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Before You Arrive

The information provided is designed to make your arrival in the City of San Diego and transition to UC San Diego pleasant and informative. This will supplement the information from other University publications.

Also, you will find requirements and forms for the Class entering in the Fall of 2015 below. You will need to complete and turn in the Immunization Form on the first day of Orientation as well as provide a photocopy of your CPR card.

We look forward to your arrival on campus and wish you every success in your studies.


Airport Connections:
San Diego International Airport (also known as Lindbergh Field) is San Diego's primary airport. UC San Diego can be reached from Lindbergh Field by taxi (approximately $30.00), San Diego City Transit, or Airport Shuttle.

San Diego City Transit:
If traveling by San Diego City Transit from the airport take bus route #992 and ask for a transfer when boarding (all transfers are free). Route #992 travels from the airport and proceeds to downtown San Diego, where you can transfer to any one of several routes connecting with UC San Diego: #150 is the most direct route (limited times).

All express routes (one way) are $2.50 and local routes are $2.25. Exact change is required. All bus schedules are listed on the UC San Diego Transportation and Parking Services web site: parking.ucsd.edu; or on the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System website: www.sdcommute.com.

Airport Shuttle Service:*
Several airport-to-door shuttle services are also available with an average cost of $16.00-$20.00 per person one-way (prices subject to change).

Cloud 9 1-800-9-SHUTTLE
Express Shuttle 1-800-900-RIDE
Airport Shuttle (619) 234-4403

*Note the shuttle services listed are recommended but not endorsed by UC San Diego. For reservations and costs contact the shuttle service directly.

Taxis are available curbside at the airport, AMTRAK or Greyhound station. Since approximate cost varies from location, you should budget about $30.00 if you take a taxi.

Information, fares, and time schedules may be obtained by calling 1-800-231-2222 or on their website:

Amtrak travels from Los Angeles with a stop in Solana Beach ($37.50, subject to change). This is the closest stop to UC San Diego and requires a transfer to North County Transit bus #101 ($1.75). Check the bus schedule for the Lomas Santa Fe and Highway 101 stop, which is a half-block walk from the station. Call 1-800-USA-RAIL to make your reservations for Amtrak or visit their website:

UC San Diego is located adjacent to Interstate-5. La Jolla Village Drive, Gilman Drive, or Genesee Avenue exits can be used to reach campus. Parking permits are required on campus Monday-Friday 24 hours. Weekends are free. Daily parking permits are $8-16. Quarterly, monthly, and occasional use parking permits are available to professional students at varying costs through the UC San Diego Parking Office located in the Gilman Drive Parking Structure.

Disabled Parking Spaces:
UC San Diego maintains hundreds of Disabled Parking (DP) spaces. A DP plate or placard can be used in metered parking (with no fee), and in DP spaces without a UC San Diego permit. DP placards must be displayed.

For detailed information on shuttle service, parking cost, and transportation alternatives call (858) 534-4223 or visit the UC San Diego Transportation and Parking Services web site: parking.ucsd.edu.


Once you arrive on campus be sure to take care of all your academic and financial matters. Contact the SSPPS Student Affairs Office for assistance.

Professional students, new and readmits, entering in the fall must enroll by the published enrollment deadline, to avoid paying late fees. Detailed information on enrollment and registration procedures is provided to you in an email in late August or early September.

Establishing Residency
Students seeking classification as a resident for tuition purposes must have established residence in California for more than one year immediately preceding the residence determination date for the term during which s/he proposes to attend the University. The student must have relinquished any previous residence. The Residence Deputy is the only person authorized to advise on residency matters. Additional information is available at
https://students.ucsd.edu/finances/fees/residence/about.html . Inquiries should be directed to the Residence Deputy at the Office of the Registrar, (858) 534-4586 or residencedeputy@ucsd.edu.

