Wellness: Finding Your Balance

student balancing on skateboardYour health always has to take priority. Pay attention to your physical and mental well-being, no matter how many demands there are on your time as a student.


Job #1 is to familiarize yourself with Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS), an outpatient center designed to address all aspects of health – with medical, mental health, wellness, and health education – all under one roof. SHCS provides both primary and mental health care to all registered UCSF students.

Across the ten-campus UC system, enrollees in the University of California Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) are covered for the medical, mental health, dental, vision, prescription and travel insurance benefits provided by the plan.

Over the years, SHCS has offered a number of workshops and events for students, exploring a broad range of topics such as nutrition, mindfulness, adjusting to academic life at UCSF, and more. See the workshop archive or, for now, the stay-home wellness resources on offer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UCSF's two fitness centers have also been forced to close during the pandemic, and Fitness and Recreation's normally robust schedule of activities and outdoor programs has ground to a halt too. For the moment, be sure to check out the virtual events you can attend. You can even stream many workouts online and work up a good sweat at home.

As social animals, people rely on one another for their well-being. Don't go it alone! Need suggestions for building your community at UCSF?

By the way, your mom just called. She wants to make sure you're eating right and suggests you try some of these recipes.


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 UCSF student services websites.