University Communications and Public Affairs


UC San Diego’s Visitors Tour Program offers free tours to local residents, new faculty and staff, first-time visitors and the general public. These Sunday afternoon tours are led by knowledgeable adult volunteer guides who are eager to show you the most notable features of our beautiful 1,200-acre campus.

Students, Parents and Schools

Are you a prospective student, parent or school group looking to tour the campus? We recommend you contact Triton Tours, which are led by UC San Diego students and include an information session with an admissions officer.

All public tours are two hours long and begin at 2 p.m. in Parking Lot P103, near the La Jolla Playhouse. Parking in this lot is free on Sundays. Guests are encouraged to bring their own water on tours.

Walking Tours

First Sunday of every month

Discover the vibrant neighborhoods of UC San Diego, from the unique architecture of the six colleges to the urban district at the heart of campus and the diverse array of living and learning spaces. Get an up-close look at Geisel Library and site-specific sculptures from the world-renowned Stuart Collection—including talking trees, a house that defies gravity and a giant gilded bird. Learn about the history of UC San Diego, from its ocean origins to the former military base and the university’s influence on the region’s biotech boom.

Bus Tours

Remaining Sundays of the month

Take a scenic ride across UC San Diego, with stops at landmarks including the Theatre District, Rady School of Management, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Qualcomm Institute and east campus medical facilities including UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Center and Thornton Hospital. The tour also features visits to several Stuart Collection sculptures, like the iconic “Sun God” and 180-ton granite “Bear,” as well as an opportunity to explore Geisel Library. Bus tours present a comprehensive look at how our 1,200-acre campus has taken shape, including its history, art and architecture.

These tours are not suitable for children under 6 years old.

Green Building Tours

Held quarterly throughout the year

This bus tour highlights UC San Diego’s green building strategies and designs used throughout campus—from solar-heated water systems to drought-resistant landscapes and illumination with natural light. Visitors will learn about the architectural features of buildings that helped achieve LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) as well as the campus’ local, regional and global sustainability impact. Organized in partnership with Facilities Design & Construction, University Communications and Public Affairs, and Dining and Hospitality Services, tours will expand as new campus buildings are certified.

Request a Public Tour Reservation.

After submitting your request a representative will contact you with more information.

Please submit your request no later than noon on the Thursday before the Sunday tour you've chosen. Your reservation request may include up to 4 people.

Blue labeled items are reqiured.

We do our best to respond to each inquiry within 1 business day.

For questions about reservations, call (858) 534-4414.