What do I do if
I don’t feel well? Download a PDF version.
If you start
feeling sick, you should slow down and focus on taking care of yourself. Being
sick while you are away at college is different than being sick back at
home. In college, you have many responsibilities and obligations
that need to be addressed while you are not feeling well. If you
live on-campus, there are a number of resources to support you while you get
back on your feet.
Tips To Get You
- Get plenty of
rest. By resting, you give your immune
system a fighting chance.
- Sleep more. Try
to be in bed a little earlier than normal.
Taking naps during the day is also a way of getting more sleep.
- Eat healthy and
drink lots of water. Adding more fruits
and juices to your diet will provide you with the needed vitamins and minerals to
help you get over whatever it is ailing you faster.
- Ask your friend
or your roommate to get you a box lunch from Bon Appetit if you have the meal
- Visit the USF
Student Health Clinic. SHC is open
during business hours and located at St. Mary’s Medical Center on the Second
Floor. Call 415.750.4980 to schedule
your same day appointment. Make sure you take your student ID card and health
insurance card with you.
- Contact your
professor. If you think you have to miss
a class, email your professors to give them a heads-up.
- Contact your
academic advisor if you are missing too many classes and your academics are
- Contact your
classmates/friends to get their class notes so you can stay up to date on your
- Check in with
your RA or RD and let them know that you are not feeling well.
- Be a good
citizen. If you are sick it is important
to try not to spread your illness and be considerate of the people on your
floor. To prevent germs from spreading:
- Stay in your
- Wash your hands
- Don’t share
cups, towels, or any personal items
- Cough or sneeze
in the crook of your elbow
- Wash your
sheets, pillowcases, blankets, and bath towels because when you're sick, those
germs get caught in fabrics. Continuing to put your face on those germ-infested
fabrics will keep you sick longer!
USF Student Health Services
St. Mary's Office
2250 Hayes Street, 3rd Floor.
Appointments: (415) 750-5995
Saint Francis Office at the Ballpark
24 Willie Mays Plaza.
Appointments: (415) 972-2249
UC, Fifth Floor, (415) 422-5797
Health promotion staff can assist you in finding a doctor, health insurance
questions, and your general well being.
Academic and Student Achievement (CASA)
UC, 3rd Floor, (415) 422-5050
CASA academic advisers can connect you to academic programs and personal
resources on campus designed to support, promote, and encourage your success.
People with hearing loss can use ip-relay.com to call and speak with an advice nurse using their computer.
insurance plans provide a free advice nurse hotline. Check your insurance card for your toll free
number. Here is a short list:
556-1555 TDD: (800)
Cross: (800) 224-0336 TDD: (800)
Permanente: (415) 833-2200 TDD: (650) 742-2253
(877) 304-0504 TDD: (800) 794-1099
(800) 675-6110 TDD: (800) 995-0852
West: (800) 564-9286