Family Weekend 2017 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! Students have an all-access pass during the 10th Annual Family Weekend. 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 the entire family. This is a great time to (re)connect with your UC San Diego student. We encourage you to ask your student about any conflicting exams, papers or other activities they may have before registering for Family Weekend.

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

Yes! Please email 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 regardless of your student's schedule. 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. Feel free to invite anyone you consider to be a part of your family.

When does registration open and close?

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

Families have different schedules and availability. For this reason, families will select between a Weekend Package and a Saturday Package. Visit the registration webpage for details on packages and fees. 

Registration fees are identified by Weekend Package and Saturday Package and Participant Type.

  • Guest (any non-UCSD student family member/guest including adults and children ages 8 and older)

  • Current UCSD Student

  • Children ages 7 & Under

For a complete schedule of what the Weekend or Saturday includes, please visit schedule of events.

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

Fee waivers are supported by funds available on a first come, first served basis for families in financial need. At the moment, we have exceeded the amount of applications we can accept. If you want to learn information about the fee waiver, please contact our staff at or (858) 534-7273.

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 registered. 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?

If your schedule has changed, you can cancel your registration. In the event that you do cancel, we are unable to process refunds for any reason. To cancel your registration, go to your email inbox and do a search for to retrieve your confirmation. Once retrieved, click review, change, or update your registration

Please be certain that you can attend Family Weekend prior to registering. Some students have midterms during this weekend which are always scheduled and listed on their syllabus. 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?

Visit our online registration system to view, update or change your existing registration. Or, go to your email inbox and do a search for to retrieve your confirmation. Once retrieved, click review, change, or update your 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 registered for, go to your email inbox and do a search for to retrieve your confirmation. Once retrieved, click review, change, or update your registration.

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 account in the U.S., their bank card can be utilized to register the family and perform 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: Confirmed volunteers will receive  information and instructions to prepare for the weekend. Thank you for your help on Family 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 20. Please purchase a parking permit for this day - it is required. Guests can park at Gilman Parking Structure Saturday October 21 and Sunday October 22. Permits are not required on these days. Learn more about parking at UC San Diego during Family Weekend.

Where do I check-in for Family Weekend?

Weekend Package families will check-in Friday October 20 between 3 - 7 p.m. at the Price Center East Foyer. Your student can check-in the family. Saturday Package families will check-in Saturday October 21 between 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Price Center East Foyer. Please follow walking directions to the Price Center East Foyer.

Where can I eat on-campus and off-campus?

Family Weekend offers a few meals (both as a reception and meal format) as part of your selected package. If you would like to experience on-campus dining, please refer to this link for a variety of places to eat at UC San Diego

To help you explore eating options, San Diego and La Jolla offer a variety of places to eat with opportunities for water front view. See what the city has to offer and make dining reservations! Eating in San Diego | Eating in La Jolla

Do I need my Family Weekend badge if I'm on campus before check-in begins?

No! The campus is open for you to explore. If you plan to go to the Mission Bay Aquatic Center, you can bring your email confirmation or a paper copy of your registration.

Can I post photos of Family Weekend?

Yes! 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 #TritonFW17 and upload on your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Using the hashtag will help us find your photos to compile an online album. Don't forget to follow us!


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

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