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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The university tries to combat safety issues and promote student health, but there are still plenty of issues due to lack of student input and plenty of sexual assaults from open campus issues.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: it gets pretty dark on campus, since there are a lot of poorly lit places. hear about an assault of some sort every now and then just off campus. overall its pretty safe, but if out late at night it can make you a little nervous.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've spoken to various health and personal safety personnel on campus and they're all very friendly and very discreet. Campus crime is almost non-existent and I feel extremely safe even walking at 2 am in the morning on campus. However, if I don't feel safe, a great service UCSD offers is the CSO walking services which are a group of trained "walkers" who meet with you at a specified area and from there accompany you to your destination or until you feel safe enough to walk by yourself.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There have several assaults since being here for a little more than a year. I would say that the campus is pretty safe as a whole, but not safe enough where I would walk home by myself at night. Also when it comes to small crimes like theft the campus is not safe at all. Unattended laptops and bicycles are stolen all the time.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus police are really good. We're in a good neighborhood, so I think we're fine.


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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 129 responses

  • 12% Walking alone
  • 12% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 12% None
  • 11% Unlit pathways
  • 11% Theft/robberies
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 8% Criminal activity near campus
  • 6% Drugs
  • 6% Excessive drinking
  • 4% Dorm safety
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 33 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 would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 128 responses

  • 45% High quality, very convenient.
  • 27% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 12% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 14% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 128 responses

  • 9% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 61% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 20% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 9% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 128 responses

  • 30% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 55% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 15% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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