How to Get Here

Santa Cruz is located at the top of the Monterey Bay on the Central California coast, just south of San Francisco. Getting here is easy since several major highways run to Santa Cruz and the San Francisco, San Jose, and Monterey International Airports are all nearby.

  • Airports
    Santa Cruz is best served by San Jose International Airport (SJC), just 45 minutes away. Travelers may also use San Francisco International Airport (SFO), 2 hours away, or Oakland International Airport (OAK), 2 hours away.
  • Train
    Amtrak into San Jose or select Santa Cruz as your final destination and catch the Amtrak Thruway bus to SC. This bus will drop you at the Metro downtown, where you can catch a bus up to UCSC. Tell the driver you'd like to get out at College Eight. (See Directions to College Eight map.)
  • Ground Transportation
    • The Dickens Project does not provide shuttles from the airports to campus. You can find information about various transportation options by clicking on the airport links above.
    • Those who need to arrange transportation should call Early Bird Shuttle (831 462-3933). The cost can be split between up to 3 people if that arrangement is made when you make the reservation. In other words, you need to tell them who is in your party of 2 or 3 when you call. There is also Airport Passenger Express (the popular driver, Woody, at 831 475-5439) and University Shuttle (831 427-7827).
  • Taking the Bus Back and Forth (SJC)
    The Santa Cruz Metro Transit District page has details. You should probably print this information and bring it with you. Also, best to call Metro just to make sure their buses are running according to the schedule.
  • Public Transportation from SFO (please note that there may be a labor action by BART during the summer)
    Catch a BART train at the SFO International Terminal; the SFO BART Station is located on the Departures/Ticketing Level of the International Terminal (Boarding Area G side). BART is easily accessed from any terminal by riding SFO's free AirTrain to the Garage G/BART Station stop. BART provides a direct connection to Caltrain at the Millbrae station. Ride Caltrain from the Millbrae station to the San Jose Diridon (Cahill Street) station. At the San Jose Diridon station transfer to the Highway 17 Express bus to Santa Cruz Metro's Pacific station in downtown Santa Cruz. At Santa Cruz Metro's Pacific station take any University route bus to the UC Santa Cruz campus.

Driving Directions to Santa Cruz and UCSC
View UCSC Campus Map

Map of College Eight  

From Southern and Central California:
Take Route 101 north to Route 156 west to Route 1 north. Then follow Route 1 north to Santa Cruz. At the outskirts of Santa Cruz, take Highway 1 North (toward Half Moon Bay). On Business Highway 1 (Mission Street), travel approximately one mile north to Bay Street in Santa Cruz. Turn right on Bay and proceed up the hill to the main campus entrance (located at Bay and High Streets). At the campus entrance, take a left onto High Street. Go straight on High St./Empire Grade for about a mile and a half to the West Entrance of campus. Turn right at the West Entrance, and follow Heller Street to the third stop sign at the top of the hill. College Eight is on your right. You will see signs directing you to Dickens Universe Registration. If you arrive outside of the normal registration hours on Saturday or Sunday, please go directly to Conference Services. 

From Northern California:

Take Route 5 south to Route 80 west to Route 680 south to Route 280 north. Then take Highway 17 south to Route 1 north to Santa Cruz. At the outskirts of Santa Cruz, take Highway 1 North (toward Half Moon Bay). On Business Highway 1 (Mission Street), travel approximately one mile north to Bay Street in Santa Cruz. Turn right on Bay and proceed up the hill to the main campus entrance (located at Bay and High Streets). At the campus entrance, take a left onto High Street. Go straight on High St./Empire Grade for about a mile and a half to the West Entrance of campus. Turn right at the West Entrance, and follow Heller Street to the third stop sign at the top of the hill. College Eight is on your right. You will see signs directing you to Dickens Universe Registration. If you arrive outside of the normal registration hours on Saturday or Sunday, please go directly to Conference Services. 

From San Francisco Airport:
Take Route 101 south to Route 85 south to Highway 17 south to Route 1 north to Santa Cruz. At the outskirts of Santa Cruz, take Highway 1 North (toward Half Moon Bay). On Business Highway 1 (Mission Street), travel approximately one mile north to Bay Street in Santa Cruz. Turn right on Bay and proceed up the hill to the main campus entrance (located at Bay and High Streets). At the campus entrance, take a left onto High Street. Go straight on High St./Empire Grade for about a mile and a half to the West Entrance of campus. Turn right at the West Entrance, and follow Heller Street to the third stop sign at the top of the hill. College Eight is on your right. You will see signs directing you to Dickens Universe Registration. If you arrive outside of the normal registration hours on Saturday or Sunday, please go directly to Conference Services. 

From San Jose Airport:

Take Route 880 south to Highway 17 south to Route 1 north to Santa Cruz. At the outskirts of Santa Cruz, take Highway 1 North (toward Half Moon Bay). On Business Highway 1 (Mission Street), travel approximately one mile north to Bay Street in Santa Cruz. Turn right on Bay and proceed up the hill to the main campus entrance (located at Bay and High Streets). At the campus entrance, take a left onto High Street. Go straight on High St./Empire Grade for about a mile and a half to the West Entrance of campus. Turn right at the West Entrance, and follow Heller Street to the third stop sign at the top of the hill. College Eight is on your right. You will see signs directing you to Dickens Universe Registration. If you arrive outside of the normal registration hours on Saturday or Sunday, please go directly to Conference Services. 

From Monterey Airport: 
Take Route 1 north to Santa Cruz. At the outskirts of Santa Cruz, take Highway 1 North (toward Half Moon Bay). On Business Highway 1 (Mission Street), travel approximately one mile north to Bay Street in Santa Cruz. Turn right on Bay and proceed up the hill to the main campus entrance (located at Bay and High Streets). At the campus entrance, take a left onto High Street. Go straight on High St./Empire Grade for about a mile and a half to the West Entrance of campus. Turn right at the West Entrance, and follow Heller Street to the third stop sign at the top of the hill. College Eight is on your right. You will see signs directing you to Dickens Universe Registration. If you arrive outside of the normal registration hours on Saturday or Sunday, please go directly to Conference Services.