UC San Diego is on a 2,183-acre campus in the suburban setting of La Jolla, California, not far from San Diego.
UC San Diego has many clubs, organizations, and activities for students to join – including band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.
Interested in Greek life? UC San Diego has fraternities and sororities.
UC San Diego students' favorite campus events are SunGod Festival, On Campus Concerts and Sporting Events.
This table offers information on housing at UC San Diego.
|Guaranteed Housing||Yes||Guaranteed for freshman|
|Co-ed Housing Available||Yes|
|Housing for Students with Disabilities||Yes|
|Percentage of Students Living On-Campus||––||37%|
|Spots Available in On-Campus Housing||––||17,598|
|Number of Students Living On-Campus||––||12,475|
|Percentage of Students Living Off-Campus||––||63%|
UC San Diego offers on-campus housing. Students are not required to live on campus. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.
Most UC San Diego students live off campus. In 2022, 37% of undergrads at UC San Diego lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 63% of students lived off-campus or commuted to UC San Diego. There are 17,598 spots available in on-campus housing for all 33,343 undergraduates. In the 2021-2022 school year, 12,475 students chose to live on-campus. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.
UC San Diego offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.
At UC San Diego there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.
Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.
Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.
Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.
Let's take a look at the athletic options available at UC San Diego:
|Sport||Men's Intramural||Women's Intramural||Men's Division||Women's Division||Men's Scholarships||Women's Scholarships|
|Basketball||√||√||NCAA Division 2||NCAA Division 2|
|Fencing||√||√||NCAA Division 2||NCAA Division 2|
|Soccer||√||√||NCAA Division 2||NCAA Division 2|
|Swimming And Diving||√||√||NCAA Division 2||NCAA Division 2|
|Tennis||√||√||NCAA Division 2||NCAA Division 2|
|Track And Field||√||√||NCAA Division 2||NCAA Division 2|
|Volleyball||√||√||NCAA Division 2||NCAA Division 2|
|Water Polo||√||√||NCAA Division 2||NCAA Division 2|
|Cross Country Running||√||√||NCAA Division 2||NCAA Division 2|
|Crew||Intercollegiate Sport||Intercollegiate Sport|
College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.
University of California, San Diego is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The UC San Diego campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. The school also has student security patrols.
UC San Diego offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards so that students can feel confident that they are safe in on-campus housing.
Additionally, UC San Diego has Crime prevention programs.
Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit UC San Diego, take Interstate 5 to La Jolla, CA. If you need to fly, book your flight to San Diego International airport.
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