Visit Us!

Join us for a student-led, small-group tour of campus. For families who can’t travel to campus for an in-person tour, we continue to offer many virtual and self-guided options to experience our extraordinary campus environment (see below).

Campus Tours

Our S.L.U.G.s (Student Life and University Guides) are excited to take you and your family on a walking tour of campus! Use the links below to see your tour options.


Important: Please note our current COVID-19 Visitors and Events Protocol.

General Walking Tour

We’re so excited to welcome you to our beautiful campus between the sea and the trees. Register here for a tour led by one of our Student Life & University Guides (S.L.U.G.s). The tour will take approximately 90 minutes and includes stairs, and some uphill and downhill walking. Appropriate walking shoes for our hills and forest floors and dressing in layers are highly recommended in our variable coastal climate.

See our frequently asked questions for more information.


Self Guided Tour

You are welcome to explore UC Santa Cruz on your schedule at your pace. Sign up for this handy, mobile-friendly tour that you can take with you as you visit our beautiful campus with your family or small group in-person. Includes photos and information and takes 45-60 minutes.


Group Tour

We will begin offering group tours to high schools, community colleges and other groups that work with prospective students later this fall. Group sizes can range from 6 to a maximum of 60 guests (including chaperones). We require 1 adult chaperone for every 15 students and the chaperone is required to stay with the group for the entire duration of the tour. 

If your group would like to visit before we can accommodate you or you have a group larger than 60, please utilize our group self-guided tour materials for your visit.

More Group Tour Info

S.L.U.G. Video Series

For your convenience, we have a playlist of short topic-focused YouTube videos featuring our Student Life and University Guides (S.L.U.G.s) and lots of footage showing campus life. Tune in at your leisure!


Virtual Tour

Take a campus tour from the comfort of your own computer! Our interactive program is narrated by our own student tour guides, is available in five languages, and includes 360-degree photos.

photo of quarry plaza