Directions &
Parking

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.

Weekdays

Park in lot P704 and pay for parking at one of the nearby kiosks or the ParkMobile App. Take the North Campus Shuttle (the bus with the blue “N”) or the Price Center Express (bus with the green “P”) to Price Center Loop. Exit the shuttle and follow the tour guides or signs to the Triton Center.

View Lot P704 Map

Saturdays

Park in the Gilman Parking Structure and pay for parking at one of the nearby kiosks ParkMobile App. Follow walking signs to the Triton Center.

View Gilman Structure

Paying for Parking

Weekdays

You must purchase a permit to park on campus Monday - Friday.

If you park in lot P704, parking permits are a flat rate of $4 and you may park in any space labelled "D."

If you try to part elsewhere on campus, which we don’t recommend due to limited parking availability at the tour start time, visitors can purchase hourly ($3/hour) or daily ($30/day) parking using pay stations located in each parking area or with the ParkMobile App.

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

For Triton Tours, we recommend a minimum of 4 hours paid parking to ensure that you have ample to for the tour and travel to and from our parking lots.

Pay stations sell Visitor (V) permits. Pay stations do not dispense change. Pay with any combination of the following:

  • Cash — $1, $5, $10 or $20 bills only

  • Visa, MasterCard or American Express

  • Pay by ParkMobile App — Pay for and extend parking sessions

A properly dated V pay station permit provides visitor parking in these spaces:

  • V: 24 hours daily
  • S: 4 p.m. – 7:40 a.m. daily
  • B: 4 p.m. – 7:40 a.m. daily
  • A: 4 p.m. – 7:40 a.m. daily
    • Not valid where posted “A permit required 24 hours a day, 7 days a week”

Once you park and pay/display your permit, follow signs to the Triton Center for your tour.

Saturday

You must purchase a permit to park on campus Saturdays.

Please park in Gilman Parking Structure and purchase an hourly parking permit for the appropriate amount of time at one of the pay stations located on each floor or through the ParkMobile App. The tour is from 10-12pm, but if you arrive early or plan to stay on campus for some time after, please purchase the proper amount of hours in parking.

  • On Weekends, the parking permit rate is $1.50/hour with the first hour being free. The maximum cost for a full day of parking is $6 (equivalent to 5 hours) if you are planning to stay on campus longer.

A properly dated V pay station permit provides visitor parking in these spaces:

  • V: 24 hours daily
  • S: 4 p.m. – 7:40 a.m. daily
  • B: 4 p.m. – 7:40 a.m. daily
  • A: 4 p.m. – 7:40 a.m. daily
    • Not valid where posted “A permit required 24 hours a day, 7 days a week”

Once you park and pay/display your permit, follow signs to the Triton Center for your tour.

Parking with Disabled Person Plates or Placard

Our Triton Tours are accessible for all visitors with disabilities.

Be sure to review the parking information for disabled placards or license plates.

ParkMobile

ParkMobile lets you easily pay for on-street and off-street parking right from your mobile device. You can also reserve parking ahead of time.

Individuals who do not carry smartphones can also pay for parking with ParkMobile by calling (877) 727-5932.

Alternative Transporation to Campus

Lyft to the Triton Center

Ridesharing matches you with a nearby driver who will pick you up and take you where you want to go.
Lyft is the app you use to get a ride in minutes.

First time Lyft riders can enjoy $5 off your ride.
Offer available to Friends and Family of UC San Diego.

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 4 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 is 1 shuttle that easily transports you to main campus from lot P704. Take the North Campus (Blue N), shuttle Price Center Loop.

  • Exit the bus, walk through the Price Center food court and through the grassy quad to reach the Triton Center, just a quick walk away.

  • Look for College Ambassadors in their navy blue polos to direct you onto the right shuttle and from the drop off point to our office.

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, 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 Student 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
  • 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 quickly 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 immediately as this is an active shuttle drop off location

Parking: All large Vans and Buses must park in Parking Lot P782

  • Directions to P782 from the Student Drop-Off Location
  • At the end of Rupertus Way, turn right onto Russell Lane
  • Turn left at the stoplight onto Gilman Drive
  • Follow Gilman Dr to Gilman Bridge/Medical Center Dr.
  • Turn right onto Athena Circle
  • Turn right into parking lot P782

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 for as many spaces that their vehicle takes up.

Note: If the driver is staying with the bus, no fee is required even if the bus is not exempt.

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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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