Indications of your intent to make California your permanent residence can include the following: registering to vote and voting in California elections; designating California as your permanent address on all school and employment records, including military records if you are in the military; obtaining a California driver's license or, if you do not drive, a California Identification Card; obtaining California vehicle registration; paying California income taxes as a resident, including taxes on income earned outside California from the date you establish residence; establishing a California residence in which you keep your personal belongings; and licensing for professional practice in California. Your intent will be questioned if you return to your former state of residence when the University is not in session. Documentary evidence is required and all relevant indications will be considered in determining your classification.


Fall 2016

Fall Quarter begins

Monday, September 19

Instruction begins

Thursday, September 22

Veterans Day Holiday

Friday, November 11

Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday – Friday, November 24–25

Instruction ends

Friday, December 2

Final Exams

Saturday* – Saturday, December 3*–10

Fall Quarter ends

Saturday, December 10

Christmas Holiday

Monday – Tuesday, December 26–27

New Year Holiday

Monday – Tuesday, January 2– 3

- 49 Days of Instruction -

- 60 Days in Quarter -

Winter 2017

Winter Quarter begins

Wednesday, January 4

Instruction begins

Monday, January 9

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Monday, January 16

Presidents' Day Holiday

Monday, February 20

Instruction ends

Friday, March 17

Final Exams

Saturday* – Saturday, March 18*–25

Winter Quarter ends

Saturday, March 25

- 48 Days of Instruction -

- 58 Days in Quarter -

Spring 2017

Spring Quarter begins

Thursday, March 30

César Chávez Holiday

Friday, March 31

Instruction begins

Monday, April 3

Memorial Day Observance

Monday, May 29

Instruction ends

Friday, June 9

Final Exams

Saturday* – Friday, June 10*–16

Spring Quarter ends

Friday, June 16

- 49 Days of Instruction -

- 57 Days in Quarter -

*Educational Policy Committee approval October 21, 2013.

Independence Day Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Labor Day Monday, September 4, 2016


Academic Computing & Media Services
Information Technology Services (ITS) provides a wide range of computer services to support instruction, student research, and student personal computing. Students will be provided free e-mail accounts. Email is an official means of communication on campus and professional students will receive official notices through their UC San Diego email account. ITS Network Operations offers Internet service via dial-in modems (for a fee) and via on-campus residence networks. The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has specific computer requirements which will be provided separately.

ITS Service Desk
Applied Physics and Mathematics building 1313, First Floor

Walkin 8am-4:30pm. Call (858) 246-4357 7am – 7pm weekdays.


On-Campus Housing

UC San Diego, Associated Residential Community Housing (ARCH) offers housing to eligible graduate and professional students in seven residential communities. Descriptions of each community are available by visiting: http://hdh.ucsd.edu/arch/gradhousing.asp


Students are eligible if: they are currently enrolled, have formally accepted the UC San Diego Offer of Admission, or have submitted their intent to matriculate. Residents must maintain full-time status, enrolled in at least twelve units each quarter, in courses leading to a degree granted by UC San Diego.

Application Process:

Applications will only be accepted online and from students who have been formally admitted to UC San Diego. To apply online for on-campus housing, go to: http://hdh.ucsd.edu/arch/gradhousing.asp. When you apply for housing you must submit proof of acceptance for admission (or a copy of your current I.D. card). If claiming couple with children status, copies of certified birth certificates and/or applicable custody documents of any children are required.

Off-Campus Housing

The UC San Diego Office of Off-Campus Housing offers a variety of resources for students looking for a place to live, including information on the neighborhoods in the area, advice on renting in San Diego, and searchable listings of apartments or rooms for rent. Incoming students can create a temporary ‘guest account’ to login to the Off-Campus Housing website.

