Living in San Diego

Welcome to San Diego! Within this section of our website, you can find helpful information that can be useful as you settle into your new surroundings.

Cultural Adjustment:

  • Would you like to start adapting to your new surroundings? The information about cultural adjustment can help you understand American norms and stages of culture shock.

English Language Resources:

  • Need help with your English language skills? Refer to our English language resources page.


  • Should you be looking for housing options around UC San Diego, or would like more information on how to set-up a new home, the housing webpage will be quite useful.

Identification Documents:

  • Information on how to apply for a Social Security Number, California Driver's License, and Campus ID card can be found within the identification documents section.

Legal Matters:

  • Looking for an immigration attorney and resources related to immigration law? Visit our page regarding legal matters.

Money and Banking:

  • Trying to open a bank account? We discuss this topic and other information under money and banking.


  • If you are looking for activities around San Diego, or would like to live a more active lifestyle, the recreation page will provide ample resources for you.

Safety & Security:

  • Interested in finding ways to prevent crime, prepare for earthquakes, or get emergency notifications? The safety & security information will provide basic information on topics like these.


  • Is the tax season is coming up? Review basic tax advice provided by International Students & Programs Office.


  • Looking for ways to get around the city? Visit our page on transportation and commuting alternatives for infomation about vanpools, carpools, busses & UC San Diego shuttles, bicycling, and more. 

U.S. Holidays:

  • Wondering what days UC San Diego will be officially closed for holidays, and what they are each commemorating? Look at our list of major U.S. holidays.

We hope these resources help you during your stay in San Diego.