Irvine, California

The city of Irvine, located within Orange County in beautiful Southern California, was planned to be an economic powerhouse and offer an extraordinary quality of life. A leading business hub with more than 100 global corporations; a family-oriented multicultural community where residents speak more than 70 languages; a leader in education, Irvine is where community, business, and nature are in harmony. UC Irvine is located in the heart of Irvine and is beautifully surrounded by more than 16,500 acres of parks, sports fields, and open space, offering residents and visitors alike preserved natural habitats and wildlands with miles of hiking and biking trails. You’ll also appreciate Irvine being recognized as “America’s Safest Big City” by the FBI since 2005.

Irvine is one of the largest and most successful master-planned urban communities in the United States and features some of the best outdoor recreation, shopping, dining, sports facilities, and meeting venues in California and across the nation. And for those looking for a weekend getaway, Irvine is centrally located. We’re one hour south of Los Angeles, one hour north of San Diego and within easy access to locations such as stunning beaches, snow mountains, vibrant cities such as San Francisco and Las Vegas and our Student Life and Activities Office provide trips to these amazing sights and more!

Quick Facts

  • Ranked safest big city in the U.S. for 15 consecutive years (FBI)
  • Center of Southern California’s “Tech Coast”
  • Population (2021): 307,670
  • 292 sunny days per year:
    • Mar-Oct: 23-31°C (highs)
    • Nov-Feb: 15-20°C (highs)
  • Beautiful parks and landscape areas:
    • 20 community parks
    • 40 neighborhood parks
    • 96 athletic fields
    • 179 sports fields
    • 643 kilometers (400 miles) of bicycle trails
    • Over 79,000 trees
  • Near world-class cultural, shopping, and entertainment destinations, including:
    • Disneyland
    • “Surf City”
    • Angel Baseball Stadium
    • and more!