Frequently Asked Questions

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. 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, but we strongly recommend you experience the campus together! Please email and notify us that your student will not be attending. If your student changes their 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 to accommodate several course sections under one disciplinary subject. 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 without your student. 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?

Registration for Family Weekend will open mid August and close about a week prior to October 19.

Learn more about registration.

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, Saturday Package, and Participant Type.

  • Guest: Any non-UC San Diego student family member/guest including adults and children ages 8 and older

  • Current UC San Diego 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 funds available on a first come, first served basis for families in financial need. Apply for a Fee Waiver on the registration page. 

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?

Please be certain that you can attend Family Weekend prior to registering. Some students have midterms on a weekend which are always scheduled and listed in advance 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 review the schedule of events before registering.

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.  

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

Once the registration is complete, there will be instructions on how to add or update your existing 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 at UC San Diego.

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

Once the registration is complete, there will be instructions on how to retrieve your information. 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?

Major credit cards are accepted. 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?

Information on volunteering for Family Weekend will be available by early September. 

Where do I park during Family Weekend?

Please follow driving signs once you enter campus.

Friday October 19, Family Weekend guests will have to purchase a parking permit to park anywhere on campus. Family Weekend guests will not need a permit Saturday and Sunday October 20 and 21. However, there are restrictions to parking places such as handicap, reserved 24/7, unloading and loading only, and unmarked curbs.

Where do I check-in for Family Weekend?

Weekend Package families will check-in Friday October 19. Your student can check-in the family. Saturday Package families will check-in Saturday October 20. Locations and times will be available mid August.

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

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. Upload on your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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

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