Directions to UC Santa Cruz

Driving directions to COSMOS on the UC Santa Cruz campus are indicated below.

Driving from the East Bay

  • Take Interstate 880 south toward San Jose.
  • I-880 will become Highway 17 south in the city of San Jose.
  • Remain on Hwy 17 south for about 32 miles.
  • Once out of the Santa Cruz Mountains, take the Hwy 1 north exit toward Half Moon Bay.
  • Follow the road signs to the main entrance of UC Santa Cruz.
  • Hwy 1 north will turn into Mission Street in the city of Santa Cruz.
  • Once on Mission Street, make a right turn onto Bay Dr.
  • Bay Dr. will take you to the main entrance of campus.
  • Proceed straight to enter the UC Santa Cruz campus.
  • Bay Dr turns into Coolidge Dr. when you enter campus.
  • Proceed straight on Coolidge, passing through two stop lights, and going up the hill around the east side of campus.
  • At the east end of the main campus, Collidge ducks into the redwoods and turns into McLaughlin Dr.
  • On McLaughlin Dr., proceed straight through two stop signs, and turn right onto College Nine Rd.
  • Follow College Nine Rd. up the hill to college Nine Circle where COSMOS is located in the College Nine Dorms.

 

Driving from the North Bay

  • Take Interstate 280 south toward San Jose.
  • From I-280 south, take the Hwy 85 south exit toward Gilroy.
  • From Hwy 85 south, take the Hwy 17 south exit toward Santa Cruz.
  • Remain on Hwy 17 south for about 32 miles.
  • Once out of the Santa Cruz Mountains, take the Hwy 1 north exit toward Half Moon Bay.
  • Follow the road signs to the main entrance of UC Santa Cruz.
  • Hwy 1 north will turn into Mission Street in the city of Santa Cruz.
  • Once on Mission Street, make a right turn onto Bay Dr.
  • Bay Dr. will take you to the main entrance of campus.
  • Proceed straight to enter the UC Santa Cruz campus.
  • Bay Dr turns into Coolidge Dr. when you enter campus.
  • Proceed straight on Coolidge, passing through two stop lights, and going up the hill around the east side of campus.
  • At the east end of the main campus, Collidge ducks into the redwoods and turns into McLaughlin Dr.
  • On McLaughlin Dr., proceed straight through two stop signs, and turn right onto College Nine Rd.
  • Follow College Nine Rd. up the hill to college Nine Circle where COSMOS is located in the College Nine Dorms.

 

Driving from Monterey and Further South

  • Take Hwy 1 north toward Santa Cruz/Half Moon Bay.
  • Hwy 1 north will turn into Mission Street in the city of Santa Cruz.
  • Once on Mission Street, make a right turn onto Bay Dr.
  • Bay Dr. will take you to the main entrance of campus.
  • Proceed straight to enter the UC Santa Cruz campus.
  • Bay Dr turns into Coolidge Dr. when you enter campus.
  • Proceed straight on Coolidge, passing through two stop lights, and going up the hill around the east side of campus.
  • At the east end of the main campus, Collidge ducks into the redwoods and turns into McLaughlin Dr.
  • On McLaughlin Dr., proceed straight through two stop signs, and turn right onto College Nine Rd.
  • Follow College Nine Rd. up the hill to college Nine Circle where COSMOS is located in the College Nine Dorms.

 

Parking

UCSC offers free parking on the weekends. This applies to "general parking" spaces only, not metered spaces or spaces marked as reserved for staff or faculty. Cars that are parked illegally (in spaces designated for others or in areas not designated for parking) may receive a parking ticket.  On COSMOS Opening and Closing Days, we request that parents dropping off and picking up students park at the Core West Parking Structure.  Those visiting campus at other times of the year may review a UCSC parking map.

For information on overnight lodging and places to stay while in Santa Cruz, click here.