Destination UCSD

Visit UC San Diego
The picturesque campus of UCSD is nestled along the Pacific Ocean on 1,200 acres of coastal woodland. We invite you to return often with your family and friends to rediscover your university. 


San Diego area residents, new faculty and staff, first-time visitors, and alumni and families are welcome to attend a free 90-minute campus tour on Sundays at 2 p.m. from the South Gilman Information Pavilion, located at the south end of campus on Gilman Drive.  Learn more

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Campus Landmarks

Birch Aquarium at Scripps



As the public exploration center for world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD, Birch Aquarium has inspired San Diego's residents and visitors with the wonders of the ocean for more than a century.  Learn more

Porter's Pub



You may recall your hay-day at Porter’s Pub located in the Original Student Center. This all-age restaurant gives students a reason to stay on campus, whether it's for a good meal at a good price, or just to take a break from classes.  Learn more

Price Center



Price Center is the hub of UCSD campus life providing students, and the campus community, with spaces to eat, shop, play, relax, meet, and belong.  Retail shops include the UCSD Bookstore, Sunshine Market, Café Roma, Rubios, Subway and Yogurt World.  Learn more

Stuart Collection



The Stuart Collection seeks to enrich the cultural, intellectual, and scholarly life of the campus and community by building and maintaining a unique collection of site-specific works by leading artists of our time.  Learn more




Bartell Hotels



UCSD alumni receive discounted room rates at San Diego's premier hotels, courtesy of Bartell Hotels. All seven properties are conveniently located near major area attractions. Learn more




Academic Connections



Academic Connections invites high-school students to explore the best UC San Diego has to offer.  Application fee waived for students whose parents are members of the UCSD Alumni Association.    Learn more

Sights to see near UCSD

Torrey Pines Gliderport
For over 75 years, the Torrey Pines Gliderport has been the learning place for aviation greats including the Lindbergh’s, Boyles, and many more. The gliderport was first established as a soaring site in 1928 and has defined the history of motor less flight. Today the gliderport is home to hang gliding, paragliding, scale models, and sailplane flight. The gliderport is also home to the Cliff Hanger Café offering delicious sandwiches and refreshments.  Learn more

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
Torrey Pines is visited by travelers from all over the world and by local residents who come daily to rest at the stunning overlooks, walk a peaceful trail, or exercise in a clean, beautiful environment.  Learn more

La Jolla Shores
La Jolla Shores is a short distance from UCSD and downtown La Jolla, which boasts high-end clothiers, hotels, shops, and galleries. The sheer beauty and flat expanse of La Jolla Shores makes it ideal for strolling, picnicking, or tossing a Frisbee while enjoying the waves breaking on the beach. La Jolla Shores is also rich with marine life, which is protected by the San Diego La Jolla Ecological Reserve. Learn more