Directions and Parking

UC Santa Cruz is located on California’s Central Coast overlooking the spectacular Monterey Bay – 75 miles south of San Francisco, 45 miles north of Monterey and Carmel, and about 35 miles over the coastal mountains from Silicon Valley and San Jose. The campus address is: 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064.
  • From San Jose Airport (SJC):
 Take Route 880 south to Highway 17 south to Route 1 north to Santa Cruz (about 33 miles).

    From San Francisco Airport (SFO):
 Take Route 101 south to Route 85 south to Highway 17 south to Route 1 north to Santa Cruz (about 62 miles).

    From Oakland Airport (OAK):
 Take Route 880 south to Highway 17 south to Route 1 north to Santa Cruz (about 66 miles).

    From Monterey Airport:
 Take Route 1 north to Santa Cruz (about 45 miles).

    From Southern and Central California:
 Take Route 101 north to Route 156 west to Route 1 north. Then follow Route 1 north to Santa Cruz.

    From Northern California:
 Take Route 5 south to Route 80 west to Route 680 south to Route 280 north. Then take Highway 17 south to Route 1 north to Santa Cruz.

  • From Highway 17, exit Highway 1 North (toward Half Moon Bay) and make a slight right to follow the highway as it becomes Mission Street through town. Travel approximately one mile north to Bay Street in Santa Cruz. Turn right on Bay and proceed up the hill to the main campus entrance at Bay St and High St. Stop at the main entrance kiosk for a parking permit. If the kiosk is closed please go to the campus parking office.

  • Once you pass though the main UCSC entrance on Bay Street and High Street, continue on Bay Street which becomes Glenn Coolidge Drive. Continue straight on Glenn Coolidge Drive. You’ll pass two stoplights; then, Glenn Coolidge Drive will curve to the left and become McLaughlin Drive.  Stay on McLaughlin Drive and turn left into the entrance of Cowell College, before the corner of Hagar Drive and McLaughlin Drive. The Humanities Building complex will be on your right as you drive into the entrance of Cowell College. Those walking or arriving by Metro bus or campus shuttle should disembark at the Crown/Merrill bus stop (campus shuttle and Metro bus lines 10, 12, 16, 20). THI is located in the Humanities 1 Building.
    Printable Humanities Map

  • One-day visitor permits may be purchased Monday – Friday at the main entrance Kiosk from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM and at the TAPS Sales Office from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM for $5 – $10. Parking permits are required seven days a week in the lots located closest to the Humanities Building (Cowell/Stevenson parking lots 106, 107, 108, 109, and 110). On evenings and weekends, you can buy a permit using ParkMobile after 4:30 PM on weekdays and all day on weekends. It is recommended to download the app before arriving on campus. Click here for more parking info, or call (831) 459-4543.

    Those needing accessible parking spaces have several options. There are two accessible spaces located in front of the Humanities and Social Sciences Facility, one space in the Cowell Circle, and several “medical” spaces reserved in the first small lot 106 mentioned above. (“Medical” spaces are reserved for those with disabilities. but who doesn’t need the additional width of standard accessible parking spaces.) An ADA placard or Medical permit is needed to park in the “Medical” spaces.

  • Below are a list of hotels and airport shuttles we commonly use:

    Dream Inn (831) 426-4330
    West Cliff Inn (831) 457-2200
    Hotel Paradox (831) 425-7100
    Sea and Sand Inn (831) 427-3400

    Uber/Lyft (most affordable shuttle option)
    Santa Cruz Airport Flyer (shared ride shuttle) (831) 423-5937
    Early Bird Airport Shuttle (831) 462-3933
    Santa Cruz Shuttle (831) 421-9883
    Ruben’s Airport Shuttle (831) 325-5836
    Coastal Express Transportation (831) 768-8007

For more information or for recommendations on lodging and transportation, please contact Jessica Guild at or 831-459-1274.