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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 fall quarter. Students can learn more about remote learning resources, student services and other updates on the Student Affairs COVID-19 page.

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Daily Symptom and Exposure Screening

Asymptomatic Testing

  • Required for all undergraduate and graduate students living on campus or on UC property or traveling to campus or any UC location or property, who have not been fully vaccinated (two weeks after final dose).
  • Voluntary for students living in the San Diego area and studying remotely.
  • Tests must be conducted weekly, with each test at least 5 days apart and with no more than 9 days between tests.
  • For on-campus students or students coming to campus who are completing their first-ever UC San Diego COVID-19 test, you must login to MyStudentChart using your AD credentials and make an appointment at the Price Center clinic or the drive thru testing sites. Vending machines can be used for subsequent testing.
  • There is no cost if testing is completed through Student Health Services or any UC San Diego Health location.
  • Test results will be received usually within 24 hours on your MyStudentChart app if it is negative. You will receive a phone call from Student Health Services if it is positive.

See all testing options »

Symptomatic or Exposure Testing

  • Students who have been fully vaccinated (two weeks after final dose of vaccine) are no longer required to complete weekly asymptomatic tests.
  • Symptomatic testing remains available for all undergraduate and graduate students in the San Diego area.
  • No cost if completed through Student Health Services or any UC San Diego Health location.
  • If exposed, testing is offered at Day 5-10 after the last date of exposure.

Learn more on the Student Screening and Testing page »

Keep Tritons Safer

Keep your fellow Tritons safe by wearing your face covering whenever you are outside your residence and maintain physical distance. In addition, wash your hands, conduct the daily symptom screening and test twice a month. Also, add CA COVID Notify to your phone to be notified of potential exposure.

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. 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 dining is to-go and take-out only.

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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