Visit UCSC

Where residential colleges encircle lecture halls and libraries, recital halls and theaters, studios and labs, overlooking the Monterey Bay.

Maps and directions

UC Santa Cruz is located in Central California on 2,000 acres overlooking the Monterey Bay. It is easily reached by major highways, with airports nearby.

Take a campus tour

Once on campus, you'll want to take a tour to experience all that UC Santa Cruz has to offer before beginning your own explorations.

Major UCSC destinations

McHenry Library, 10 unique colleges, Science Hill, the East Field, Quarry Plaza, the Farm and Garden, a Theater Arts center, and that's just a start.

Transportation and parking

The campus is best experienced on foot. Shuttles provide convenient transportation across campus and between the colleges and academic centers.

Take a virtual tour

If you can't make it to campus, take a virtual tour and explore the setting and many attractions of UC Santa Cruz.

About UCSC

UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the intimacy of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university.

Academic Divisions

Looking for a specific division, undergraduate major, or graduate program?

The Colleges

UCSC residential learning colleges provide students with academic support, activities, and events that enhance the intellectual and social life of the campus.

Support UCSC

Learn more about the need for private gifts — and please consider making a gift today.