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Campus Tours


COVID-19 Update:

In-person UCR Campus Tours have been canceled until further notice. If you are registered for a tour that has been canceled, you will be notified when registration is once again available.

Use the links below to take interactive virtual tours of UCR and check out these videos for a student-led look at UCR Campus, Dining, and Housing, as well as the vibrant city of Riverside.

While we aren't able to provide in-person tours at this time, we are developing opportunities to connect virtually so all of your questions about UCR are able to be answered. Once developed, we will provide notification of these opportunities via multiple platforms. We look forward to welcoming you to UCR soon.

Get to Know UCR

There's no better way to get a feel for life at UC Riverside than from a current UCR student! Throughout the campus closure, our tour guides and engineering ambassadors are hosting webinars for admitted and prospective students, and their families, giving you the opportunity to connect virtually with a current UCR student and learn more about the campus experience. We can’t wait to tell you about our incredible campus!  


  (951) 827-8687
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Connect With a Student Ambassador

Sign up for a one-hour webinar hosted by our Student Ambassadors. We will cover our colleges and schools, the life of a UCR student, and answer any questions you may have. Sesiones en Español disponibles.

Connect With a Student Ambassador



Schedule a Group Session (5+Students)

Join a current student through a virtual meeting and explore the resources, academic programs and student life opportunities awaiting you as a prospective Highlander! For groups of 5 or more.­

Schedule a Group Session



Connect With Undergraduate Admissions

Sign up for webinars hosted by our admissions counselors, current students, and resource experts. We will cover next steps for admitted students, the application process for prospective students, and answer any questions you may have. 

For Freshmen   For Transfers


Take a Virtual Tour



Explore the labs, lecture halls, and study spaces at the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE).



Take a look inside the buildings that make up the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS).



Discover the collections, classrooms, and labs of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS).



Visit the classrooms, offices, and study spaces within the School of Business (Business).

Tour Business


Spend time in the labs, classrooms, and study spaces at the School of Medicine (SOM). 

Tour SOM


See what it’s like to live in a Residence Hall at UCR.

Tour Housing


Student Life

Get a peek at the Highlander experience.

Tour Student Life




After your tour is complete, see more of what our campus and community have to offer.


Campus Dining

Whether you need a snack, cup of coffee, or full meal, we’ve got you covered! Get snacks and more from Scotty's. Coffee is served at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Ivan's, and Starbucks. Get a quick bite in the HUB Food Court (with Chronic Tacos, Hibachi-San, MOD Pizza, and Panda Express), Subway, The Habit, Bytes, or Emerbee's. Enjoy all-you-care-to-eat dining in our residence halls. Visit dining.ucr.edu to see all of our culinary offerings.


UCR Library

Our libraries are home to many notable collections, including African American, Native American, Latin American, Chinese, and Sikh history and literature; science fiction, fantasy, and horror, manuscripts, comic books, fanzines, correspondence, and photography; as well as local history, agriculture, and medical education. Visit library.ucr.edu to learn more about our collections and upcoming exhibits.


UCR Botanic Gardens

Our Botanic Gardens cover 40 acres in the foothills of the Box Springs Mountains, just east of the center of campus. Open most days from 8 a.m.–5 p.m., the gardens feature more than 3,500 plant species and thousands of specimens from around the world. Visit gardens.ucr.edu to learn more about the gardens and planning your trip.


UCR Athletics

UCR is home to 17 men’s and women’s NCAA Division I teams. Catch a game, meet, or match while you’re on campus and cheer on the Highlanders to victory! Visit gohighlanders.com  for team schedules and ticket information.


UCR Arts

Located 10 minutes west of campus in Downtown Riverside, UCR Arts is home to the California Museum of Photography, the Jack and Marilyn Sweeney Art Gallery, and the Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts. Visit artsblock.ucr.edu  to learn more about special exhibits, the permanent collections, film screenings, and events.


Explore Riverside

After your tour, spend some time getting to know the vibrant cultural hub and economic powerhouse we call home. Visit admissions.ucr.edu/about-riverside to learn more about everything there is to do in Riverside. 



Getting to UCR

Tours Office
Here's all the information you need about getting to campus for your tour.

• UC Riverside is located at 900 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92521. 
• If driving, check in at the University Kiosk at 141 West Campus Dr. for a parking pass (required).
• For Group Tours, review and print out these directions to UCR with loading/unloading instructions.

Parking is free with a confirmed Campus Tour reservation.

Please bring your confirmation email and check in at theIf you don't have your confirmation email, regular parking rates will apply. Cash, MasterCard, and Visa are accepted.

The Campus Tours Office is located on the first floor of the Student Services Building, (right) east of Lot 1. Follow the path from the flagpole. The building will be on your left. Look for the Campus Tours Office sign. As construction begins on the Student Success Center just west of our office, there will be additional signage guiding you to Campus Tours.



Ontario International Airport (ONT) is the most convenient air travel choice, located about 20 miles (32 km) northwest of UCR. By car, it takes 20 minutes to get to UCR from ONT in light traffic and up to an hour at rush hour. Bus and shuttle transportation options are also available.

John Wayne Orange County Airport (SNA) to is 45 miles (72 km) southwest of UCR. By car, it takes 45 minutes to get to campus from the airport, though that travel time can triple in rush hour traffic. Shuttle options are also available.

Long Beach Airport (LGB) is 60 miles (97 km) west of UCR. By car, it takes about an hour in light traffic to get to UCR and up to two-and-a-half hours in heavy traffic. Shuttle options are also available. 

Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) is 60 miles (97 km) east of UCR. By car, it takes 50 minutes to get to the campus, but that jumps to an hour-and-a-half at rush hour.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is about 70 miles (113 km) west of UCR. By car, it takes about an hour-and-15-minutes to get to the campus in light traffic, though that travel time increases to over three hours in the heaviest traffic. Shuttle options are also available.



Metrolink  is the regional rail system linking Riverside County to Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura counties. UCR is located near the Riverside – Downtown Riverside – Hunter Park/UCR  stations, and Riverside Transit Agency (RTA)  bus transportation is available from both stations to campus.

Amtrak is a national rail system that operates across the United States. The Riverside – Downtown station is accessible to campus via RTA bus.



Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) buses connect UCR to the surrounding communities as well as the Riverside – Downtown and Riverside – Hunter Park/UCR train stations.

OmniTrans provides bus service from Ontario International Airport (ONT) to campus.



If you’re driving to UCR, review our driving directions prior to your visit. If needed, car rental facilities are available at all major airports.

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