More Than Just a Pretty Place

Celebrated for its extraordinary beauty, our oceanside campus is a center of learning, research, and the free exchange of ideas. We are near the Pacific Ocean, Silicon Valley, and the San Francisco Bay Area -- an ideal location for internships and future employment.

Visit Us!

For a smoother arrival, plan to arrive early, and download the ParkMobile app in advance.

Aerial view of campus

Maps to Guide You

Interactive maps showing classrooms, residential colleges, dining, parking, and more.


We offer a number of events – both in-person and virtual –  in the fall for prospective students, and in the spring for admitted students. Our events are family-friendly and always free!

UCSC event showing a student panel on stage

The Santa Cruz Area

A popular seaside tourist destination, Santa Cruz is known for its warm Mediterranean climate, its scenic beaches and redwood forests, and its lively cultural scene. We are also within a short drive to Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.

West Cliff

Join our Community

We have an exciting array of opportunities for you! Get involved in one of our 150+ student organizations, our Resource Centers, or the residential colleges!


Health & Safety

Your safety and well being are our highest priority. From the Community Safety Officers in the residence halls, to our Student Health Center and our Counseling & Psychological Services Office -- we work together to help you thrive physically and emotionally as you study here.

Students on move in day