Buying Goods and Services


Capital Equipment
When purchasing equipment with a value of $5,000 or more, there are things to take into consideration to ensure you are processing your order in compliance. 

Computers and Peripherals
Need a new computer? Check out the requirements before you buy and you'll get the best quality and pricing.

DEA-Controlled Substances
Guidelines for buying United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)-controlled substances. 

Learn about buying furniture for any size project – from outfitting a new building to buying a new chair.

Gift Cards
Guidelines for making gift cards purchases that are compliant with University of California policy and procedures.

Contact ReadyRefresh to open an account for water delivery services. Then, create your purchase order (PO) using the Standing Order Amt form in BearBuy.

Software and Cloud Computing
When purchasing software and cloud computing services, there is a specific BearBuy form to use.  Learn about the guidelines and process for purchasing software and cloud computing services.

Tax-Free Ethyl Alcohol
Buy 190 or 200 Proof Ethyl Alcohol from VWR at a 60 percent to 70 percent lower price.


Catering for on-campus meetings and events is administered through America To Go (ATG), an online food ordering company. Browse a list of 100+ contracted caterers and restaurants to make standard as well as special and custom orders. 

Common Services
Learn how to buy common services, which can range from standard lab test and diagnostics to audio-visual services.

Facility Rental Services
To conduct an offsite, non-UC facility rental, follow the procedures outlined depending on whether it is with or without contract.

Inbound Freight Program 
Learn how UCSF's Inbound Freight Program works and saves the University money.

Outbound Freight Program
Learn about UCSF's outbound freight partnership.

Photography and Video Services
Coordinate with UCSF News & Media Services to buy photography and video services.

Professional Services/Independent Consulting
Purchase the services of independent contractors and consultants.