Students rave about the beach and outdoor activities San Diego offers. There is a fun, friendly, low-key environment just about everywhere you go in San Diego. The bay can be seen from almost anywhere on campus, serving as a constant temptation and reminder that the beach is a short car ride away. For many, any bit of free time is spent away from campus, enjoying all the city has to offer. The beach is a large part of the culture of San Diego. Students spend their weekends surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding, or tanning at the beach, and then go to house parties at the beach at night. For students interested in a change of pace, camping, rock climbing, hiking, and mountain biking sites are all close, and the University often sponsors trips to Julian and Cuyamaca mountains, allowing students to take a break from the beach and embrace some of San Diego’s natural surroundings.
If you’re not really an outdoorsy person, no worries: San Diego has something for you, too. There are tons of museums in San Diego, the zoo, SeaWorld, as well as unique restaurants and places to shop. There are also three other universities nearby—UCSD, SDSU, and Point Loma. The close proximity of all four schools makes it easy to meet and socialize with new people. Overall, San Diego is a great place to live. A popular saying that encompasses this attitude: "We live where you spring break."