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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.


Free COVID-19 vaccines are available at the Price Center COVID-19 Vaccination Site to all UC San Diego students. Appointments are required. We encourage all students to get vaccinated as quickly as possible in order to protect the health and well-being of our campus community.

Find information on the University of California’s vaccination requirement as well as frequently asked questions for students.

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Daily Symptom and Exposure Screening

Testing requirements

  • On-site students who are fully vaccinated: no testing required.
  • On-site students who are not fully vaccinated: weekly testing required.
  • Remote students who are not fully vaccinated: weekly testing recommended.

On-site undergraduate and graduate students who have not been fully vaccinated may fulfill required COVID-19 testing 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). Tests must be conducted weekly, with each test at least 5 days apart and with no more than 9 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) and maintain physical distance. In addition, wash your hands, conduct the daily symptom screening and test weekly if you're on campus and not fully vaccinated.

Learn more about campus safety

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Quarantine and Isolation Housing

Over 600 isolation and quarantine rooms are available for undergraduate and graduate students who test positive for COVID-19 during the academic year. Graduate students may choose to isolate themselves in their apartment with their family with consultation from Student Health Services.

Learn more about housing

Exposure Notification

Add the California COVID 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 COVID Notify

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Dining halls and markets are open and masks must be worn indoors when not actively eating and drinking. Place orders in advance on Triton2Go to help limit crowds and wait time. Housing, Dining, Hospitality restaurant and market seating options are limited and physically distanced. University Centers indoor dining is available at 50% capacity, as well as take-out ordering. 

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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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