Part of student success depends on good health and well being. Here are a few avenues for finding resources to help along the way.
In addition to many hiking and cycling trails throughout the bay area, GTU students have access to discounts at a few local gyms.
UC Berkeley Rec Club
Memberships for GTU Students, Faculty and Staff
As a student, faculty, or staff member of the GTU you are welcome to join the Cal Rec Club (CRC), the Recreational Sports Facility's (RSF) membership program. The CRC Membership Office is located at 2301 Bancroft Way. For more information and office hours, visit the UC Berkeley Recsports site or call 510/642-7796.
Cal Rec Club Membership Benefits
- Cybex Weight Machines and Complete Free Weights
- Complimentary Day Use of Lockers
- StairMasters, Treadmills, Concept II Rowing Machines
- Handball, Racquetball, Squash Courts
- Precor Elliptical Trainers, LifeCycles
- Court and Field Reservation Services
- Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, Table Tennis
- Newly Renovated Outdoor Track
- Weekend Orientations to Fitness Equipment
- Tennis Courts in Several Campus Locations
- Equipment Rentals and Pro Shop
- Towel Service
- Free CAL Aerobics classes including yoga, step, Tai Chi, etc.
- Swimming at Spieker, Hearst, Golden Bear and Strawberry Canyon Pools
The Department of Recreational Sports also offers discounts in the following programs: One-On-One Fitness Training (available for an extra fee), Intramural Sports, Sports Clubs, instructional classes and services with Cal FIT, Cal Massage Therapy, and outdoor activities with Cal Adventures.
Enrollment & Fees
Fees: for 2017-2018
GTU Students $200/semester $200/summer*
CRC memberships are sold at the RSF Cashier's office, 2301 Bancroft. Memberships are sold by semester, prorating is not available. To join, students must present a photo ID and a GTU ID card with a current sticker.
* The summer Rec Club period runs from the end of the spring semester to the beginning of the fall semester.
YMCA, Downtown Berkeley
2001 Allston Way, Berkeley 510-848-9622
GTU students are offered a discount membership rate of $35.20 per month with no enrollment fee and no contract. Bring your student ID card to sign up, renewable as long as the student remains enrolled at GTU.
Most people are required by law to have health insurance, and the GTU encourages all students to maintain coverage. Covered California is the state’s health insurance marketplace, and many students will qualify for a subsidy for the plan that works best for them. Students can also apply directly for individual coverage with insurance companies such as Kaiser or Blue Shield.
GTU students can also gain the assistance of a licensed broker with Rockridge Health Benefits, Jonathan Greer, who is available to provide guidance based on your situation. There is no fee for his help. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 510-547-7123.
International students can also investigate options with https://www.isoa.org/ or https://www.internationalstudentinsurance.com/student-health-insurance/
For more information, contact GTU Dean of Students, Kathleen Kook. Students affiliated with a member school for their academic program will want to check with the student affairs office of that school for further
UCB Optometry Clinic
The University of California Berkeley School of Optometry (UCBSO) and its Meredith W. Morgan Eye Center provide comprehensive eye care to members of the Berkeley campus and the local community.
The center is a premiere optometric teaching institution. From routine eye exams and complete contact lens care, to pediatric optometry and the diagnosis and treatment of ocular health problems, the Meredith W. Morgan Eye Center offers the care of the best medical teams with unsurpassed academic and research expertise.
The Eyewear Center offers a full-range of services from adjustments and repairs to custom lenses and tints. With over 3,000 different frames to choose from, the Eyewear Center can meet your needs.
LifeLong offers a sliding scale for low income patients based on family size and income. They are a nonprofit aiming to make care accessible.
1860 Alcatraz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703
Phone: (510) 280-6080
For emergencies, one local option is Campus Dental Care,
2136 University Avenue
Berkeley, California 94704
Mental Health Resources
The GTU is not providing list of counseling centers below as endorsements but as a starting place to begin your search for a counselor who meets your needs and desires. Since cost is an issue to most students, note that a number of the centers listed here provide affordable sliding scale fees. Please contact the center for more information.
First session is for free. Interns provide sliding scale fees. Individual, couples, child, teen, and group therapy available. 1221 Marin Ave, Berkeley, CA. 510-527-2100.
The Interfaith Counseling Center offers a variety of services to promote healing, growth and wholeness of individuals, couples and families. Members of our staff are Certified Pastoral Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychologists and Spiritual Directors. People of any or no religious persuasion are welcome. 415-256-9701
Sliding scale fees available. 2501 Harrison St, Oakland, CA. 510-444-3344x2501
Offers a variety of services on a sliding-fee scale. 2205 Tolman Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA. 510-642-2055.
The Mental Health Division provides a range of community-based mental health services to Berkeley and Albany residents. They work with people in clinics, in schools, in homes, on the street or in shelters, and in a variety of other settings, to help:
- people in crisis;
- children, teens, and families experiencing emotional difficulties;
- people with serious mental illnesses and disabilities; and
- others who are in need of mental health or related social services.
Staff come from many different cultural backgrounds, offer services in different languages, and strive to address the diverse needs of the local community. The staff includes licensed mental health professionals, case managers, psychiatrists, nurses, and peer counselors.
2484 Shattuck Avenue, Ste. 210
Berkeley, CA 94704
Main: (510) 704-7475
JFCS East Bay promotes the well-being of individuals and families by providing essential mental health and social services through every stage of life.
Individual, couples, and family therapy. Sliding scale available. 1749 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA. 510-841-8484
Individual and couples therapy. 2232 Carleton St, Berkeley, CA. 510-548-2250
Individual, Teens, Couples, Families. Sliding scale available. 3101 Telegraph Ave, Berkeley, CA. 510-649-9818
Individual, Couples, and Family Therapy. Sliding scale available. Call for info.
Addison Street 510-548-9716
AND Parker Street, Berkeley, CA. 510-486-8998