Come join us for a UC Santa Cruz campus tour! Our informative Student Life and University Guides provide insight into the undergraduate experience, highlight our high-impact interdisciplinary research and world renowned faculty, and showcase our stunning campus environment. Please note, as our campus is 2,000 acres of land, we are able to best show the campus using combination of walking and shuttle. The campus tour vehicle has a fixed number of seats, and we are only able to accommodate a fixed number of visitors at each tour time.
Reservations are required.
Prospective Student Tours
Regularly scheduled campus tours for prospective students and their families are offered throughout the year. Please view the campus tours reservation page to select from available tours.
Note about Campus Tours: We host visitors with disabilities and those requiring special accommodations. The all walking tour includes transportation by bus to central campus and some rigorous walking, including stairs and hills. If you require special accommodations, please describe your needs in the text box provided when you reserve your tour.
Stand by or Self-Guided Tour Option
If tours are full on the date you wish to visit, please stop by the Cook House, located at the base of campus on the left as you enter the main entrance from Bay Street.
For web-based directions to the Cook House, the university address is: Main Entrance, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064.
Enter the Main Entrance of the campus at the intersection of Bay and High Streets. Proceed onto the campus on Bay Street and almost immediately you will see the Cook House, which is a large red building on your left. Park in the Admissions Lot 117A and park in one of the designated spots. If there is no parking available, please exit to your right and take the next right turn into the Barn Theater Parking Lot.
Permits are required. A Parking Pay Station is located in front of the Cook House, and will take credit cards or exact change.
Guests may purchase a parking permit for the Admisions and Barn Theater Lots and utilize our free campus shuttle system to explore the campus. Please note that the Cook House is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Check in upstairs at the front desk and place your student’s name on our “stand by” list. Please note stand by reservations are available only for tours taking place that day. You must be physically present to register as a stand by guest. No phone or Internet stand by reservations are allowed.
The Office of Admissions provides free self-guided tour maps with a recommended walking route and information that is provided during our regular tour.
Group Tour reservations (tours for schools, educational programs, or community-based organizations with groups of six or more people) can be made online. Group Tour requests are taken up to one year in advance.
Families should schedule a visit on one of our regular weekday tours, even if the group consists of more than five members.
We love animals, but please leave your pets at home. Dogs and cats are prohibited from the UCSC campus. Even if you bring your dog to campus and keep it inside your vehicle, you will be ticketed by Campus Police. Exemptions are granted for service dogs. For further information, go to UCSC’s Policy for Service Animals on Campus.
Also, we apologize, but we do not have enough parking space to accommodate RVs.
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