Visiting Irvine Resources

Current UCI students can make progress toward their degree year round. Choose from over 800+ courses in 70 academic disciplines. Enrollment opens March 1, 2024.

Local Attractions

Orange County is surrounded by the best attractions, dining options, and entertainment centers that the United States has to offer. Sunny beaches, vibrant sports scenes, and rich arts and entertainment make up just fraction of what is available to visitors. Get a glimpse of your options below.

Things to Do

Sandy Beaches

Southern California is home to beautiful beaches, each of which with their own distinct feel. Popular options include:


Attractions and Theme Parks

UCI is located within driving distance of a number of acclaimed theme parks and attractions, including:


Visual and Performing Arts

Get a first-hand look at everything from local artisans to world-class theater, ballet, and dance. For more information, check out the following:



There is no shortage of shopping centers in Orange County. Some of the most popular centers in the area include:



The sports scene in Southern California is as vibrant as ever, especially in summer! Catch a game with one of the area’s sports teams:



Whether it’s Indian, Japanese, or Italian, Irvine is home to an array of global fare. Check out some popular choices:



From the park in the middle of our campus to the numerous hikes and nature reserves in the area, UC Irvine is a perfect destination for nature-lovers:


Los Angeles

Los Angeles is an immensely popular city and the center of the nation’s film and television industry. Good times are only an hour away:


San Diego

San Diego is known for its beaches, parks and warm climate. A quick drive south will put you at the heart of what San Diego has to offer:

Dining & Retail within Walking Distance

University Town Center

University Town Center (UTC) has a number of food and retail options open for the community, including In-N-Out Burger and Chipotle. View a full list of amenities here.

Campus Plaza

Campus Plaza is a popular shopping center within a 5-minute walk from the on-campus residential community: Arroyo Vista. View a full list of amenities here.

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