and offers routine medical appointments, same day care, counseling services, psychiatry services, nutritional counseling, health promotion programs, x-ray, and full laboratory and pharmacy services on site
  • All registered students have access to the Student Health Center regardless of their insurance plan
  • Our facility is staffed by board certified physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses. Students are seen by appointment and in Same Day Clinic
  • In case of emergencies, either during the day or after normal operating hours, please call 911

Student Health Outreach & Promotion (SHOP)

Phone: (831) 459-3772

  • Offers information, education, resources and support on issues such as alcohol and other drug use, sexual health, STI prevention, and helping students thrive
  • Services include

    • Free & Anonymous HIV testing: Monday-Friday 10AM-3PM (Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarter only)

    • The Condom Co-Op: Provides condoms, dental dams, lubricants and other safer sex supplies to the campus community at a lower cost than you would find anywhere else.

    • Birth Control Patrol: Information on contraception, assistance choosing what is right for you, help making medical appointments for contraception

Students in Recovery: Slugs for Health and Growth

Phone: Jorge Bru, AOD Educator at Student Health Outreach and Promotion (SHOP) | (831)-459-1417
Blair Davis, Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) | (831)-459-5883.

  • An all-inclusive community for students recovering from alcohol and/or other drugs, loved ones of those with addictions, allies, and anyone else who supports recovery
  • Diverse group, varying in ages and lengths of sobriety supported by staff and faculty at the university and community members

Disability Resource Center

Phone: (831) 459-2089

Email: drc@ucsc.edu

  • Provides a variety of accommodations and services to currently enrolled UCSC students to support them in making the most of their educational experience
  • Serves about 1500 students a year with various permanent disabilities, including learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, visual, mobility and hearing impairments, psychological disabilities, and chronic systemic disorders (e.g. lupus, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, etc)
  • Serves students with temporary medical conditions such as broken bones, recovery from a medical procedure, and pregnancy related complications

Veterans Resource Center

Phone: (831) 459-1520

  • STARS helps UCSC to welcome students who are military veterans and invites them to participate in a wide variety of academic and personal support services and programs
  • A student veteran support coordinator, and a group of veteran peer mentors are available on a drop-in or by-appointment basis to assist with your transition to the campus and help you get started on your UCSC educational path
  • The VETS Peer Mentor team provides successful students with experience in transitioning from the military to education. The Student Veteran Peer Mentors are available on campus or by telephone

Services for Transfer and Re-Entry Students (STARS)

Email: starpeer@ucsc.edu or ucscstar@ucsc.edu 

  • Provides culturally responsive support to transfer, re-entry, veteran students, as well as students who do not have traditional family support due to experiences in the foster care system, with homelessness, abuse, parents who have been incarcerated, or other factors impacting their family life
  • Comprised of professional staff members, peer advisers and mentors who are readily accessible to guide students on their academic journeys from pre-admission through their transition to UCSC, all the way to graduation and beyond
  • STARS staff provide holistic and humanizing counseling by acknowledging the lived experiences of students
We consider the social, political, economic, environmental and historical contexts impacting a student’s experience. We guide students to see learning as a growth process, through which we encounter the unknown, move through fear and uncertainty, and circle in one’s authentic self. We offer programs and activities that create a sense of belonging and invite students to be a part of our community. STARS staff embrace and develop connections and cooperative relationships with colleagues and community partners to create a meaningful and personalized network of support for our students.  We foster critical reflection and action among students and staff.  We value self-care, healing, and transformation for our students and ourselves. Transfer students are defined as someone who has completed college courses prior to coming to UC Santa Cruz and generally do not enter the University as a freshman.

The Covecast

  • A podcast created by students for students providing an anthology interviews from UCSC Students who have worked toward recovery
  • Includes discussion on self care, recovery and harm reduction techniques, as well as reaching out to other groups on campus to discuss things such as the systematic problems associated with drugs and alcohol. This mode of information provides content in a way that can reach the UCSC students, the wider UCSC Community and beyond, as easily as possible

This project works to add a human element to the topic of recovery at UCSC. It strives to break the highly clinical and impersonal depiction of recovery and remind students of the human struggle that is addiction.This project works in the hope of not only breaking the stigma around addiction and recovery, but also works to start the discussion on campus surrounding the perceptions, social factors, and injustices fellow students might face having been labeled ‘addicts’.

This project also works as a snapshot of the sociological and psychological view the campus has on recovery and addiction at this moment in time. Already professors and other facets of the university have asked for permission to share the podcasts as a teaching tool and a way to understand the undertones that permeate our campus.

Visit the UCSC The Cove & Slugs for Health & Growth Facebook pages.

Confidential Contacts

After-Hours Crisis Services

Available at night and on weekends for crisis assessment, consultation, and intervention

(831) 459-2628

Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education (CARE)

Location: Kresge 714 (Across from the Owl's Nest Cafe)
Physical location closed until further notice

CARE advocates provide nonjudgmental support and resources for survivors of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking, and their significant others

Make an appointment by phone, email, or fill out an appointment request form

(831) 502-2273


Appointment form

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Consult with professionals about mental health concerns

(831) 459-2628

Non-Confidential Contacts

Slug Support Program

Reports behavior and consultations about distressed students

(831) 459-4446