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*NYC Location-Specific Resources:

  • ACCESS HRA NYC: You can apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Program at a069-access.nyc.gov/accesshra. SNAP provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of families in need.
  • Fair Fares NYC: This program allows eligible New York City residents to receive a 50% discount on subway and eligible bus fares. Find more info at a069-access.nyc.gov/accesshra/fairfares.
  • Food Help NYC: You can get food today from New York City’s food pantries, which provide hot meals and groceries you can cook at home. Food pantries and community kitchens are located throughout the five boroughs. Find a food pantry or kitchen at maps.nyc.gov/foodhelp.
  • New York Public Library: Anyone who lives in NYS is eligible for a free NYPL membership. Visit nypl.org/library-card to sign up. NYPL holds more than 55 million items, from books, e-books, and DVDs to renowned research collections used by scholars from around the world.
  • NYC Domestic Violence Hotline: Call NYC's 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-621-4673.

Food and Housing Services:

  • Food Pantries for the Capitol District: If you’re located near Albany, visit thefoodpantries.org/find-help-here to find food pantries near you.
  • Housing Registry: Need help finding off-campus housing? Visit albany.edu/housing/offcampus which includes apartments and rooms for rent, as well as a roommate registry. For more info, call the Office of Residential Life at 518-442-5875 or visit reslife@albany.edu.
  • Purple Pantry: Pre-packaged bags of 4 days of food can be picked up in the lobby of the University Police Department building. You must show your UAlbany ID. 518-442-3132 will ring into University Police. Learn more at albany.edu/purplepantry.



Academic and Career Services:

  • A+ Online Tutoring: This UAlbany service is available virtually. Email aplus@albany.edu to set up an online tutoring session. Learn more at albany.edu/ascplus.
  • Academic Coaching: Need help with your academics? Email Barbara Brown at bbrown1@albany.edu to set up an online academic coaching session.
  • Career Assistance: Ready to apply for jobs? Contact the Office of Career and Professional Development at career@albany.edu for job-search assistance, resume workshops, and interview coaching. Learn more at albany.edu/career.
  • Dean of Students: The UA Dean of Students serves as a central resource for students navigating complex issues, like COVID-19. Contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 518-442-5501 or dos@albany.edu. Learn more at albany.edu/dos/about.
  • Free e-books: Visit studentresponse.redshelf.com for access to free e-books and e-textbooks online, up to 7 per person. You can also try bookshelf.vitalsource.com.
  • Free Wi-Fi: Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. To subscribe, call 844-488-8395.
  • STAR NY: STAR is a free online tutoring service offered through SUNY. Visit STAR online at starny.org/tutoring_schedule.
  • UA Librarians: Find a subject librarian at library.albany.edu/find-a-subject-librarian to assist you in your research process, locating resources, evaluating information, and doing your best on your project. Visit the University Libraries online at library.albany.edu for more info and resources.

Health and Wellness Services:

  • Advocacy Center for Sexual Violence: This center provides a safe environment for UA students to receive support and advocacy services in the aftermath of sexual violence. Contact the center at 518-442-2273 or cstenger@albany.edu. Find more info at albany.edu/advocacycenter.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services: These are stressful and uncertain times. Got some feelings you need to work through? Set up a teleconsultation at consultation@albany.edu or 518-442-5800. Learn more at albany.edu/counseling_center. Also, here’s the Guide for Mental Health During Covid-19.
  • Gender and Sexuality Resource Center: The GSRC supports UA LGBTQ* students. Contact the office at 518-442-5015 or GSRC@albany.edu. Learn more at albany.edu/lgbt.
  • Multicultural Resource Center: This center is a resource for UA students looking for information regarding diversity and inclusion. Call 518-442-2590 or email mrc@alban.edu. Learn more at albany.edu/multicultural/mrc.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: Call the national hotline 24/7 at 800-799-7233. It's available in more than 200 languages.
  • NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline: 844-863-9314
  • Office of Equity and Compliance: This office is open virtually to accept and investigate any Title IX sexual violence complaints. Contact them at 518-442-3800 or oec@albany.edu. Learn more at albany.edu/equity-compliance.
  • Student Health Services: This UA office, now operating virtually, provides compassionate, student-centered, quality health care. Call 518-442-5454 for assistance. Call 518-956-8419 to schedule a telemedicine appointment with a clinician. Find more info at albany.edu/health_center.



Digital Freelancing Resources:

Financial and Legal Services:

  • Student Emergency Fund: The UA Student Emergency Fund provides grants for University at Albany students to pay for urgent expenses triggered by unforeseen events (like COVID-19) that threaten their ability to stay in college. Learn more at albany.edu/studentaffairs/emergencyfund. Contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at 518-956-8140 or vpsa@albany.edu.
  • Student Financial Services: This office can provide assistance with billing and payment. Contact them at 518-442-3202 or sfs@albany.edu.
  • Student Legal Services: This resource, funded through the Student Association, provides legal assistance to eligible University at Albany undergraduates. Call Joseph Zumbo at 518-442-5654. Learn more at albany.edu/studentassociation/legalservices.
  • Unemployment Benefits: An employee whose hours have been reduced is eligible to apply for unemployment insurance from the State, regardless of whether the employer intends to reopen in the future. Learn more at nyc.gov/assets/em/downloads/pdf/coronavirus/covid-19-unemployment-health-insurance.

Social Wellness Resources:

  • Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery: You've received your acceptance letter to Hogwarts! Download the mobile app at harrypotterhogwartsmystery.com to start designing your avatar and getting ready to attend the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
  • Jackbox Games: Take your virtual gaming to the next level with fun interactive games you can share with friends, like Murder Trivia Party and Quiplash. Save money by purchasing a party pack. Go to jackboxgames.com.
  • Netflix Party: You can still watch TV with your friends while distancing yourselves physically. Download the Google Chrome extension at netflixparty.com, log into your Netflix account, and then click the "NP" icon in your toolbar to start broadcasting your session. Share the link with friends, so you can watch and chat at the same time.
  • Videochat w/ Zoom: Go to albany.zoom.us to login and download Zoom. Your UAlbany NET ID and password get you special features. You aren't limited to 40-minute sessions, and you can video chat with multiple participants. You can also share your browser, an application, or your entire screen with participants, and you can use a white board as well. This makes Zoom great for socializing and playing games with friends.
  • Virtual Chess: Play chess with a friend by sending them a private link to lichess.org. You can customize your board and chess pieces, and you can also play back your game to analyze your strategies. You can, of course, video chat while playing as well.
  • Virtual Pictionary: Use the Zoom whiteboard feature to play pictionary while video chatting. Visit randomwordgenerator.com/pictionary for drawing inspiration.
  • Virtual Trivia: Host a virtual trivia night over Zoom using trivia lists from funtrivia.com.



Got a resource to share?

Send it to Charlene at cmartoni@albany.edu.


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