Get to Know UCR
There's no better way to get a feel for life at UC Riverside than with a campus tour! Explore UCR's colleges, get to know our campus history and culture, and discover why UCR is home to bold and brilliant students just like you!
Come to campus and bring up to three (3) guests! Register for a general campus tour or an information session.
Self-Guided Tour Map
Explore UCR on your schedule and at your own pace! Our self-guided tour map is full of must-see campus landmarks and fun facts. If driving, a parking pass will be required.
We offer 60-minute student-led group tours to high schools and community colleges that work with prospective students.
Middle and Elementary School Group Tours
Student-led 60-minute walking tour for students to explore resources, academics, and life at UCR!
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).
Spend time in the labs, classrooms, and study spaces at the School of Medicine (SOM).
See what it’s like to live in a Residence Hall at UCR.
Get a peek at the Highlander experience.
After your tour is complete, see more of what our campus and community have to offer.
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, 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.
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 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.
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.
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
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 Drive 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 the Campus Tours Office 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 (right), east of Lot 1. Follow the path from flagpole and pass the Student Success Center on the left. The next building on the left is the Student Services Building, where the Campus Tours Office is located on the first floor. Look for the orange "Campus Tours" sign above the outside-facing front door.. The building will be on your left. Look for the Campus Tours Office sign.
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.
Campus Tours Frequently Asked Questions