For further information on Off-Campus Housing, please contact:
Off-Campus Housing Office
(858) 534-3670

Additional Housing Resources:

Union Tribune Classified - http://realestate.signonsandiego.com/

San Diego Reader - http://www.readerrentals.com/

Spectrum Apartment Search - www.apartmentsearch.com or call (619) 688-2101 or toll free at (888) 882-6505


The Graduate Student Health Insurance Plan (GSHIP) for UC San Diego Graduate and Professional students is part of the UC system-wide health insurance program. The plan provides comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage for registered students and their dependents. While coverage for registered students is automatic, the dependent plan is voluntary. The coverage is also available on a voluntary basis for students on an approved Leave of Absence or Filing Fee status, as well as recent graduates. Coverage for medical, hospital, pharmacy and vision is provided through Anthem Blue Cross. Coverage for dental is provided through Delta Dental. For more information please contact student health at: http://studenthealth.ucsd.edu/ucshipabout.shtml

Emergency Numbers: * 24 hour lines


Phone Number

Medical Emergencies, Police, Fire, Rescue*


UC San Diego Thornton Hospital Emergency Room (on campus)

(858) 657-7600

UC San Diego Medical Center (Hillcrest)

(619) 543-6400

After-Hours Crisis Counseling*


UC San Diego Counseling and Psychological Services

- http://caps.ucsd.edu/

(858) 534-3755

UC San Diego Office for Students with Disabilities

(858) 534-4382

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Hotline

(858) 272-1767

Rape Crisis Hotline*

(619) 233-3088

Poison Information

(800) 876-4766

Healthy Families:

The State of California offers complete and affordable health insurance for children and teenagers. For information on eligibility and coverage contact Healthy Families at (800) 880-5305 or visit their web site: www.healthyfamilies.ca.gov.


Early Childhood Education Center:
The UC San Diego Early Childhood Education Center is a service for University students, staff and faculty. The goal of the Center is to provide a meaningful experience for children from 11 months and walking through five and one-half years of age. Subsidies are available for low-income families based on a sliding scale. Many professional students meet the qualifications for low-income subsidies. Plan ahead! The program has a waiting list for entrance. For further information about the Early Childhood Education Program visit their website,

Other Childcare Options
For students who are unable to place their children in these programs due to space limitations, the State Department of Education operates a full-time child care facility less than three miles from campus. For information, contact:

Hawthorne Children's Center
4750 Lehrer Drive
San Diego, CA 92117
(858) 273-6101

For other child care referrals or resources in San Diego County, contact the following agencies:


Phone Number

Childcare Community Referral Service

(619) 574-1454

The Family Child Care Association of San Diego County

(619) 260-2598
(760) 517-2169

Ocean Beach Childcare Project

(619) 222-6242

The YMCA Child Care Resource Service

(800) 481-2151

For free licensed day care referral

(619) 574-1454


A number of established financial institutions are located nearby in La Jolla Village Square Center on Nobel Drive and Villa La Jolla Drive. Several other ATM machines are also in the vicinity, located on the UC San Diego campus in the Price Center and the Student Center, in the Costa Verde Shopping Center, University Towne Center, and throughout the city of San Diego.

UC San Diego houses two banks: CHASE Bank and USE Credit Union. CHASE is a full service bank for students, faculty and staff. Services include ATMs, checking, savings, mortgages and investments. It is located in Price Center East, (858) 658-0967. For more information please go to www.chase.com.

UC San Diego is also home to a branch office of USE (University and State Employees) Credit Union, a full-service financial institution that provides services to all faculty, staff, and students at UC San Diego. The UC San Diego Branch Office of USE Credit Union is located in the Gilman Drive Parking Structure, (858) 453-5620. Check out the USE web page: www.usecu.org.


UC San Diego is located approximately 12 miles from downtown San Diego. Transportation alternatives are available to students without cars. San Diego Metropolitan Transit Service is available between north coast cities, UC San Diego and downtown San Diego. For San Diego Transit information call (800) 266-6883 or visit their website: www.sdcommute.com. Transit schedules are available from Rideshare Operations (located in the Gilman Drive parking structure) or by calling (858) 534-RIDE. Additional transit information is also available at blink.ucsd.edu/go/splashtps. UC San Diego students are eligible for a discount on the purchase of a monthly regional bus pass, including all routes and trolley lines. Passes are sold at the UC San Diego Parking and Transportation office: http://blink.ucsd.edu/Blink/External/Topics/Policy/0,1162,15352,00.html.

