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Visiting the UCR Campus

Whether you've scheduled a Campus Tour or are coming to the University of California, Riverside for one of our special events, here's all the information you need about getting to campus.

  • 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 Reservation

If you've scheduled a Campus Tour, parking is free with a confirmed reservation. Please bring your confirmation email and check in at the University Kiosk. If 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, east of parking lot 1. Follow the path from the flagpole. The building will be on your left. Look for the orange Campus Tours Office sign.

Getting Here

  • Air

    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) 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.

    Super Shuttle provides a 24-hour shuttle service from most airports to UCR. Make a reservation two to three days in advance.

  • Train

    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 and 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.

  • 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.

  • Car

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

Staying Here

  • Hotels

    There are a number of hotels in Riverside that are easily accessible to campus via car or bus (a few are even walkable!). Be sure to ask about discounted rates for guests visiting UCR!

  • Dining

    If you're looking for a cup of coffee, quick snack or full meal, UCR's campus dining options have you covered! Discover more choices just off campus at University VillageThe Getaway Café or Sub Station (all within walking distance of UCR). Restaurants in downtown Riverside and Canyon Crest are easy to get to via car or bus.

  • Things to Do

    When you come for your campus tour, take time to not only explore UCR but everything our local region has to offer. Start by learning about Riverside and everything that makes it an exciting place to learn and live!