La Jolla is a ritzy, stuffy community filled with rich, retired old people. However, this does not stop UCSD students from enjoying the beautiful place where they live. With the beach just walking distance from campus and sunny skies and water sports everywhere, it is hard not to enjoy living in San Diego. There are many exciting things to do away from the beach, as well. You can visit the Zoo and Wild Animal Park, Balboa Park, Mission Bay, Mexico, watch sporting events, or run in the Rock and Roll marathon. La Jolla is a beautiful and safe place to live—it’s just not like the college town students may have pictured when they planned to go away to school.
UCSD students are generally happy with the activities and environment San Diego has to offer. With such a laid-back atmosphere, everyone can find some place they fit in. A popular place with many students is Pacific Beach, more commonly known as PB, where you can find a more independent environment than La Jolla. PB is known for its fun little stores, great Mexican food, and huge bar scene. Also popular is the Gas Lamp District, located downtown. The Gas Lamp District has the feel of an urban city, and there are constantly concerts or events to attend. For an Animal House-esque college scene, UCSD students head over to San Diego State. Overall, there is no excuse for sitting at home and being bored in San Diego.