Table of resources

Stay Safe:

Student Health Services, UC SHIP, and CruzCare

Student Health Services (SHS), Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), and Student Health Outreach and Promotion (SHOP) are all open and committed to protecting your health. You can now access SHS services on-campus or off-campus through phone, video, email, or in-person appointments. UC SHIP covers students no matter where they are. Learn how to use UC SHIP and CruzCare benefits from anywhere, or cancel if needed. 

CAPS Mental Health Services 

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) has many online services, including individual counseling, psychiatric services, online groups and workshops, mental health crisis services, the Let's Talk drop-in program, and free online resources for students. Please contact (831) 459-2628 to make an appointment. You can also find a therapist through LiveHealth Online.


For crisis services for students who may be experiencing sexual assault, sexual harrassment, and dating/domestic violence, please contact the CARE office at (831) 502-2273. CARE also has online support groups available. For local after-hours support, Monarch Services's confidential hotline is available 24/7: (888) 900-4232.  If you are currently out of the Santa Cruz area, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline: (800) 656-4673 or find your local crisis center here.

CAPS Case Management Services

Case managers support students in connecting to on- and off-campus resources for medical and mental health needs. Students can call (831) 459-2628 to schedule phone and Zoom appointments. CAPS Case Management will also be offering remote drop-in hours every day. No appointment is needed. For more information go the CAPS Calendar on the CAPS Website at Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS). CAPS Case Managers can also assist out-of-state and international students to mental health resources in your local communities.

Stay Well:

Basic Needs Support

Slug Support is available for immediate basic needs and other emergency situations via phone at (831) 459-4446. We have immediate food resources, such as meal swipes, gift cards, and referrals to CalFresh and food pantries, as well as emergency housing options for students in need. 

Slug Support Pantry

The Slug Support Pantry will be partnering with The Cowell Coffee Shop for the Peoples to continue distributing food to UCSC Students. Throughout the Summer, distributions will take place weekly on Thursdays from 2:00 pm-6:00 pm at the Cowell Coffee Shop: For the Peoples. Appointments are encouraged for each visit, sign up here: Slug Support Pantry Distribution Sign-Up.


Student Health Outreach and Promotion (SHOP) is open for online, phone, or email consultations on sexual health, party-safe strategies, and drug and alcohol recovery. SHOP also offers free personal wellness consultations. SHOP provides access to The Cove, which is a safe space for students that are committed to their recovery from alcohol and drugs, or are the loved one of someone with an addiction. The Cove is hosting virtual recovery meetings, taking online appointments, and video chats. 


More Student Services

Undergraduate Admissions, Housing, Financial Aid


Looking for another student service? A list of services and operating hours can also be found on the COVID-19 webpage.

Stay Connected:

Student Union Assembly

The Student Advocate's Office is a non-partisan, confidential, office of advocates/caseworkers through the Student Union Assembly (SUA) that assists students in need. They can assist students with financial aid concerns, basic needs, conduct, or academic issues.

Resource Centers

The Resource Centers comprise the four Ethnic Resource Centers: African American Resource and Cultural Center, American Indian Resource Center, Asian American / Pacific Islander Resource Center, and “El Centro” the Chicano Latino Resource Center; the Cantú Queer Center, and the Women's Center. The centers are physically closed, but staff can still be reached by phone or email. 

Disability Resource Center 

The Disability Resource Center (DRC), which provides equal educational access for students with disabilities, is holding remote appointments via phone and video. 

Career Center

The Career Center is open and offers virtual appointments, drop-in office hours via Zoom, and webinars. A list of current services and frequently asked questions is online and is updated regularly.    

Learning Support Services

Learning Support Services (LSS), which provides course-specific academic support services for undergraduate students, is supporting courses through Spring Quarter via Zoom. Students can receive online tutoring support by signing up via Tutor Trac and can ask questions of the front desk via Zoom


Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is providing advising appointments via phone, Zoom or Google Hangouts for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. EOP can be reached at (831) 459-2296.


Services for Transfers and Re-Entry Students (STARS), which provides support to transfer, re-entry, veteran students, is holding virtual appointments via Zoom, Google Hangouts, or phone. You can schedule appointments with individual advisers through Slug Success.


SOMeCA -- Student Organization Advising & Resources (SOAR), Student Media and Cultural Arts & Diversity (CAD) --  is still meeting virtually and holding events. Contact SOAR at, Student Media at, and CAD at  

Students as Parents

Students as parents face unique challenges and often have competing responsibilities between their work and home lives. Check out our resource guide - compiled by students who are parents working in conjunction with campus programs that support undergraduate and graduate students who are raising children at UC Santa Cruz.