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Public Tours

Highlighting Campus History, Art and Architecture

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PLEASE NOTE: Until further notice, campus tours offered through the UC San Diego Visitor's Program are cancelled in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. For updates regarding this developing situation, please visit the Return to Learn site.

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. at the corner of Osler Lane and Pharmacy Lane, near the Osler Parking Structure. 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.