Basic Needs Security

Basic Needs Center

The Basic Needs Center supports with all the essential resources needed to not only survive, but thrive here at UC Berkeley. Whether you’re a graduate student, undergraduate student, staff, or faculty, our mission is to support you as we work together towards justice and belonging for all.

Basic Needs as the essential resources that impact your holistic health, belonging, persistence, and overall well-being. It is an interconnected ecosystem that includes:

  • Nutritious Food
  • Stable Housing
  • Hygiene
  • Transportation
  • Healthcare
  • Mental Wellness
  • Financial Sustainability
  • Sleep
  • Emergency Needs for Students with Dependents

As such, we refuse to accept hunger, homelessness, and all other basic needs injustices as part of our university and community. Find resources at

Staff Basic Needs

For a comprehensive list of Basic Needs Resources aimed at UC Berkeley employees, see

In 2018 the Berkeley Food Institute established the Staff Basic Needs Working Group (SBNWG), which advocates for food, housing, and economic resources for UC Berkeley’s staff, postdocs, and visiting researchers. We work to make the UC Berkeley Basic Needs Center programming accessible to all employees, and provide targeted outreach and services for Berkeley’s most vulnerable staff populations. We also research, innovate, advocate, and engage in coalition building to lead systemic changes to improve the basic needs security of the University’s employees. The Staff Basic Needs Working Group is a volunteer committee.

Contact the Staff Basic Needs Working Group at