Basic Needs Department
Welcome to UC Riverside’s Basic Needs Department, a place where students can connect with essential resources that make college life easier. If you are experiencing basic needs challenges, such as food insecurity, housing displacement/homelessness, or financial crisis, we encourage you to reach out to us for assistance.
Every day, Highlanders just like you (both undergraduate and graduate students) take advantage of available resources like the R’Pantry — for food, hygiene products, and childcare items. In addition, we offer currently enrolled students emergency housing assistance, application assistance for CalFresh, and emergency grant support through our Economic Crisis Response Team. We look forward to connecting with you soon.
Learn more about the Basic Needs programs currently offered to any currently enrolled Highlander that needs them. Check eligibility, find contacts, and get instructions on how to request services.
Basic Needs appreciates your donations. A financial donation to the Basic Needs Department provides direct support to students experiencing basic needs insecurity. This includes emergency housing support and grant assistance for students who are unable to afford utilities, groceries, or Wi-Fi for online courses. Donate funds to Basic Needs or donate items (food, hygiene products, and childcare items) to the R’Pantry.