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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The only robberies (excluding bikes) are on the outskirts of the campus. Police patrol regularly and there are several light posts that also function as an emergency call zone. I feel safe walking at night, and usually when I feel uneasy it's from my own paranoia. There are, however, poorly lit areas that need more lighting.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It really is, in my opinion, the best since there are plenty of security towers all over campus. And whatever time of day or night or what is needed, someone will come an help or escort you.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I generally feel pretty safe on campus, even during late hours because the campus is full of students.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Haven't heard of much assault, I feel very safe

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Not the best, not the worst. Definitely needs improvement.

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UCSD students are notorious for never thinking about safety and security—La Jolla is one of the quietest and safest cities in San Diego County. Security on campus is excellent;, and there are phones spread around campus that have a direct line to the police station, good lighting at night, and CSOs (community service officers) who will walk you anywhere on campus, all night long. For the first couple of months, UCSD can be intimidating, especially at night. Still, hardly anyone has had problems with security.

There has been a small amount of typical University crime reported at UCSD, such as petty theft, especially wallets and bikes, but generally UCSD is incredibly safe. Every year, there are reports of sexual assault, so keep an eye on your friends, particularly at parties or where there is a lot of alcohol. Some students even confess to never locking their dorm or apartment doors. The UCSD police station has done such a good job at keeping campus safe that many students forget to think about their safety at all.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 1
  • Arson: 4
  • Burglary: 53
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 1
  • Sex Offenses: 5
  • Vehicle Theft: 24
Security Office
UCSD Police Department
Campus Services Complex
(858) 534-4357
Safety Services
  • Call boxes
  • Fingerprinting
  • Lost and found
  • Night time escorts
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) classes
  • Report copies
  • The Ride Along program
Health Center
Student Health Service
9500 Gilman Dr.
(858) 534-3300
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (opens at 9 a.m. Wednesday)
Health Services
  • After-hours advice nurse
  • Allergy shots
  • Ear wax removal
  • Eye care
  • Health education
  • Lab services
  • Men's health
  • Pharmacy
  • Primary care
  • STD testing
  • TB testing
  • Travel medicine
  • Urgent care
  • Vaccines/immunizations
  • Women's health
  • X-ray
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • Students can schedule a free appointment at the Health Center by calling (858) 534-8089.
  • Records show that the most frequent crime on campus is stolen bikes. So if you plan to bring a bike to school, don't forget a bike lock, as well.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 165 responses

  • 13% None
  • 12% Walking alone
  • 12% Unlit pathways
  • 11% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 11% Theft/robberies
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Criminal activity near campus
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 5% Drugs
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Gang violence
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 111 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 165 responses

  • 13% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 59% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 19% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 8% Not very visible.
  • 1% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 207 responses

  • 39% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 49% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 12% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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