Take a Campus Tour
There's no better way to see UC Riverside than by reserving a walking tour, and there's no better guide than a UCR student! All of our campus tour guides are current undergraduate students – your best link to UCR.
There’s no better way to get a feel for life at UCR than to take a tour with a UCR
student as your guide. The route follows a student's walking path to class so you’ll
get an idea of what a typical day would be like. Visit a library, the Highlander Union
Building (HUB), the Campus Store, popular student hangouts and more.
Prospective and newly admitted students and their families can reserve a 50-minute guided tour throughout the year. Reservations are required for all tours, as space is limited.
Schedule a campus tour.
We’re excited that you’re interested in bringing your group for a visit! Group visits
can include an information session facilitated by an admissions counselor, a guided
campus tour, residence hall tour, Student Recreation Center tour, Botanic Garden tour
and student panels.
The information session will cover admission requirements, important deadlines and application information, as well as housing, financial aid and student life highlights.
The 50-minute campus tour will showcase a library, the Highlander Union Building (HUB) and other great places at UCR. The other tour options listed above take about one hour.
Our office can handle groups between 10 and 100 total per visit. Just complete your reservation and we’ll be in touch!
Elementary & Middle School Groups
Younger groups are encouraged to participate in a campus tour and information session led by UCR students. Residence hall tours and engineering lab tours are not available for these age groups. February through June, elementary and middle school groups are accommodated for a campus tour only which is led by the UCR Junior Ambassador Program. Information sessions can be scheduled.
Schedule a group tour.
See group directions and bus parking information .
Our student-led residence hall tour lasts about one hour and includes a visit to a
room in Aberdeen-Inverness (our traditional residence hall) and a room in our suite-style
halls in Pentland Hills.
Residence hall tours take place Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. from the Aberdeen-Inverness (A&I) Residence Hall.
Please note that housing tours and campus tours are independent of each other.
Allow approximately 10 minutes to walk uphill from the end of the campus tour outside the Student Services Building to Aberdeen-Inverness (A&I).
The all-day parking permit that you purchased for your campus tour is also valid in Lot 23, which is near the residence halls if you would like to drive instead.
Stay for the food!
In addition to the housing tour, you’re welcome to dine at one of our residential restaurants or in our Highlander Union Building (HUB) on campus, following your tour. This is a great way to experience campus life at UC Riverside and meet current students.
Schedule a residence hall tour.
The Bourns College of Engineering offers customized engineering lab tours throughout the year for prospective students,
parents and guests. These tours are provided by student ambassadors and give guests
an up-close look at the state-of-the-art engineering facilities, departments and hands-on
student labs. The tour also provides a student's perspective on the academic experience,
social life and ways engineering students have fun and stay connected.
Tours should be reserved at least two weeks in advance.
Schedule a Bourns College of Engineering tour.
Come check out the 155,000+ square foot Student Recreation Center (SRC)! It features a giant weight area with nine Olympic platforms; 100 cardio machines;
basketball, volleyball and badminton courts; fitness and dance studios; an indoor
and outdoor track; a demo kitchen; a sparkling pool with a lazy river; a rock wall
and an Outdoor Excursions shop.
Guided walking tours are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 pm. Reservations are only required for groups larger than 10. Student Recreation Center tours are not scheduled through our office. Instead, you should contact the SRC directly.
Contact the Student Recreation Center to schedule a tour.
The UCR Botanic Gardens is a living museum, classroom and laboratory. It covers 40 hilly acres of scenic
trails, specialty gardens and geographical collections.
Docent-Guided Group Tours
Any group from 10 to 60 persons (or two classes), third-grade to adult, may schedule a tour. Include one adult for every 10 students younger than 18. All groups of more than 10 must schedule their visit in advance. Guided tours are best scheduled at least one month in advance. For people with mobility limitations, ask about wheelchair pathway tours.
Docent-guided tours include general information about the Gardens, desert adaptations of plants, uses of local plants by Native Americans, the state tree and flower and more.
Tour groups are met at the Gardens entrance at the scheduled time. If you arrive early, use the opportunity to peruse pamphlets, get a drink of water and use the restrooms (the next restrooms are 20 to 30 minutes along the tour).
Docents are available 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Tours
last about an hour, depending on interest and questions.
Most buses can turn around and drop off students near the entrance and park in the Gardens' free lot where they don't block traffic. Buses may also leave campus and return to pick up the students at an appointed time.
Please Be Prompt
There is a 15-minute leeway for arrival. If your group is 15 minutes late, the guided tour is cancelled. Allow plenty of time for loading and traffic. Some classes like to bring a sack lunch to eat on the lawn area after the tour. Tours are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Schedule a Botanic Gardens Tour.
Go rogue and explore UCR on your own! Download our fun self-guided tour maps:
"Highlights and Hidden Treasures" General Tour
Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) Tour
College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) Tour
College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) Tour