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Ashley Lukashevsky

Welcome to the Basic Needs Center!

We support 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 and work together towards justice and belonging for all.

What are Basic Needs (BN)?

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

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

We refuse to accept hunger, homelessness, and all other basic needs injustices as part of our university.

We believe in basic needs justice for all.

Come Visit Us!

entrance at the ASUC MLK Student Union


basic needs center lounge with chairs and mural


Zoom screenshot of smiling basic needs staff


**We are currently closed due to COVID-19. Our services are now provided remotely.**

The Basic Needs Center is a space for students to create community and access basic needs services.

Come speak to our staff about resources, hang out, grab some hygiene supplies, or see a drop-in advisor!

Hours: Monday - Friday from 10 am - 6 pm

Location: Lower level of ASUC MLK Jr. Student Union (BNorth), Suite 72 at 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley CA.