Resources for Scholars: Health & Safety
If you are experiencing an emergency or are in serious danger please call 911.
This link takes you to the Garnett-Powers & Associates (GPA) UCB Visiting Scholar Benefit Plan Portal where you can enroll in required health insurance to support your stay, waive your coverage, as well as view insurance plans and benefits.
The CVS Walk-in Minute Clinics provide more affordable medical services that fall outside of what is covered under the UC Berkeley Garnett & Powers insurance coverage. The CVS Minute Clinic provides full price listing for all their services on their website and provides a search by zip code function so you can find your nearest Minute Clinic.
VSPA-appointed visiting scholars and student researchers and their spouses can access limited health care services at the Tang Center on a fee-for-service basis. To learn more, visit the University Health Services website.
Many resources surrounding health & safety can be found in the Berkeley International Office Arrival Guidebook under the "Take Care of Yourself" chapter, which includes information about local hospitals, counseling services, and dealing with cultural adjustment.
In general the campus will send safety updates, including detailed incident reports of crimes that have happened on or near the UC campus. These reports will go to your berkeley.edu email address; however, if you would like to receive text message updates as well, please make sure to sign up on the campus warn me site linked above.
Unlike in some other countries, many American cities are not as safe to navigate at night. Use the campus's general night safety tips to learn about how to stay vigilant at night, the campus Night Safety Shuttle and BearWalk Nightime Escort Service.