To take advantage of special Cal Connection (access or discounts to campus services and departments) arranged by UCBRC, you must use a retiree ID card that identifies you as retired staff, retired faculty or their surviving spouse or partner. Request a Retiree ID card by calling (510) 642-5461 or emailing email@example.com.
Using the Library during COVID-19
During the pandemic, many of the library services are being offered in new ways. To find the latest information on course reserves, book returns, 24/7 online help, and more, visit the Library COVID-19 portal, which provides up-to-date information.
Retirees may obtain a library card during the shelter in place by:
- Obtain a retiree ID card from the UC Berkeley Retirement Center.
- Send a photo of your retiree ID card, full name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org to initiate a library account.
- Remote access to licensed electronic resources such as journals and databases is available with this card.
20/20 Vision Plan at University Eye Center
As a retiree you and your designated beneficiary are eligible for the 20/20 Vision Plan. Receive 20% off of all services including exams and ophthalmic materials (such as spectacles, contact lenses, or low vision devices) when you present your retiree ID.
As a member of the plan you also receive a complimentary glasses case when spectacles are dispensed. Parking is $3 for three hours for all patients. For more information, please visit https://eyecare.berkeley.edu/. To make an appointment, please call (510) 642-2020. Be sure to identify yourself as a 20/20 Vision Plan member. *Where applicable, insurance will be billed first.
UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
Enjoy free admission to the BAMPFA Galleries with your retiree ID. BAMPFA also offers retiree cardholders the UCB faculty and staff rate of $8.00 for BAMPFA film programs (not valid for special programs). Find out more online: http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/.
Cal Athletics Season Tickets at Staff Rates
Receive the staff rate on all season-ticket purchases for intercollegiate athletic sports, including Football, Men’sBasketball, Women’s Basketball and Women's Volleyball. Offer not valid for individual game tickets. Call the Athletic Ticket Office (800) GO-BEARS for details.
Retirees enjoy a $5 discount on most performances (Special Events and Exclusive Engagements excluded). Season brochures are available at the Cal Performances Ticket Office in Zellerbach Hall or by calling 510-642-9988. For more information and performance locations visit http://www.calperformances.org.
Note: Discounts will only be available for in-person or charge-by-phone sales. This discount is limited to one ticket per retiree per event; cannot be combined with other discounts; is not retroactive; and all sales are final. Retiree ID card required at the door. To order tickets, call Cal Performances at 510-642-9988.
Cal Student Store Discount
The Cal Student store will honor a 10% discount to retirees who show their retiree ID card on Clothing and Gift items (not including graduation items or text books basically). See what's available at the Cal Student Store's website.
Music Department Discount
The Department of Music is delighted to offer you the same discount on events that it offers to current staff and other special categories. Unless otherwise noted, tickets to weekend and evening concerts will be $12 (regularly $16) with your retiree ID card. Concerts include performances by the University Symphony Orchestra, University Chorus and Chamber Chorus, Indonesian Gamelan, University Wind Ensemble and the University Gospel Chorus as well as by other groups. Noon concerts and some special events are free to the general public, and retirees can avail themselves of these as well. See concert schedules at http://music.berkeley.edu.
UC Press Discount
University of California Press is pleased to offer our retirees a 30% discount on books ordered online. To get the discount, place your order online at http://www.ucpress.edu and enter the code 15W2181 in the discount code box in the online shopping cart. This discount does not apply to e-books.
First-time UC subscribers can receive a special subscription rate for the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter by accessing the online form. 12 Issues for $15 which is more than 50% of the basic price of 12 issues for $39. To subscribe go to: https://secure.berkeleywellness.com/subscribe/default1.html.
UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
Retirees of UCB, LBNL and UCOP can receive a discounted Affiliate Membership to the garden with Retiree ID card. Affiliate memberships are discounted from the regular rate, $50 for an individual and $70 for a family membership.
UCB Family – $70 one year / $135 two year
- Unlimited free admission for two specified adults (two cardholders) and up to four children under age 18 during regular Garden hours
- Four free one-time guest passes (for general admission only)
- Members-only events and tours
- Exclusive mailings of the annual Garden Newsletter
- Discounts on classes, workshops, and concerts
- 10% discount in The Garden Shop and Plant Deck
- Reciprocal privileges with nearly 300 gardens, arboreta and conservatories throughout North America and the Cayman Islands
- 100% tax deductible and much more!
Cal Rec Club
Those on retiree status may join the Cal Rec Club for $470 per year, or $42 per month (4-month minimum commitment). The Cal Rec Club offers memberships to UC Berkeley retirees, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the community. Spouses of students and faculty/staff members are also eligible. They also offer short-term memberships such as day passes.
The Faculty Club
The Faculty Club is pleased to offer you membership at the Professor Emeritus rate of $18 per month upon presentation of your retiree ID card. Call the Faculty Club at 510-540-5678 for more information.
MetLife Auto & Home®
UC Berkeley is excited to partner with MetLife Auto & Home®. One of the nation’s leading personal lines insurance groups, MetLife Auto & Home is pleased to provide UC Berkeley retirees with access to MetLife Choice®, a powerful tool designed to help you shop, compare and save on auto, home and renters insurance. With MetLife Choice, you can quickly and easily obtain multiple personalized quotes from a variety of highly rated insurance carriers so you can choose the best coverage for your specific needs. Learn more by calling 866-700-3113 or https://metlifechoice.com/ucbemployees.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute @ Berkeley
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI @Berkeley), an association of adults age 50 and above, offers courses, lectures, and special events. Retirees receive $10 off membership in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Find out about membership options at: https://olli.berkeley.edu/membership-types. For information contact OLLI @Berkeley at (510) 642-9934 or email@example.com.
Women’s Faculty Club (WFC)
Join the WFC as an Associate Member. New memberships include a complimentary six months with the purchase of a full-year membership of $90. (The $25 initiation fee is also waived.) Call the WFC at (510)845-5084 or download an application form at http://www.womensfacultyclub.com.