Free and affordable services available for CSUN students

    By Daily Sundial

    California State University, Northridge offers numerous services to students at little to no charge, including access to a health center, recreation center, child care, and discounts to amusement parks.

    Klotz Student Health Center
    The Klotz Student Health Center provides free basic health care services for current students. These include cold and flu care, annual physicals, care for injuries, immunizations, sexual reproductive health and laboratory tests and x-rays.

    Dental Clinic and Optometry, Complementary alternative medicine, dermatologists, physical therapy and the pharmacy are not free, but offered at reasonable cost.

    Alternative medicine services include acupuncture, chiropractic care and massage therapy. Costs range from $10 to $30.

    Senior Keilyn Robinson, a sociology major, takes advantage of the services and appreciates the convenient location.

    “I love that I can walk across campus to see a doctor and still make it to class on time,” Robinson said.

    Student Recreation Center
    The Student Recreation Center (SRC) offers free services to students and faculty. Guest passes are available for $10 a day.

    The SRC has an indoor rock climbing wall, track, basketball courts, soccer, equipment and exercising classes free for students to use.

    The basic group exercise classes include zumba, mat pilates, boxing and yoga.

    Towel rentals cost $1 per day, locker rentals cost $1 per day, intramural sports are $5 per semester, and Matty’s kids club are $2.50 per hour. Personal trainers are available at varying costs depending on the number of sessions desired.

    A.S. Ticket Office
    Students can receive discounts to theme parks, theaters and zoos, public transportation and campus events at the Associated Students (A.S.) Ticket Office

    Universal Studios tickets at the AS office cost $65 and Magic Mountain tickets cost $36.

    Students can purchase tickets to the San Diego Zoo for $36.50. Tickets to AMC and Pacific Theatres are $7.

    Transit passes for the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)/Metro and Antelope Valley Transit Authority, serving the cities of Palmdale, Lancaster and Northern Los Angeles County are also available to students at a discounted rate.

    Children’s Center
    Children’s Center is available for parents with children 18 months through 5 years old who need child care while they are in classes.

    The daily fee for a student parent is $6.62, while the weekly fee is $180.
    The rates include breakfast, lunch and dinner. Financial assistance is available for eligible families.

    Jennifer Orellana, office assistant at the center, said the center allows parents to continue their education knowing their children are well taken care of.

    Hours of operation during the semester are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    USU Computer Lab
    University Student Union (USU) Computer Lab is filled with computers and printers that students can use to complete assignments and search the web in between classes.

    The computer lab offers students Microsoft Office 2010, Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, scanners, and more. Every student is allowed to print up to 20 free pages a day at the lab.

    Career Center
    The Career Center is available to assist students in their search for employment and information regarding internships, creating or strengthening resumes, and tips to successful interviews.

    There are career events and job fairs for students to participate in on campus with many professionals from different fields.

    The career center also offers walk-in counseling sessions for students with questions regarding their majors or careers.

    EOP
    The Educational Opportunity Program provides academic and financial assistance to low-income undergraduate students needing admission assistance and support in college.

    While enrolled, EOP students have access to counseling, advising, mentoring and tutoring services offered by the program. Depending on eligibility and funding students admitted to EOP may receive a grant of $800 per year.

    Lillian Castellanos, a senior family consumer science major and EOP student, said she loves the free tutoring services, advisement, and guidance throughout college.

    “As an EOP student I also was able to start early on my college course as an incoming freshman,” said Castellanos.

    Learning Resource Center
    The Learning Resource Center provides programs that help students improve their academic performance in writing and critical thinking skills.

    It provides writing programs, exam preps and workshops, subject area tutoring lab and supplemental instruction.

    Tutoring labs offer live chat tutoring in science, math, physics, economics and philosophy.

    Disability Resource and Educational Services
    The Disability Resource and Educational Services (DRES)is a free service ensuring disabled students the opportunity to achieve their academic goals.

    Students have access to different learning support services or accommodations, such as taking exams at the DRES Office, counseling and advisement, registration assistance, accessible classroom furniture and more.

    This service offers career assistance that prepares students for job and internship interviews, assistance with building an resume and cover letter, and basic computer skills.

    Nicole Lima, a students care professional at DRES, said the services provide an even playing field for disabled students.

    “Students with disabilities are a population of the school and deserve to be accommodated,” said Lima.

    University Counseling Services
    University Counseling Services (UCS) provides free services for students with psychological obstacles that may interfere with their academic performance.

    There are many services offered from individual, group and couples counseling to psychiatric consulting and urgent care assistance. For couples counseling, only one needs to be a CSUN student.

    UCS also offers therapy groups and workshops to students. These focus on first year college experiences, gay and lesbian support, loving your body and career development.

    Mark Stevens, director of UCS, said the main goal is providing students with the best college experience.

    “Counseling service is a necessary service for students and I feel very good about what we offer to help students succeed academically inside classes and emotionally outside of classes,” said Stevens.

    Contact Information
    – Klotz Health Center: (818) 677-3666
    – Student Recreation Center: (818) 677-5434
    – A.S. Ticket Office: (818) 677-2488
    – Children’s Center: (818) 677-2012
    – USU Computer Lab: (818) 677-5746
    – Career Center: (818) 677-2878
    – Educational Opportunity Program: (818) 677-4151
    – Learning Resource Center: (818) 677-2033
    – Disability Resource and Educational Services: (818) 677-2684
    – University Counseling Services: (818) 677-2366