Being With Your Child

Parents and family members are encouraged to spend as much time as possible with their child, when hospitalized. Brothers and sisters of any age are welcome to visit. Parents are responsible for their supervision. Please no visitors with colds, flu, fever or exposure to chickenpox within the past three weeks.

Overnight Stays

Sleeping space for overnight stays is provided on the sixth floor of the hospital. Because space is limited, please plan for only one parent or family member over age 18 to stay overnight. Your child's nurse can provide information about the availability of beds and shower facilities for parents.

All patient rooms have couches that convert into day beds.

In the hospital, you will have access to a microwave oven and a refrigerator. To store food in the refrigerator, label the item with your child's name and the date. Food will be stored for three days from the date on the label. Similarly, breast milk can be stored in the freezer.

Hotels, Motels and Short-Term Rentals

Although we don't have on-site housing, we do maintain listings of hotel and motel accommodations. For information about hotels, motels and short-term apartment rentals, please visit our campus Housing Office website. A number of guesthouses and motels are located close to the hospital.

Please make your lodging arrangements as far in advance as possible because San Francisco hotels tend to be busy.

If you have any questions, call our Referral Service at (888) 689-UCSF or send an email to

Special Housing

Families of seriously ill young patients, age 18 and younger, who live more than 50 miles from the medical center, may be eligible for rooms at the Family House or Ronald McDonald House. For more information, please call the Pediatric Social Work department at (415) 353–2655.

  • Family House provides free, temporary housing for families with children diagnosed with cancer and other life-threatening illness.
  • Ronald McDonald House accommodates up to 20 families and provides private sleeping areas, communal dining and living space.

Related Information

Preparing for Your Stay

Child Life Services
Phone: (415) 353-1203

Pediatric Social Work
Phone: (415) 353-2655

Prepare Clinic
Phone: (415) 353-1099

Contact Us

For help finding a doctor or other assistance, contact our Physician Referral Service at (888) 689-UCSF or (888) 689-8273.

Have a question? Send us an email.