Riverside, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$35,838 ($12,960)
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3 College Junior

Weather: Weather is bipolar at times.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: It generally does not affect my campus experience. The weather in my hometown is exactly the same. The rain does bother me sometimes.

5 College Freshman

Weather: SoCal weather!. A little hotter then Los Angeles, but it's still SoCal whether.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is so hot. Regardless of the weather forecast, it always ends up being hot.

1 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The heat during summer was awful. Parking seems to have some kind of VIP system so most normal students had to walk to lot 30.


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  • 32nd
    Hottest Summers
  • 467th
    Coldest Winters

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Hayley Cruz
Grad Year
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Contrary to the conception that Southern California is sunny and warm all year-round, Riverside weather can actually be quite unpredictable. During the fall and winter, the rain comes and goes, with no regard for the sun being out or not. The cooler temperatures are a blessing, though, to out-of-town students who perhaps aren’t used to the heat. In spring and summer, temperatures soar to the 90s and 100s, thankfully with rare humidity.

All UCR buildings are equipped with air conditioning and central heating, which provide relief from the sometimes unbearable temperatures. Warm weather-lovers find Riverside wonderful in spring and summer, especially with its proximity to beach cities. The mountains, too, are not far away, for those who prefer the calmer seasons of fall and winter. Generally, mornings begin cool and heat up throughout the day. Layering clothes is the easiest method of dealing with erratic weather changes. Most students recommend having a light rain jacket and umbrella for random rains, and sunscreen for sudden bursts of sunlight. Essentially, students are pleased with the overall lack of violent weather and the near-constant Southern California sunshine.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 76 °F
Spring - Low: 50 °F
Summer - High: 92 °F
Summer - Low: 60 °F
Fall - High: 83 °F
Fall - Low: 53 °F
Winter - High: 68 °F
Winter - Low: 43 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 0.85 in./month
Summer: 0.07 in./month
Fall: 0.47 in./month
Winter: 2.07 in./month
What to Pack
  • Jacket
  • Jeans
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Sneakers
  • Sunscreen
  • T-shirts: short sleeve, long sleeve, sleeveless
  • Umbrella


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