UC Riverside at Festival of Lights in Downtown Riverside


Ray of Light

Make Your California Dreams a Reality

As a proud member of the world’s most prestigious public university system, UC Riverside both embodies and empowers the California Dream. Experience it yourself, right here on our nearly 1,200-acre campus and beyond into our extended community of Riverside.

Want a virtual introduction before you make the trip to campus? Get to know us online by using our interactive campus map with 360° photos and virtual tours and exploring our degree programs. Then, when you’re ready, schedule a campus tour — and prepare to make your California dreams a reality!

Experience Riverside

Riverside is a vibrant college town with something for everyone. We have everything from arts and culture to family fun, outdoor adventures, festivals, sports, and nightlife. This bustling city boasts a variety of eclectic eateries, music venues, craft breweries, indie shops, and quaint boba and coffee houses — some owned and operated by UCR alumni!

Explore the city on your own through a self-guided walking tour of downtown and experience all Riverside has to offer — including our robust culinary culture and myriad dining options. If you’re here around the holidays, be sure to check out the Festival of Lights surrounding the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa — it’s ranked the top public lights display in the nation by USA Today!


Go Beyond Riverside

There’s plenty to explore beyond our city limits, too. Riverside’s central location in Southern California means beaches, deserts, and mountains — all less than an hour away. Traveling by air? Ontario International Airport (ONT) is a quick 20-minute drive from campus.

Here’s a handful of places you may want to visit while you’re here — all just a quick trip from campus!