Self-Care, Life Balance, and Other Resources
Finding balance between competing life priorities – such as school, work, family, hobbies, and self-care – can be a challenge. To avoid burnout or excess stress, learn to set and enforce boundaries that are right for you and your particular life circumstances. The balance among your priorities can change from day to day, term to term, and year to year, so it is important to routinely evaluate your own needs and not compare your balance to that of others.
The GradPost Life Section
Browse the Life Section of The GradPost to find articles, resources, and information related to self-care and life balance.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Short-term individual counseling, group counseling, and relaxation rooms.
Graduate Student Association
Weekly bagel hour and monthly happy hour
Health and Wellness
Workshops, field trips, weekly wellness centers, and more.
Adventure programs, group fitness classes, intramural sports, and more.
Providing a range of health services including women’s health, urgent care, dental services, and eye exams. Schedule appointments online and find out more about Gaucho Insurance.
Non-Traditional Student Resource Center
Office committed to serving all students coming from diverse backgrounds and life situations, including those who took time off before going to school, are transferring at an age older than most students, have families, or are re-entering.
Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity
A safe and supportive environment for all students, staff, and faculty, emphasizing resources for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex (LGBTQI) community, as well as allies and those who are questioning their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Features resources, events, student organizations, and workshops.
CARE Advocate Office for Sexual and Gender Based Violence and Sexual Misconduct
Program dedicated to anticipating and responding to the needs of students impacted by stalking, dating/domestic violence, and sexual assault by providing confidential advocacy and support.
RESOURCES FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS WITH CHILDREN
UCSB Graduate Students with Children Facebook group
Discussion board, resource sharing, and meet-ups.
Non-Traditional Student Resource Center
Information, events, and resources for student parents.
UCSB Parenting Accommodation Policies
For Academic Accommodations and Employment Accommodations.
Childcare Reimbursement Program
Reimbursement up to $900 per quarter for Graduate Student Researchers (GSRs) and Academic Student Employees (ASEs).
Graduate Students Association Childcare Grant
Grants of up to $250+ are available to graduate students in quarters in which they have need.
Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
Graduate Student Researchers (GSRs) and Academic Student Employees (ASEs) are eligible to enroll in a flexible spending account for dependent care expenses.
Women’s Center Bridge over Troubled Waters Fund
The Women’s Center provides small emergency grants to women who are single student parents.
The Orfalea Family Children's Center, located on West Campus, and the University Children's Center, located in the Student Resource Building, provide childcare for student, staff, and faculty families. The Center offers tiered tuition rates as well as grants and scholarships for families with financial need.
Family Student Housing
Students with families can apply to live in one or two bedroom apartments located about a mile from the campus center.
Breastfeeding Support Program
Access to lactation rooms and breast pumps available to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars through Human Resources.
Children's Resource & Referral of Santa Barbara County
A local non-profit that can help locate appropriate and licensed child care.
Santa Barbara Preschool Directory (2013-14 version)
A free publication produced by the Santa Barbara Parents of Multiples club, providing an extensive listing of preschool and childcare options in Santa Barbara with information such as tuition rates, minimum age requirements, teaching ratio, and contact information.
The Pregnant Scholar
Online toolkit for university students, faculty, and administrators on pregnancy and parenting.
CAMPUS ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
Office of Student Life: List of All Student Organizations
UCSB Arts & Lectures
MultiCultural Center Events
Department of Theatre and Dance Events
Department of Music Events
Magic Lantern Films in Isla Vista
Carsey Wolf Center: Movies
Associated Students Program Board: Concerts, Films, and Other Events
Reduced-Price Movie and Attraction Tickets