Living in San Diego & the USA

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.

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.