Free Campus Shuttle:
A bus sticker is available at no charge to UC San Diego students and will provide you with one year of free, unlimited bus rides within a designated area near campus. Please visit their website for current boundaries:

Rideshare Operations:
The Office of Rideshare Operations is ready to assist you with your commute to UC San Diego. This office provides programs and incentives to those who use vanpool, carpool, city transit, the Coaster, and bicycle to reach UC San Diego. Free zip code matching can assist you in forming a carpool with other UC San Diego affiliates. You can share the cost of one parking permit and save hundreds of dollars per year on your commuting expenses.

Visit the parking web site at parking.ucsd.edu or call (858) 534-RIDE for updated information on all of your commuter options. The Rideshare Operations office is located in the Gilman Drive parking structure.

Pedal Club:
The UC San Diego Rideshare Pedal Club offers incentives such as limited free parking and UC San Diego Bike Shop discounts, when you commit to riding a bike to campus at least three times a week and register your bike with the state of California periodically. All cyclists are required to adhere to the California Vehicle Code and obtain a California Bicycle Registration, available for $6.00 from the UC San Diego Police Department. Call (858) 534-PEDL for more information about bikes on campus. See the
parking website for details.

Campus Shuttle Services:
UC San Diego’s extensive transportation system is free for UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff. To board, show your campus ID to the driver on request. For more UC San Diego shuttle info, go to:

Anyone who parks at UC San Diego must pay a fee to help support the construction, maintenance, and administration of parking facilities. For parking information see:

Automobile Registration:
If you are considering becoming a California resident, you must register your vehicle. If the car is registered in your name and you are a resident of the state in which you purchased it, license plates will generally continue to be valid until the expiration date, but for no longer than one year from the date first used in California. This is true even though the license plate may be valid for more than one year in your home state. For further information on vehicle registration contact the Department of Motor Vehicles at (800) 777-0133 or visit their web site at

Driver's License:
If you drive a vehicle and plan to establish residency in California, you must obtain a California driver's license within ten days after your arrival in San Diego. Proof of Auto Insurance is also required in San Diego. For Department of Motor Vehicle locations and information call the DMV of San Diego County at (800) 777-0133.


To register, U.S. citizens must be at least eighteen years of age and a resident of San Diego County for one day or more with a permanent address. For further information on voting contact the Registrar of Voters at (800) 696-0136 or visit their web site at www.sdvote.com. Students who plan to establish California residency should first consult with the residency deputy in the UC San Diego Office of the Registrar prior to making arrangements to vote by absentee ballot in their home state. Students are strongly encouraged to actively participate in the community; voting is one way to do so.


For more information on any of the services described below, visit the Recreation website: recreation.ucsd.edu.

Aquatics programs serve UC San Diego students and community with a variety of offerings. The two pool facilities are the Canyonview 50 meter by 25 yard Olympic style pool and the indoor Natatorium. Both pools have outdoor jacuzzis and offer recreation lap swimming, swim classes, and other year round programs.

Informal Recreation is time allotted for participation in an unstructured recreation endeavor, be it basketball, volleyball, racquetball, squash, etc. You can participate alone or with a group of people who happen to be playing your chosen sport.

Intramural Sports, organized team activities, has served as a rallying point for social life at the university. Throughout the school year, over 1200 different teams participate weekly in 30 different team sports activities. This activity can require a modest fee for participation.

Mission Bay Aquatic Center is for students, faculty and staff of UC San Diego to enjoy instructional and recreational opportunities in ocean sports. Our mission is to help you learn and enjoy activities in and around the beach, free from the academic pressures of campus. San Diego is a community with much of its activity centered around the water, so don't be left out, sign up for a class today. For additional information, visit the recreation website or the Mission Bay Aquatic Center website: www.mbac.nu.

Outback Adventures at the University of California, San Diego offers rentals, services, and sales of outdoor equipment.

Three weight rooms are located on campus: RIMAC, Canyonview, and Main Gym.

The recreation center offers a wide variety of rec classes, such as Aquatics, Dance, Community Interest, Sports and Fitness, Martial Arts, Mind/Body Classes, Interim Classes, Children and Youth Classes, Knock Around Summer Camp for Kids, and Cardio/Indoor Cycling.


