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Quick Guide for Students

This guide provides undergraduate, graduate and professional students with the key information that they need to have a safe and successful academic year. Students can learn more about remote learning support, student services, mental health resources and other updates on the Student Affairs COVID-19 page.


All students are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, per a University of California mandate. The policy allows for exception or deferral for eligible individuals. Vaccination documentation must be submitted by Sept. 6, and requests for exception or deferral must be submitted no later than Sept. 2. Find information on the University of California's frequently asked questions for students.

Free COVID-19 vaccines are available at the Price Center COVID-19 Vaccination Site to all UC San Diego students. Appointments are required. 

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Daily Symptom and Exposure Screening

Testing requirements

  • On-site students who are fully vaccinated: weekly testing required for the first four weeks of the fall quarter.
  • On-site students who are not fully vaccinated: ongoing twice-weekly testing required.
  • Remote students who are not fully vaccinated: weekly testing recommended. If coming to campus for any reason, required to test within 72 hours of arrival and on the day of arrival.

COVID-19 testing is available through free, self-administered test kits retrieved from campus vending machines (no appointment needed); provider-observed, self-administered testing at Price Center (appointment needed); or provider-administered testing via drive thru (appointment needed). On-site unvaccinated students must test twice-weekly, with each test at least 3 days apart and with no more than 5 days between tests. Learn more on the Testing and Screening webpage.

Symptomatic testing will also remain available for students, faculty and staff. If you become symptomatic after vaccination, get tested. Our continued vigilance is important to the overall health of our campus community.

Keep Tritons Safer

Keep your fellow Tritons safe by wearing your face covering whenever you are indoors (except in your residence). In addition, get vaccinated, conduct the daily symptom screening and test twice-weekly if you're on campus and not fully vaccinated.

Learn more about campus safety

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Quarantine and Isolation Housing

In the event a student living in on-campus housing tests positive for COVID-19 at any time during the academic year, they will be moved to designated off-campus isolation housing, where Student Health and Well-being Services will provide care and ensure basic needs such as food delivery are met. Graduate students may choose to isolate themselves in their apartment with their family with consultation and approval from Student Health Services. 

Learn more about housing

Exposure Notification

Add the CA Notify app to your phone to receive an alert if you’ve potentially been exposed to COVID-19. This program has the potential to help stop the spread of the infection and its use is highly encouraged, but it is completely voluntary.

Add CA Notify

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Academic Resources

The majority of fall courses will be held in-person with indoor and outdoor classrooms. Some key courses will be offered remotely so that students who are unable to join us from abroad due to visa or travel restrictions can continue to make progress on their academic journey.



Housing, Dining, Hospitality (HDH) and University Centers restaurants, dining halls and markets are open for indoor and outdoor dining. Masks must be worn indoors when not actively eating and drinking. Check out the campus's mobile ordering platform, Triton2Go, where campus community members can place their orders in advance to help limit crowds and wait time.

HDH menus and hours »

University Centers menus and hours »

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Triton Food Pantry

Students can schedule to pick up a pre-bagged selection of food from the Triton Food Pantry up to once per week. Orders should be placed at least three days in advance, and masks must be worn to pick up your order.

Place an order

Student Life

Learn about what’s happening on campus through the Virtual Student Union. Tune into a virtual performance event through ArtPower, join an Esports team, get moving in an online yoga class and more.

Visit the virtual student union

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We are in the midst of extraordinary times, and our emotions reflect this. If you’re not feeling like yourself, it may be time to reach out. Counseling and Psychological Services is here for you, available for confidential one-on-one virtual visits. Call 858-534-3755 to connect with us.

More about CAPS services

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