The security and police officers peppered all over campus make UCR students feel safe and secure. The farther away from UCR, the less safe it becomes, especially certain spots of downtown Riverside. Students are encouraged to travel in groups, both on and off campus. The Campus Safety Escort Service periodically leads “safety walks” that indicate safe areas in which to walk at night and also those that need improvement. Personal escorts are available for anyone who needs them, and virtually at any time, thanks to the emergency call-boxes (ECBs) strategically placed around UCR. Some ECBs contact only the escort service, but blue emergency lines with “call buttons” connect directly to the on-campus police department. Most of this concern is directed toward nighttime activity, but no matter the time of day or week, security measures are ever-present and of top quality.
The health center is a bit off the beaten path, as it's located away from the main classrooms; fortunately, the services it offers are anything but second-rate. Traveling, women's health, and preventive care information is available, and the medical services include those of the dental, optical, pharmaceutical, and laboratory variety. Flu shots are even offered during term, as well as counselors for mental health. The fees are reasonable, though those enrolled in a student health insurance plan have services rendered at either free or discounted amounts.