Creating Your Community at UCSF

several grad students high-five one anotherHaving a supportive network is crucial for your success as a student and for your well-being.


If you're new to UCSF, don't wait to connect with other students who have similar interests. Whether you're excited about science communications, acapella singing, public health issues, or SCUBA diving, there's bound to be a registered campus organization (RCO) for you. You can even start one of your own.

Another great place to find community is the Diversity Hub. Tap into First Generation Support Services to meet other students who were the first in their families to go to college or get paired with a first gen mentor. Reach out to other LGBT students and allies, or connect with students who serve/d in the military. Interested in looking at health or science through a social justice lens? Stop by the Multicultural Resource Center for some stimulating conversation.

The International Students and Scholars Office isn't just about visa orientations — it's also about fun. Keep an eye out for their cultural-bridge-building events, like Virtual Trivia Night, Cooking Lunar New Year Dumplings, or making Valentines.

Nurture your inner leader and make new friends by participating in student government. There are branches of student government representing students in every school and the Graduate Division.

Finally, don't forget to have fun outside of the classroom! Take a walk in the city or a nearby park, or visit one of the Bay Area's many cultural attractions. (Some offer virtual visits.)


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many physical office locations at UCSF are temporarily closed or are operating on a reduced schedule; however, the student services you need are still available online. See a directory of student services websites.