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Choose a Campus Tour
Walk a mile (give or take) in our shoes. Pick from a variety of fun and informative student-led tours.
A Day in the Life of a UCR Student
There’s no better way to get a feel for what UC Riverside is all about than to take a campus walking tour with a UCR student as your guide. Experience the sights and sounds of UC Riverside’s bustling student life firsthand as you stroll through campus. You will visit a library, the Highlander Union Building (HUB), the Campus Store, popular student hangouts and more. The route follows a student's walking path to class so you’ll get an idea of what a typical day would be like.
Prospective and newly admitted students and their families can reserve a 50-minute guided tour throughout the year. Reservations are required for all tours, as space is limited.
From 10 to 100, Your Group is Invited!
We’re excited that you’re interested in bringing your group for a visit. Group visits can include an information session facilitated by an admissions counselor, a guided campus tour, residence hall tour, Student Recreation Center tour, Botanic Garden tour and student panels.
The information session will cover admission requirements, important deadlines and application information, as well as housing, financial aid and student life highlights.
The 50-minute campus tour will showcase a library,the Highlander Union Building (HUB) and other great places at UCR. The other tour options listed above take about one hour.
Our office can handle groups between 10 and 100 total per visit. Just complete your reservation and we’ll be in touch!
Elementary & Middle School Groups
Younger groups are encouraged to participate in a campus tour and information session led by UCR students. Residence hall tours and engineering lab tours are not available for these age groups. February through June, elementary and middle school groups are accomodated for a campus tour only which is led by the UCR Junior Ambassador Program. Information sessions can be scheduled.
Our Residence Hall Doors are Always Open
Our student-led residence hall tours last about 60 minutes and include a visit to a room in each of our two traditional residence halls, Aberdeen-Inverness and Lothian, and a room in our suite-style halls in Pentland Hills.
Residence hall tours take place Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. from the Aberdeen-Inverness (A&I) Residence Hall. Please note that housing tours and campus tours are independent of each other. Allow approximately 10 minutes to walk uphill from the end of the campus tour outside the Student Services Building to Aberdeen-Inverness (A&I). The all-day parking permit that you purchased for your campus tour is also valid in Lot 23, which is near the residence halls if you would like to drive instead.
Stay for the food!
In addition to the housing tour, you’re welcome to dine at one of our residential restaurants or in our Highlander Union Building (HUB) on campus, following your tour. This is a great way to experience campus life at UC Riverside and meet current students.
Some Students are 'Bourn' for Engineering
Bourns College of Engineering offers customized engineering lab tours throughout the year for prospective students, parents and guests. These tours are provided by student ambassadors to give guests an up-close look at the state-of-the-art engineering facilities, departments and hands-on student labs. This tour also provide guests with a student's perspective on the academic experiences, social life and ways engineering students have fun and stay connected. Tours should be reserved at least two weeks in advance.
Working Out on Campus Shouldn’t Be a Sweat
Our 80,000+ square foot Student Recreation Center (SRC) features a 6,000 square-foot weight room, 3,000 square-foot cardio area, 30 kinds of classes, hardwood basketball, tennis, racquetball, outdoor hockey, beach and indoor volleyball, badminton, two outdoor tracks, an intense ropes course, rock climbing and an Outdoor Excursions Center. Guided walking tours are available through the Student Recreation Center, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 pm. Reservations are only required for groups larger than 10. Student Recreation Center tours are not scheduled through our office. Instead, you should contact the SRC directly.
Explore Our Gardens
The UCR Botanic Gardens is a living museum, classroom and laboratory. Any group from 10 to 60 persons (or two classes), third-grade to adult, may schedule a tour. Include one adult for every 10 students younger than 18. All groups of more than 10 must schedule their visit in advance. Guided tours are best scheduled at least one month in advance. For people with mobility limitations, ask about wheelchair pathway tours.
Docent-guided tours include general information about the Gardens, desert adaptations of plants, uses of local plants by Native Americans, the state tree and flower and more.
Tour groups are met at the Gardens entrance at the scheduled time. If you arrive early, use the opportunity to peruse pamphlets, get a drink of water and use the restrooms (the next restrooms are 20 to 30 minutes along the tour). Docents are available 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Tours last about an hour, depending on interest and questions.
Most buses can turn around and drop off students near the entrance and park in the Gardens' free lot where they don't block traffic. Buses may also leave campus and return to pick up the students at an appointed time.
There is a 15-minute leeway for arrival. If your group is 15 minutes late, the guided tour is cancelled. Allow plenty of time for loading and traffic. Some classes like to bring a sack lunch to eat on the lawn area after the tour. Tours are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Create Your Own Self-Guided Tour
Go rogue and explore UCR on your own! You can print four different self-guided tour maps ranging from "Highlights and Hidden Treasures" to college-specific routes.