Directions &

UC San Diego’s coastal campus spans 1,200 scenic acres and all tours last up to two hours. Review the instructions below before arrival to ensure you arrive on time and park in the most convenient location.

Where to Park? Depends When You Visit.


Park in Regents Rd West Lot (P704) and pay for parking at one of the nearby kiosks. Take the East & Regents shuttle (the bus with the green “P”) to the Student Services Center. Exit the shuttle and cross Rupertus Lane to the Triton Center.

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Park in the Gilman Structure for free. Follow walking signs to the Triton Center.

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Paying for Parking

Campus is growing! There are a number of exciting construction projects currently transforming our campus, so please follow instructions below to check in for your tour:

Lyft to the Triton Center

  • First time Lyft riders – enjoy $5 off your ride! Download the Friends & Family of UC San Diego code here: UC San Diego | Lyft Friends & Family

  • Type "400 Rupertus Lane" as your destination

Parking On Campus

You must purchase a permit to park on campus Monday - Friday. Parking is free on Saturdays.

Purchase your permit at the lot pay station. Pay stations accept cash ($1 and $5 bills), Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Pay stations do not dispense change.

Lot P704: “V” Permits (Monday - Friday)

Valid for Parking only in "V", "S", and "B" parking stalls

  • Full day: $20
  • Hourly: $2/hour (Note: Triton Tours will need a minimum of 3 hours)
  • Do not park in "A" stalls or you will be ticketed

Gilman Parking Structure Permits (Saturdays only)

Valid ONLY in the Gilman Parking Structure

  • Cost: Free on weekends only. All other days require a parking permit.

Disabled Parking

Our tours are accessible for all visitors with disabilities. View parking information for disabled placards or license plates.

Parking at meters is strongly discouraged. Meters do not allow enough time for you to complete a Triton Tour.

View the Triton Tours Map.

Driving Directions: I-5 to Campus Parking Structures

UC San Diego is located adjacent to the I-5 freeway, between Gilman Drive to the south and Genesee Avenue to the north.

Directions from I-5 to Parking Lot P704 (Monday - Friday)

  • Exit Genesee Avenue (exit 29) and go east
  • Turn right on Campus Point Drive
  • Turn left on Voigt Drive
  • Turn right into Lot P704
  • Purchase a parking pass at designated kiosk (make sure your pass is valid for at least 3 hours)
  • Note: Using google maps, enter Regents Road West Lot into your GPS for navigational assistance.

Directions from I-5 to Gilman Parking Structure (Saturdays)

  • Exit La Jolla Village Drive (exit 28) and go west
  • Turn right at first stoplight, Villa La Jolla Drive, and move into the left lane
  • Drive straight to enter the Gilman Parking Structure
  • Follow directional signs from the parking structure to the Triton Center

Once You Arrive: Getting to the Triton Center

Triton Tours start at the Triton Center on the 1st floor of the Student Services Center (corner of Myers Drive and Rupertus Lane).

Shuttle Directions from Parking Lot P704 (Monday - Friday)

  • There are three shuttles that easily transport you to main campus! Take the North Campus (Blue N), Mesa Nueva (Purple M), or Hillcrest shuttle (Red H) to central campus.
  • Exit the bus and follow the signs to the Triton Center, just a quick walk away

Walking Directions from Gilman Parking Structure (Saturdays)

  • Walk north along Russell Drive
  • Turn left onto Rupertus Way
  • The 5-story Student Services Center will be ahead of you ahead of you, slightly to your right
  • Follow the signs to the Triton Center, located on the 1st floor (southwest side)

Bus & Van Parking: Group Tours

To make your group transportation as smooth as possible, we recommend giving this information to your Transportation Department and bus driver prior to your tour date.

Requests & Suggestions

  • Allow adequate time for construction on campus and getting to the Campus Tours Office.
  • When unloading, please keep a close eye on your students.
  • Ask the staff at the Triton Center front desk for a map upon your arrival.

Directions to Group Tour Drop-Off

  • From Interstate 5, exit La Jolla Village Drive (exit 28) and go west
  • Proceed past the stoplight at Villa La Jolla Drive and move into the right lane
  • Take the right-hand turnoff (Gilman Drive)
  • Turn right onto Gilman Drive
  • Turn left at the stoplight onto Myers Drive
  • Turn right at the stop sign onto Rupertus Way
  • Drop off students and chaperones at the shuttle/bus stop on the right
  • Chaperones must check in upon arrival at the Campus Tours Office, located directly across the street
  • Drivers must continue to bus parking

Parking: Buses with E (Exempt) Plates

Buses with E (exempt) plates are permitted to park at the Bus zone on Pangea Drive

  • At the end of Rupertus Way, turn right onto Russell Lane
  • Turn right at the stoplight onto Gilman Drive
  • Stay right to merge onto La Jolla Village Drive (which becomes N. Torrey Pines Rd)
  • Turn right onto Pangea Drive and park in the bus zones directly on the left and right

Parking: Vans and Buses without E (Exempt) Plates

Vans and buses without E (exempt) plates are only permitted to park in Parking lot P704

  • At the end of Rupertus Way, turn right onto Russell Lane
  • Turn left at the stoplight onto Gilman Drive
  • Turn right at the stop sign onto Voigt Drive
  • Cross over the freeway and go past Preuss School (on left)
  • Turn left into parking lot P704
  • Buses with E (exempt) plates may park anywhere in this lot for FREE
  • Other vehicles are required to purchase permit(s) at the machine in the lot, or ahead of time at the Visitor Information Center on Gilman Drive. (Note: If the driver is staying with the bus, no fee is required.)

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Tours for the Public

If you're not a prospective student, parent or counselor, public tours are perfect for you.

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Questions? Contact Us

For more tour information, parking directions or other questions, contact our Campus Tours Office at (858) 822-4750.

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