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Standard Route to Santa Cruz
  • From the San Francisco Airport take I-280 South to Highway 85 South to Highway 17, which will take you directly to Santa Cruz.
  • From San Jose Airport or Berkeley area, take I-880 South which becomes Highway 17, which will take you directly to Santa Cruz.
  • For additional locations in the Bay Area, please see UCSC Maps/Campus Directions.
  • Once in Santa Cruz take Highway 1 North (sign reads: Highway 1 North, Half Moon Bay, San Francisco).
  • Highway 1 will become Mission St.
  • From Mission St. turn right onto Bay St.
  • Bay St. leads directly to the UCSC University main entrance.
  • Parking permits may be purchased, and/or picked up at the TAPS Information Kiosk located on the right. Please follow signs.
  • Continue straight up the main University road which turns into Coolidge Drive.
  • Stay on Coolidge Dr. as it turns into McLaughlin Dr.
  • Continue through stop signs to end of road. This will be Heller Dr.
  • Make a left on Heller Dr.
  • At first stop sign make a left into the Core West Parking Structure.
  • See map for walking directions from parking garage to SCIPP.
    The SCIPP department and labs are located on the third floor of the Natural Sciences 2 (NS2) building. The NS2 building is behind the Science Library. A Parking Permit is required to park on campus without being ticketed. Purchase a permit at the Information Kiosk located at the main entrance.
    If you are a guest of SCIPP, we will provide a permit for you in advance and it will be waiting for you under your name at the Information Kiosk located at the main entrance. Parking is limited please allow for ample time.
Scenic Route to Santa Cruz
  • Take Highway 1 South (Coastal) to Santa Cruz
  • Entering Santa Cruz, Highway 1 turns into Mission St.
  • Proceed until you reach the cross street: Bay St.
  • Turn left and continue up Bay St.
  • (See directions above for University)



Airport shuttles:

Shuttle services from the airport to campus or to your lodging are available for a fee:

Car rental:

Follow the directions provided to make a reservation for a discounted UC-contracted rate on a rental car used for official UCSC business

Public transport:

Public transportation options to, from, and around Santa Cruz can be

found at:

Please contact Vicki Johnson with any questions about travel or this page.
Last update: January 4, 2012