San Diego is home to several publicly owned open-space parks.

Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve is located in the City of San Diego between the I-5 and I-15 freeways, some twelve miles north of the City's urban center. The Preserve is composed of two large coastal canyons.

Marian Bear Memorial Park is located in San Clemente Canyon stretching from Interstate 5 to Interstate 805. The park provides a natural setting in the midst of a bustling urban area. The 467 acres of dedicated natural parkland include finger canyons and mesas on the south side with a rich and diverse history.

Mission Trails Regional Park with its state-of-the-art Visitor and Interpretive Center is operated and maintained by the City of San Diego in close partnership with the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation. Full-time city park rangers and volunteer docents provide a wide range of interpretive programming, including tours and hikes, as well as video and slide presentations. Over 60,000 school children have toured the park. At 5,800 acres, Mission Trails is one of the largest urban parks in the country. For further information, visit their website: www.mtrp.org.

Tecolote Canyon Natural Park offers its visitors a variety of educational and recreational opportunities. The Canyon has approximately 6.5 miles of trails that can be used for jogging, walking, and mountain biking. Also available to visitors is the newly constructed Nature Center which offers a host of exhibits on the animal and plant life of the Canyon.

Chicano Park is the world’s largest outdoor museum, featuring murals that highlight the Chicano/a experience locally, nationally and internationally. The takeover/founding of this park is celebrated the fourth Saturday in April every year. The park is located in Barrio Logan, South of Downtown San Diego.


Torrey Pines:
Facilities include: two 18-hole championship golf courses, driving range, practice putting greens, restaurant, food and beverage carts. Torrey Pines boasts the west's largest Golf Shop, offering a full range of golf merchandise for sale and the rental of golf shoes, clubs, hand and power golf carts. The Professional Golf Staff offers group and individual golf lessons. Torrey Pines hosts the PGA TOUR Buick Invitational each February.

Balboa Park Municipal Golf Course:
Facilities include: An 18-hole golf course and a 9-hole executive golf course, driving range, practice putting greens, coffee shop and half-way house. The Golf Shop offers golf merchandise for sale and the rental of clubs, hand and power golf carts. The Professional Golf staff offers group and individual golf lessons.

San Diego has more than 33 beaches, each with it's own distinctive personality. There are beaches for the surfer, the snorkeler, the sightseer, the shopper, the sunbather and the swimmer. For more information please see the City of San Diego Beaches at:


San Diego's perfect climate allows for great weather year round. The city's beaches, museums, and recreational activities provide a welcome study break. The following information is designed to give you a feel for the communities surrounding UC San Diego, as well as provide you with insight on places to go, sites to see, recommendations on local eateries, coffee shops, restaurants, and recreational activities.

La Jolla:
UC San Diego is located in La Jolla, on a bluff overlooking the coastline. La Jolla is also home to Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, and a picturesque downtown. Although living off campus in La Jolla is costly, the climate and beach provide the perfect setting for recreational activities such as surfing, bike riding and sunbathing. Downtown La Jolla is lined with restaurants, coffee shops, and boutiques.

North Torrey Pines/Old Pacific Highway:
Immediately north of UC San Diego is a scenic drive through Torrey Pines state beach. This state park includes 14 miles of trails for hiking, hidden caves, and a beautiful beach. North Torrey Pines is also home to a growing biomedical and technical industry and the Torrey Pines Golf Course.

Golden Triangle/University City:
The community surrounding UC San Diego is a short bus or car ride from campus. The Golden Triangle is comprised of several communities of apartments, condos, and houses, as well as three major shopping areas. La Jolla Village Square is located less than a mile South of campus. Costa Verde Center is centrally located in the Golden Triangle adjacent to the University Towne Center (UTC). All three shopping areas provide a variety of proprietors and restaurants. Students who live in graduate student housing or around the Golden Triangle find it convenient and accessible. University City is five minutes southeast of campus and is an area with neighborhoods consisting of houses and moderate-sized shopping centers. University City can be accessed from Genesee Avenue and Highway 52, which also provide convenient access to campus.

