Basic Needs: Resources

Basic Needs Amenities in Central Campus

The Black Resource Center

The Cross Cultural Center

“The CCC was born from student & community movements. Our continued success is directly grounded in the hard work and dedication of these and future generations”

  • The CCC has a microwave and toaster oven, study rooms if they are not already booked for meetings, and an artspace.
  • Location: Second floor of Price Center East
  • E-mail:

Graduate Student Lounge

The Graduate Student Lounge offers a conference room with a table, projector screen, and whiteboard. Additionally, students can rest in this space in the various lounge chairs provided.

  • Location: Old Student Center, next to the Triton Food Pantry

International Student Center

The International Students & Programs Office (ISPO) enhances the academic and intercultural experiences of international students, provides the highest levels of knowledge and expertise in advising and immigration services, and facilitates global education through programs and services to the campus community.”

  • Location: First floor of Student Center B, located on the corner of Gilman Drive and Mandeville Lane
  • Phone: (858) 534-3730
  • By email: 


Intertribal Resource Center

Another one of the six Campus Community Resource Centers, the ITRC is "focused on supporting Native American students and promoting educational access in our tribal communities.”

  • The center offers a computer lab and lounge area.
  • Location: Second floor of Price Center West, near ERC room
  • Email:
  • Phone: (858) 822-0048

LGBT Resource Center

This Center is a “diverse, open and public space for all members of the university community to explore issues relating to sexual and gender identities, practices and politics.”

  • Includes a library, a lounge area and a large study space.
  • Location: above the Dolores Huerta/Cesar Chavez rooms
  • Email:
  • Phone: (858) 822-3493

Raza Resource Centro

The Centro is a space where UCSD students can study, meet, organize, and most importantly, be a part of a supportive Chicano/as- Latino/as community/environment.

  • The center has a library, computer lab, professional support staff, and kitchen with a refrigerator and microwave.
  • Location: 1st floor of the Student Services Center; on the corner facing Pepper Canyon Hall and the Conrad Prebys Music Center
  • Phone: (858) 822-0072


A student-run space that focuses on access to higher education and retention of UCSD undergraduate students.

  • SPACES runs a FREE book lending program at the beginning of every quarter (for more information check out their website)
  • Free printing, study space, snacks, and kitchen equipment including a toaster and a microwave.
  • Location: Second floor of Price Center West with the main entrance next to Shogun

The Zone

The Zone offers "free daily programs to promote healthy, balanced living to UCSD students," and "strives to help students learn new skills, build healthy relationships, discover resources, and adapt a healthy lifestyle."
Discover all the programs they offer - including financially savvy workshops and cooking demos - here, as well as the times these programs are offered.

Basic Needs Amenities at the Commuter Lounges

Eleanor Roosevelt (ERC) Commuter Lounge

A peaceful environment with study tables, long and comfy couches, a TV, lockers, refrigerator and sink, and gender neutral restrooms.
  • Location: Close to Gliderport parking

Marshall Commuter Lounge

The Marshall Commuter Lounge provides a microwave, refrigerator/freezer, study tables, and printer for students.

  • Location: Below Fireside Lounge, northeast of Geisel Library

Middle of Muir (M.O.M.)

Includes comfy couches, study tables, a microwave, and snacks and drinks for purchase.
  • Location: Attached to the Muir Woods Coffee Shop

Price Center Commuter Lounge

The Price Center Commuter Lounge offers a variety of amenities, including lockers, sofas and tables, power outlets, microwaves, and a kitchen with hot-water dispensers for tea and etc.
  • Location: Level 1 Price Center East, near Starbucks and Food Court

Revelle Commuter Lounge

Revelle Commuter Lounge includes a refrigerator and microwave, comfy couches and study tables, and computers and printer.
  • Location: Near 64 Degrees dining hall

Sixth College Commuter Lounge

Sixth College Commuter Lounge is only accessible to Sixth College students. It provides computers and study tables, along with armchairs, board games, and a TV. Additionally, there is a toaster, hot-water kettle, microwave, refrigerator, and lockers for rent.

