About Student Wellbeing

Student wellbeing is integral to academic success, student development, and life satisfaction. We, in Student Affairs, are committed to building relationships with our students such that together we generate optimal conditions for their wellbeing.

Urgent Needs

UCSB Discressed Students Response Protocol Flyer


Refer a Student in Distress

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UC Police Department (UCPD)

911 or (805) 893-3446
Danger to yourself or others

After Hours Counseling 

(805) 893-4411
Press 2 to speak with a counselor 

Bias or Hate Incident Response

UCSB Incident Report Form  

Financial Crisis Response Team

Eviction, financial emergency or urgent food-related issue

Interpersonal Violence, Stalking, and Sexual Assault Advocacy

(805) 893-4613

Undocumented Student Services

(805) 893-5609
Students or immediate family members are detained or at risk of deportation


Basic Needs

COVID-19 Update: Food pantries & Basic Needs advocates are open for in person service. All other basic needs services are open with virtual access.

  • Technology Access - Support to secure a laptop or wifi
  • Help with an emerging issue such as eviction, health, food-related crisis
  • Financial Assistance to help students experiencing financial problems
  • Food Access & Programs:
    • AS Food Bank, Miramar Pantry
    • CalFresh assistance
    • FNBS & UCSB Cooks - food prep and shopping during COVID-19
    • Affordable housing resources (UCSB/IV) - budget advising and workshops 


Food Security and Basic Needs Advocates located in the UCen

Food Security and Basic Needs Advising Center (SNAC)

Fall Quarter Service Hours: 

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Virtual Assistance Hours via Tawk.to Live Chat (Food.ucsb.edu)

Fall Quarter Service Hours:

Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Service hour information can be located here: https://food.ucsb.edu/resources/basic-needs-advocates

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)


COVID-19 Update: Teletherapy by Zoom and phone sessions are available during business hours. Request services via an online form or call (805) 893-4411.

  • Brief therapy and group therapy
  • Urgent appointments
  • After Hours Counseling (nights, weekends and holidays)



(805) 893-4411

Voicemail messages will be returned within one business day. Requests after 3 pm will be returned the next business day.


Brief Assessment Hours (to get connected to services)
Monday—Friday, 10 am – Noon & 1 – 3 pm

Business Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Wednesday, 10 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday, 9 am – 4:30 pm

​Campus Advocacy Resources and Education (CARE)


COVID-19 Update: Appointments will be conducted via phone or Zoom. Contact CARE via the advocacy telephone line shown below.

  • Support for anyone impacted by sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, & harassment, including crisis counseling, resource navigation, and accompaniment
  • Prevention and healing workshops
  • Free, confidential and available 24/7


(805) 893-4613


Monday—Friday, 8 am – 5 pm

Health & Wellness (H&W)

The Department of Health & Wellness provides many offerings to engage and improve your wellness. 

  • Cooking Classes that provide basics skills on kitchen tools, budgeting, nutrition and meal preparation.
  • Meditation for stress management & a workshop series in mindfulness.
  • Healthy Body Image and Eating Disorder Prevention
  • Sleep Challenge to help you build healthy habits to improve your quality of sleep.
  • Sexual Health & Relationship Resources
  • Positive Psychology & the science of happiness.
  • And much more!


(805) 893-2630


Office Hours
Email your request/need to connect with us virtually

Business Hours
Monday—Friday, 8 am – 5 pm



The Department of Recreation is committed to creating a healthy campus culture for students, staff, faculty, and neighboring communities. UCSB Recreation seeks to promote balanced lifestyles through innovative and high-quality programs and facilities in the areas of sport, fitness, recreation, and wellness. Find Your Fit with Recreation!



(805) 893-7619



Monday—Thursday, 6 am – 11 pm
Friday, 6 am – 9 pm
Saturday, 9 am – 9 pm
Sunday, 9 am – 10 pm

Student Health Services (SHS)


COVID-19 Update: In addition to providing in-person appointments, you can now access your medical provider from home via telehealth.

  • Primary care: general medical care, mental health conditions, medication initiation and monitoring, nutrition counseling, transgender healthcare & advocacy.
  • Behavioral health care: psychiatry, social work, and alcohol & drug therapy.
  • Pharmacy services: prescription and over-the-counter medications; many prescriptions can be mailed to your address.
  • Walk-in care is available for illness or injury that cannot wait for an appointment.



(805) 893-5361
After Hours Nurseline: 1 (877) 351-3457


Monday—Friday, 9 am – 4:30 pm
Thursday, 5 – 7 pm

Telehealth Appointments Only