Del Mar:
Del Mar, a quaint coastal community with small shops and restaurants, is located approximately five miles north of UC San Diego. Del Mar is home to the Del Mar Race Track, Del Mar Fair, and one of the many farmer’s markets in the county. Del Mar is accessible by bus or car.

Clairemont is located about 10 minutes southeast of campus, and six miles from the beach. This community provides all the amenities for affordable student living. Clairemont is accessible to campus by three major highways, Interstate 5, highway 52, and Interstate 805. Clairemont rents generally are reasonable, and the area offers shopping centers, restaurants, and banks. Clairemont is located within the free UC San Diego/SDT bus zone (see section on

Pacific Beach:
Pacific Beach is located a few miles south of UC San Diego, and is called "PB" by the locals. The community is lined with restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. The beaches provide some of the best surf in the county. The boardwalk stretches from the Pier to Mission Beach's Pirate's Cove. This beach community is home for many college students and young professionals.

Mission Beach:
Mission Beach is home to Belmont Park and its famous roller coaster. The Mission Beach boardwalk is a prime location for fun and recreation under the San Diego sun; you can rent bicycles or rollerblade.

Mission Bay:
Mission Bay is home to SeaWorld and offers great areas for picnicking, barbequing, and recreational water activities. It is the perfect setting for running, sailing, or kayaking. Mission Bay is also the location of the Mission Bay Aquatic Center. There you can find a number of recreational activities and classes to participate in as a UC San Diego student. Visit their website:

Mission Valley:
Located about 20 minutes southeast of UC San Diego, Mission Valley is a shopper's paradise and includes two large retail centers: Mission Valley Center and Fashion Valley. Mission Valley also boasts several hotels, a golf course, and Qualcomm Stadium, home to the San Diego Chargers football team.

City Heights :
One of the most diverse communities in San Diego with more than 30 dialects spoken here, City Heights continues to be one of the city's true redevelopment success stories. This neighborhood is approximately 20 minutes from UC San Diego. Many small businesses still thrive here, offering products and merchandise of the varied cultures which are present here that are hard to find in most shopping centers and supermarkets. The recently completed Urban Retail Village and soon to be opened Trans West housing and business center have helped continue the revitalization of this fascinating neighborhood.

Barrio Logan:
San Diego's Barrio Logan is one of the oldest neighborhoods in San Diego, and home of historical sites such as Chicano Park that is visited every year by thousands of tourists. Three of the most popular Mexican restaurants in San Diego are located in Barrio Logan: Chuey's, Porkyland, and Las Cuatro Milpas. It is merely 18 minutes from UC San Diego.

Old Town:
San Diego's historic Old Town has a unique flavor within a colonial Spanish setting. The state park consists of restaurants and shops with early San Diego architecture. Old Town can be reached by the San Diego Trolley, a system that connects downtown San Diego, the San Ysidro border area, and the east county. A major transit depot, Old Town connects with San Diego Transit buses and the Coaster commuter trains.

About 15 minutes south of Campus, Hillcrest is where the UC San Diego Medical Center is located. The Medical Center is accessible by the UC San Diego Campus Shuttle. The Hillcrest community has a neighborhood feel to it and is home to some of the best and most inexpensive restaurants in town. Hillcrest offers unique shops, coffee and movie houses, and is also home to a large gay community.

Downtown San Diego:
Located about 20 minutes from UC San Diego campus, downtown is the urban center of San Diego. Overlooking the San Diego Harbor, downtown offers a wide variety of galleries, restaurants, theaters, shopping, Petco Park (where the Padres play) and nightlife. The historic Gaslamp Quarter is located in the heart of downtown San Diego. Little Italy and a growing art district create a cultural environment on the outskirts of downtown.

Balboa Park:
Located just east of downtown, and about twenty minutes south of UC San Diego, Balboa Park is home to the world famous San Diego Zoo, and to many museums, including the Museum of Man, Centro Cultural de la Raza, the San Diego Museum of Art, Museum of Photographic Arts, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, and the San Diego Aerospace Museum. For additional information, visit their website: