University of California - San Diego

Accommodation at University of California San Diego

Campus & accommodation at University of California, San Diego

If you are going to study at UCSD, you need a place to stay. Do not worry - there are several options! Continue reading to get more information about accommodation and campus life at University of California, San Diego.

Student accommodation in San Diego  

San Diego is a beautiful place to experience as an international student, and when it comes to accomodation, you have a couple of alternatives.

On Campus Accommodation is only possible during July and August. Please contact KILROY's study advisors for more information about 10-week on-campus housing.

Tuolumne Apartments at UCSD

If you prefer off-campus housing UCSD Extension recommend the nearby apartments offered by Anatolia Housing. Many different options available through Anatolia Housing, in different price ranges. The apartments are close to campus (15 minutes by bus or bicycle). Applicants will live with other international students, and they will share their bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living area (two people to a room, four to an apartment, two bathrooms per apartment). Some private rooms are also available. Same-gender apartments only (couple accommodations available upon special request).

Some of the housing options, e.g. the luxury apartments Costa Verde (with a pool and a gym), are available for 1 month leases, meaning that students can live there while they are looking for a cheaper option. They may also be able to extend their lease for a quarter, or even a year if they want to extend their stay.

Students can also find private shared accommodation through other providers. Note: Students should never pay anything before you have seen the apartment in person. Therefore, you should arrange temporary accommodation for when you first arrive. You can consider booking a room in a hotel/hostel, or booking a place through Airbnb or similar services - either alone or with other students.

Popular areas for student accommodatino include: 

  • Pacific Beach
  • Mission Beach
  • University Town Center
  • La Jolla - a nice area, but might be best suited for mature students or students with families

Some students might consider homestay as an alternative, i.e. to live with a local family. Please contact KILROY's study advisors for more information about this.

Campuses at University of California, San Diego

There are three campuses for international students at University of California San Diego: University City Center, La Jolla and Mission Valley. Most international students are located at the City Center Campus.

Life on campus at University of California, San Diego

The five square kilometers campus is within easy access to the beach, as well as one of the best surfing spots in California. The campus itself is well equipped, with restaurants, pubs, cafes, small supermarkets, a concert hall, and theater. There are guest lectures, concerts, plays, and other special events taking place year around

Walking between classes at UCSD

During your time at University of California, San Diego you will make a lot of new friends from all over the world. Why not bond with them whilst kayaking? 

International students kayaking at UCSD

And campus life also offers you the great opportunity to get involved with varsity sports. University of California, San Diego is home to "The Tritons", which is the name given to all sports teams at the university. The teams range from basketball and swimming to athletics and golf.

UCSD Tritons mascot at Student Center East

Transport from UCSD to San Diego downtown

Public transportation is convenient, inexpensive and operates day and night to get you to your campus or city destination. The University of California, San Diego is 20 km from downtown San Diego and the San Diego International Airport.

UC San Diego Shuttle Service (main campus only) During the academic year (not in summer) UC San Diego offers free shuttle bus services Monday through Friday.

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