UCSC Pharmacy

Hours, Location & Contact

Hours: See Hours and Location

Location: Student Health Center, East Wing 1st floor, on McLaughlin Drive across from Colleges 9 and 10.

Email: Send us a secure message through Health e-Messenger.

Direct Pharmacy Phone: (831) 459-2360

Prescription Refill Line: (831) 459-1546 (Physicians, please use the direct line for new prescriptions. We accept electronic prescriptions.)

Fax: (831) 459-3564


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Prescriptions for UC SHIP Students
Over-the-Counter Health Supplies for All Students and Staff
Text Reminders

Prescriptions for UC SHIP Students

If you have UC SHIP, the UCSC Student Health Center Pharmacy can refill prescriptions, fill new prescriptions, or transfer prescriptions to another pharmacy. The UCSC Pharmacy has the lowest prescription copays for students with UC SHIP. Our pharmacists can work with an off-campus pharmacy to transfer your prescriptions to the Student Health Center Pharmacy.

Prescription Refills

To reorder, choose one of these three options:

  • Use Health e-Messenger to request a refill. Go to Messages<New Messages<Prescription Refill Request and complete the form.
  • Call our Prescription Refill line at (831) 459-1546.
  • Come to the pharmacy window with your prescription.
  • You may be able to get more than one refill at a time if you have more allowed refills left.

Prescription Transfers and Off-Campus Prescription Refills

We will need your student ID number, date of birth, phone number, the name and phone number of your current pharmacy, the medication’s name, and your prescription number.

  • Transferring to the UCSC Pharmacy: Contact our pharmacy (831) 459-2360.
  • Transferring from UCSC to another pharmacy: If the UCSC Pharmacy filled your prescriptions, you can get them refilled at any pharmacy that accepts Optum PBM (UC SHIP's pharmacy benefits program). This includes Safeway, Walgreens, CVS, RiteAid, and most independent pharmacies. Ask your pharmacy to call us at (831) 459-2360. We will transfer all of your remaining refills. If you have no refills left, we can contact your clinician for a new prescription. 

Prescription Pick-Up

Prescriptions are typically available for pickup within 48 hours. We can text message you when your prescription is ready for pick up. If you want someone else to pick up your prescription for you, contact us.


Contraceptives including pills, patches, rings, injections, diaphragms, IUDs, and implantable products require a prescription. You can order birth control pills online from the UCSC Student Health Center without seeing a healthcare provider.

Emergency contraception is available without a prescription at the Pharmacy. Other non-prescription contraceptives (condoms and other safer sex supplies) are available at SHOP's Condom Co-op and at the Pharmacy.

Read our Contraception FAQs to learn about what to do if you experience side effects, forget to take a pill, run out of pills, or want to use emergency contraception.

Over-the-Counter Health Supplies for All Students and Staff

All students, staff, and faculty are welcome to purchase these items from the Pharmacy:

  • Over-the-counter medications (OTC's) and health supplies: Fill your medicine cabinet with reasonably priced first aid supplies, allergy medication, hygiene items, etc. See the Pharmacy's OTC products (inventory and prices can change).
  • Integrative/herbal remedies: Need honey for your cough or valerian to help you sleep? Our pharmacists are knowledgeable about evidence-based herbal, holistic, and integrative remedies. See our Integrative/Herbal Remedies Database to learn more about science-backed remedies.
  • Safe disposal of unused medications and sharps: The UCSC Student Health Center Pharmacy now has for safe and free disposal for your unused and expired medications as well as household sharps (in approved sharps containers). Learn where to drop off your meds and sharps.
  • Naloxone nasal for use in opioid overdose (students only): We provide naloxone nasal kits for opioid overdoses. Always call 911 for suspected opioid overdoses! Learn how to get and use Naloxone kits.
  • Safe-sex supplies: The Pharmacy sells condoms, lube, and other safer-sex supplies in partnership with SHOP's Condom Co-op.

Text Reminders

Get text messages to remind you about upcoming appointments, prescription refills to pick up, and secure messages from the Student Health Center. All you need to do is add your cell phone number to Health e-Messenger.

  1. Go to Health e-Messenger and log in with your CruzID and your gold password.
  2. Click Profile and scroll down to Mobile Phone.
  3. Click Edit. Add your phone number and cell phone carrier.

Fees & Insurance

The UCSC Pharmacy only accepts the University of California Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP). Most prescriptions have a copay:

  • $0 for contraceptives
  • $5 for generic prescriptions
  • $25 for brand-name prescriptions
  • $40 for non-formulary products

If you don't have UC SHIP, we can help you choose an off-campus pharmacy that accepts your insurance. You can also purchase your prescription through us and we will give you an itemized receipt for reimbursement through your private insurance company.

We accept cash, check, VISA/MASTERCARD, Apple Pay, and can also bill directly to your student account.

Unforunately we cannot accept Medi-Cal, but we can help you choose a pharmacy that does.

Please also see our fee disclaimer.


Your Optum RX Formulary: Covered Medications for Optum RX, UC SHIP’s Pharmacy Benefits plan