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Student Life

A surfer is hit by a wave just north of Scripps Pier

A surfer is hit by a wave just north of Scripps Pier

San Diego is one of the most popular destinations in the United States, with a diverse cross-section of society, picturesque settings, miles of beaches, and the assortment of sports and leisure activities that Southern California is famous for. (See the latest events and activities offered by UC San Diego.)


San Diego's predominantly warm, sunny weather is one of its main attractions. Winters are very mild with an average temperature of 58 degrees Fahrenheit (14 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures range between 70 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit (22 and 30 degrees Celsius).


For more than 40 years, TG has been a weekly social event at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Members gather at Surfside -- at the Scripps Seaside Forum -- each Friday for a social function hosted by various volunteer members of the Scripps Academic Club. These gatherings promote a sense of community at Scripps and provide an invaluable social network for graduate students, faculty, and staff. These meetings also help foster intra-departmental bonds at Scripps by bringing together members of the Scripps community who do not see each other on a regular basis.

Sports & Recreation

With more than 70 miles of beaches, a semi-enclosed bay (Mission Bay), and numerous canyon trails and national parks, San Diego enjoys a diverse array of outdoor activities including watersports (surfing, sailing, sea kayaking, kelp forest SCUBA diving, snorkeling, whale watching) and land-based sports (hiking, biking, running, racing). Several world-famous surfing beaches and dive sites are close to Scripps, as well as the nearby La Jolla Glider Port for airborne adventurers.

Arts & Culture

A thriving arts and culture community is found in San Diego, with over 90 museums, two Tony Award-winning theatres, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Opera, the Mainly Mozart Festival, the La Jolla Summerfest, diverse live music, innovative dance, and numerous festivals.