  • Location: Near Pepper Canyon Hall

Warren Student Lounge

This student lounge provides a sink, hydration station, coffeemaker, power outlets, chairs, and tables.
  • Location: by the giant stone bear


This map shows various grocery stores in San Diego. They are color coded to represent their cost ($=green, $$=orange, $$$=red). All Estimated Times of Arrival (ETA) are from Gilman Transit Center. Click on the map to see more details. 

Affordable Grocery Stores

A helpful and convenient spreadsheet that outlines the location of nearby grocery stores and the affordability of each.

Campus Community Gardens

Many on campus community gardens allow students to learn how to grow and sustain their own food source.
  • The Village has an Edible Garden located at The Village West, next to the BBQ area
  • Roger’s Garden located at the Quarter acre south of the Che Cafe and East of the Wagner Dance Studios is the largest community garden.
    • Students can ask for plot if they wish to grow their own food
  • Once a quarter, the Ellie’s garden at ERC creates dishes with the produce that they grew that season.
  • Other community gardens include The Marshall Community Garden, The Ocean View growing grounds, Muir’s Half Moon Meadow and the Mesa Nueva Garden located at Graduate housing.

Feeding San Diego Food Distribution Map

Feeding San Diego works with hundreds of distribution partners to provide free food and resources to the community. This map shows the many food distribution locations near you.

Food Co-op

“A non-hierarchical, non-profit, student-owned, & student-run cooperative located on UCSD campus. Come by for cheap, healthy, vegan/vegetarian meals, sit in for a conversation, or start volunteering and/or get more involved!”

  • Hours: 10am - 2:30pm, Monday-Friday

Free Food UCSD App

There is now a free food notification system built into the UCSD app for students to sign up/receive notifications for free food available after large events.

Simply log into the app, go to settings, tap notifications, and turn on the free food notification.

General Store Co-op

“The General Store Co-op is a non-profit, student-run co-op designed to get students the best deals on food, supplies, and other great products. But we're more than just a store - come in and say hi, relax, play games, and study in a chill atmosphere.”

  • Hours of Operation:
    • Mon-Thu: 9am - 6pm
    • Fri: 9am - 5pm
    • Sat: 11am - 4pm
    • Closed Sundays

San Diego Food Bank

The Food Bank provides nutritious food to individuals and families in need in communities throughout San Diego County. This map shows the various food distribution locations near you.


Off Campus Housing

The off-campus housing website can help you find housing and connect you to other students looking for housing. It also has resources on what you need to know when looking for housing, and gives you the rundown on lease agreements. The website also has resources about commuting to and from campus wherever you find housing.

  • Sublet opportunities may be accessed on the button at the bottom right of this site.
  • Apartments and/or Roommate Searching help can be found here
  • Helpful resources for international students living in San Diego & the USA
  • This Facebook page serves as an unofficial community resource for students finding roommates. Not UC San Diego Affiliated.
  • HDH Local Apartments Flyer


Financial Aid Office

The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office provides "financial aid information for prospective undergraduates, continuing undergraduates, grad/professional students, parents, and veterans and their families."

Emergency Loans: Limited student Emergency Loan Funds are administered by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office and are loaned in small amounts to help students in critical short-term emergencies.

Budget Add-On Appeals: Students may request consideration of additional or higher expenses not included in the standard Cost of Attendance which could result in an increase to their current financial aid packages. More information about how to submit requests for the following expenses may be found at General Information and Instructions for Budget Add-Ons:
  • Books, Supplies, Tutorial Expenses
  • Child Care Expenses
  • Computer or course-related hardware/software/equipment
  • Rent and Utilities
  • Transportation

Financial Literacy – Get Fit. Get Fiscally Fit.

Visit websites, watch videos, and view other resources to learn financial life management skills with Financial Aid and Scholarships Office Financial Literacy Resources.

Student Legal Services

Student Legal Services (SLS) provides free, confidential counseling, education, and referrals on all types of legal matters to registered undergraduate, graduate, and professional UC San Diego students and student organizations, both individually and in group settings.”

  • Student Services Center (SSC), Room 527
  • Phone: (858) 534-4374
  • E-mail: