Purchasing and Reimbursements

About Purchasing and Reimbursements

The BEST Region supports the UC Berkeley campus with purchasing services and assistance with select reimbursements.


BearBuy, the University's procurement system, should be used to purchase most goods and services. New BearBuy users are encouraged to take the BearBuy: Basics for Shoppers TrainingPlease note that the GlobalProtect VPN is required to access BearBuy off-campus


Effective July 1, 2021, faculty and staff must submit all reimbursement requests directly in the Reimbursement System.

Effective March 7, 2023, non-employee students can use the Reimbursement System for travel, entertainment, or other expenses they need to submit for reimbursement.

There is one key distinction between the system features for employees and non-employee students. Non-employee students must have their reimbursement request reviewed and submitted by a UC Berkeley employee instead of sending the report directly to an approver. The employee will review and submit the request in the Reimbursement System.

For questions about the Reimbursement System, email travel@berkeley.edu

For purchasing questions, email bestpurchasing@berkeley.edu