External Resources

Berkeley City College understands that students are currently facing struggles due to the COVID-19. We have compiled a list of resources that is available to all students. 

For updates and to obtain information about COVID-19, please visit the California Department of Public Health website at cdph.ca.gov/covid19.


  • VitalSource – list of publishers offering free textbooks
  • Z Library – offers free e-textbooks and e-books 


  • UHaul Storage for College Students – UHaul is extending college students 30 days of free self-storage at U-Haul-owned and -operated facilities.  Note: Students should create an account at Collegeboxes.com to initiate an order.
  • PG&E Payment Moratorium – the company is placing a moratorium on service disconnections for non-payment.  Note: contact (415) 973-5930 for questions
  • Hand Washing Pit Stops – this map was developed by the SF Department of Homelessness to displays Pit Stops and Hand Washing Stations to support hand hygiene and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Pit Stops include toilets, sinks, needle disposal, and dog waste stations.
  • Free Childcare & HW help in SF – the San Francisco Public Library is opening libraries and indoor recreation facilities as emergency care facilities for children of parents on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak and low-income families.  Academic support is available.


  • Alameda County Community Food Bank – the food bank is committed to helping anyone in need of food to access food distributions, groceries, etc. during the shelter in place.  Note: an application process is required.
  • Food Pantry Search Tool – FoodNow.net is a food search tool that helps families in need find local food pantries in Alameda.
    • Nourish Wellness – offers a list of food banks and pantries with contact info.
  • OUSD – the Oakland school district offers a list of free meals available during school closures.
  • AUSD – the Alameda school district also offers free meals during school closures to families in need.
  • BUSD – the Berkeley school district is offering meals, resources, and advice to the community affected by school closures.
  • WCCUSD – the West Contra Costa school district has a list of meal distribution places available to the community. 
  • SFUSD – the San Francisco school district has a list of locations where minors can receive free meals during school closures


  • Advice Nurse Lines:
    • Contra Costa Health Plan:  1-877-661-6230 (select Option 1)
    • Anthem Blue Cross: 1-800-224-0336
    • Kaiser Permanente: 1-866-454-8855
    • Alameda Alliance for Health: 1-888-433-1876 (select Option 2)
    • COVID-19 Hotline: 415-473-7191
  • Free Medication Delivery – CVS

Mental Health/Recovery

  • Immigrants Rising – virtual wellness gatherings hosting psychologists, coaches, and traditional healers.
  • Smart Recovery – free online forums for community support.
  • Women for Sobriety – support group for women struggling with substance abuse.
  • Define American – Define American’s 19 Ways to Stay Positive and Engaged During a Pandemic
  • Lifering – support group for individuals struggling with substance abuse.
  • Soberistas – provides a platform with a worldwide community to help individuals struggling with substance abuse.
  • Miracles in Progress Online – they offer multiple programs and forums for people struggling with issues such as family issues, substance abuse, relationships, and more.
  • Harm Reduction for Alcohol – HAMS is a peer-led and free-of-charge support and informational group for anyone who wants to change their drinking habits for the better.
  • Linked – offers support to families of those seeking recovery from substance misuse.  This app provides multiple resources such as meetings, educational content, and more.
  • AA Online Intergroup – is a fellowship of people who share their experience and who support each other to recover from alcoholism.
  • Marijuana Anonymous – a support group that helps individuals struggling with marijuana addiction.
  • Other available apps:


  • AT&T Oakland Promise Emergency Support Application Spring 2020 The AT&T is offering scholarships to eligible students for the spring 2020 semester. AT&T scholarships are to assist students with the cost of their books, classes, housing, tools and supplies needed to further their education.

    $34,000 in Emergency Support is Available

    ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Spring 2020 semester, students must;

    • be enrolled full-time in a Peralta College (Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, Merritt College);
    • have completed a Student Educational Plan with a counselor; and
    • reside in Alameda County
    • have achieved a cumulative 2.5 GPA
    • have demonstrated financial need


  • Comcast/Xfinity – Comcast is offering free access to the Internet for 60 days.
  • Charter Communications – is also offering free Internet access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students.
  • Adobe Products – Adobe is offering free access to their products for students and other customers until May.
  • AT&T Low Cost Wifi Access  – AT&T is providing free to low cost Internet access.


  • AC Transit – free of charge until further notice

Undocumented Student Resources


If you need further assistance, please don’t hesitate to connect with us.