Family Weekend 2016 FAQs

Do you have questions about Family Weekend? We have answers! Don't see it, give us a call.

Do I have to register my student for Family Weekend?

Yes! If you want your student to attend activities with you during Family Weekend your student must be registered as well. We have planned these events for your entire family, and this is a great time for your family to connect with your UC San Diego student. We encourage you to ask your student about any conflicting exams or papers that they have assigned before registering for Family Weekend.

My student does not want to attend Family Weekend. Can I still attend?

Yes! Please email us at and notify us that your UC San Diego Student will not be attending. We encourage you to visit the campus, bring the family and enjoy Family Weekend. If your student changes his/her mind, you must update your registration to register your student.

My student has an exam or other obligations during Family Weekend. What do I do?

Exams have historically been administered during Family Weekend. Please consult with your student on whether or not to attend Family Weekend given this conflict and how the weekend can still be enjoyable for the entire family should you decide to register. Review the schedule of events for more details. 

My parents cannot attend Family Weekend. Who else can attend?

"Family" is defined by you and includes parents, guardians, foster families, siblings, cousins, spouse, partner, mentors, friends, etc. Feel free to invite anyone you consider to be a part of your family.

When does registration open and close?

Registration for Family Weekend will open early August 2016 and will close Monday, Ocotber 3 has been extended to Wednesday, October 12.

Learn more about registration.

How much does Family Weekend cost and what does it include?

Registration fee:

  • Non-UC San Diego Student (any family member/guest): $55  (includes adults and children ages 8 and older)
  • Current UCSD Student: $25
  • Non-UC San Diego Student Ages 7 & Under: FREE

Registration fee includes:

  • All activities on Friday-Sunday, October 21-23, 2016 (see full schedule)
    • Some events include:
      • Comedy Night on Friday
      • Special College (Re)Connection Events
      • Triton Educational Sessions 
      • Zumba Class
      • Climbing Center and Challenge Course
      • UCSD Night at Balboa Park- The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center will remain open exclusively for our Triton Families! Relish in this educational space, great for all ages. And, enjoy the traveling exhibit, “The Art of the Brick,” featuring classic and new works of art brought to life through Lego. Beverages and desserts will be served. Transportation will be provided for those who register for space. 
  • Registration also includes free admission to any on-campus Recreation facility (RIMAC, Main Gym, Canyon View Pool, etc.), Friday through Sunday. Also, a FREE stand-up paddleboard or kayak rental at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center.

What if I can't afford the Family Weekend registration fee for my family?

We have fee waivers available on a first come, first served basis for families in special financial need. At this time, we are no longer able to offer any more fee waivers. Contact our staff via email, or phone, (858) 534-7273 if you have further questions. 

Some sessions/events have reached capacity. What can I do?

We try our best to provide an excellent weekend. While Family Weekend provides a structured schedule, families tend to venture off to do other things regardless of their confirmed status. If you are interested in an event that has reached capacity, please drop-in on the day of the event about 20 - 30 minutes into the event. Our first priority is to honor those who registred. Then, we can assess the availability of seats. A formal waitlist will not be kept. Rather, we will lean unto your interest.

What if I need to cancel my registration?

Unfortunately, we are unable to process refunds for any reason. Please be certain that you can attend Family Weekend prior to registering. Some students have midterms during this weekend. Please consult with your student about their schedule to confirm if they will be able to join you on Family Weekend. Please also consider reviewing the schedule of events before registering.

How do I add someone or update information on my existing registration?

You must visit our online registration system to view, update or change your existing registration.

We recommend creating a password when you register so it is easier to make changes. When you return to the website, click on "Register." Then, on the right hand side, click on "View or Change Your Existing Registration." Log in with your email address and password (if applicable). If you forgot your password, click on "Forgot Your Password?" and the registration system will send you a temporary password to access your information.

Are there other accommodations that I have to make to prepare for Family Weekend?

Yes! If you’re traveling by plane, please make accommodations for a car rental. It may be best to rent a car close to or at the San Diego airport for easy access to the rental location and to have transportation to UC San Diego. Some families have found success with ridesharing and taxi services. 

We encourage making hotel reservations with Bartell Hotels. Also, become informed about directions to and parking regulations and locations at UC San Diego.

I don't remember what I registered for. I can't find my confirmation.

If you don't remember what you registred for, go to your email inbox and click "Review your registration record or make make changes."

If you can't find your confirmation email, email us at or call us at (858) 534-7273 to email you your confirmation.

I have an International Credit Card and I cannot complete the registration. What can I do?

If your student has a bank acoount in the U.S., their bank card can be utilized for the transaction. Otherwise, please email us at or call us at (858) 534-7273.

How can I volunteer for Family Weekend?

Please sign-up through our volunteer portal, which is now live. Volunteers are asked to commit for a two hour shift and will receive a t-shirt. Confirmed volunteers will receive a Family Weekend Volunteer Confirmation Packet. Thank you for your help this weekend!

Where do I park during Family Weekend?

Please follow driving signs once you enter campus. Family Weekend guests are urged to park in the Hopkins Parking Structure on Friday October 21. Please purchase a parking permit for this day - it is required. Guests can park at Gilman Parking Structure Saturday October 22 and Sunday October 23. Permits are not required on these days. Learn more about parking at UCSD during Family Weekend.

Where do I check-in for Family Weekend?

Check-in takes place at the Price Center East Ballroom Friday October 21 at 3 - 8 p.m and Saturday October 22 at 8 a.m - 4 p.m. Please follow walking directions to the Price Center East Ballroom.

Where can I eat on-campus?

There are many places to eat at UC San Diego. This list offers a variety of oprtions for on-campus dining including hours pertaining to the weekend only.

Do I need my Family Weekend badge if I'm on campus Friday before 3 p.m.?

No! The campus is open for you to explore and we've even provided a few options to enjoy. If you plan to go to the Mission Bay Aquatic Center, you can bring your email confirmation or a paper copy of your registration.

Do you have suggestions for dining?

Family Weekend provides a dessert at the Sweet Start Welcome Reception on Friday; continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday; and brunch on Sunday. If you'd like to explore other options, San Diego and La Jolla offer a variety of places to eat and opportunities for water front view. See what the city has to offer and make dining reservations! Eating in San Diego | Eating in La Jolla

Can I post photos of Family Weekend?

Yes! We encourage you to post photos of your time on campus. There are many places that serve as great photo ops - Triton Statue, Snake Path, Geisel Library, Fallen Star and so many more. Use #TritonFW16 and upload on your Facebook and Twitter. Using the hashtag will also help us find your photos to compile an online album. Guests will receive a link to the photos post Family Weekend.


For more information contact the Parents' Helpline at (858) 534-7273, or email

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