Student Life – UCSD Medical Scientist Education Program


There are several University-owned housing options. There is a guaranteed space at One Miramar Graduate Apartments. Other apartments owned by the university are Coast Apartments and Mesa Residential Apartments.

The University maintains an off-campus housing office to provide rental listings and general rental information.


A car is necessary to fully explore the educational opportunities available. For personal travel, the San Diego Trolley serves the Mexican border at Tijuana, Amtrak offers trains to Los Angeles, and planes from San Diego International Airport will get you wherever you need to go.

For more information about parking and transportation at UC San Diego, visit the UC San Diego Transportation and Parking Services website.

Culture & Leisure

Although San Diego is widely recognized for the
San Diego-ZohSea World and its professional sports teams (the
padres), a wide range of cultural activities (art, dance, music, theater and film from around the world) are available both on campus and in the greater San Diego community. Many of our students frequently attend plays and musicals performed by the famous
La Jolla Theater located on campus as well as concerts from
San Diego Symphony. Local nightlife centers around bars, nightclubs, restaurants and theaters in the city center
Gaslamp Quarter. For a typical preview of upcoming San Diego entertainment, try the
Union Tribune entertainment page.

The medical school sponsors its own annual literary magazine, art exhibit, and talent show.


Extensive sports facilities are located throughout the UCSD campus. Due to the mild climate, outdoor facilities including tennis, basketball and sand volleyball courts, two Olympic-size swimming pools and 30 acres of sports fields are available year-round. Indoor facilities at the state-of-the-art Recreational and Intramural Sports Complex (RIMAC) include a 12,000 square foot weight room; a 5,000-seat hall for sports, conferences and concerts; racquetball, squash, basketball, volleyball and badminton courts; and many other unique facilities. An indoor climbing center is available for a small fee. The University also offers many recreational courses, organizes outdoor expeditions and rents recreational equipment to students at very competitive prices.

The nearby Pacific Ocean, mountains, and desert provide a wealth of recreational opportunities throughout the year. Many of our students take advantage of our proximity to the Pacific Ocean to engage in activities such as scuba diving, surfing and sailing. Others take weekends off to the mountains to ski, hike, camp or climb.

San Diego is home to many
beaches which our MSTP interns regularly take advantage of. Famous Black’s Beach is a stone’s throw from the Salk Institute, and La Jolla Shores Beach is a short drive from campus. Some students who live in the Coast Apartments have the wonderful advantage of having an ocean view.

Health care

Comprehensive medical insurance and fees for on-campus student health services are both paid for by the program. Medical insurance includes dental and vision plans. Learn more about UC SHIP here.