The UC Santa Cruz campus takes the breath away while expanding the mind. Come visit us. You’ll see.
Where we are
UC Santa Cruz, located just above Monterey Bay on California’s Central Coast, is uniquely positioned at the intersection of technology and agriculture. Just 45 minutes from the high-tech center of Silicon Valley and 25 minutes from the fertile farmlands of Watsonville, our geographic placement has helped us practice our social justice values as we seek to develop technology for the social good.
In addition, the Santa Cruz area’s diverse community and vibrant cultural scene mean students live among towering redwoods and misty ocean fog while also being close to city happenings, social engagement, cultural events, and opportunities for learning, growth, and recreation.
One campus, many sites
In addition to the 2,000-acre main residential campus, UCSC sites include:
- Westside Research Park
- Coastal Science Campus
- Silicon Valley Campus
- Scotts Valley Center
- Monterey Bay Education, Science and Technology (MBEST) Research Park
Get a feel for the lay of the land before you step foot on campus.
Transportation and parking
Walking is often the best way to experience campus. Shuttles and buses provide convenient transportation across campus and between the colleges and academic centers.
Find all the information you need about parking and getting around.
We welcome your visit to UC Santa Cruz! Many places and programs on campus are open to the public to tour, attend, and enjoy. Make sure to include some of these iconic campus spots on your visit for the full UCSC experience.
While you’re here
Find an event or experience some of the creative and intellectual energy on campus. Explore the options and choose your adventure.
See for yourself
“From the trees to the seas”: UC Santa Cruz is famed worldwide for its redwood forests, breathtaking vistas, and the kind of serenity that expands the mind. Take a tour—in person or virtually—and see for yourself.