Trips & Events

The Student Life & Activities team creates a quarterly calendar full of various events, trips, sports, and activities both on and off campus for you to enjoy. At the moment, we are holding a majority of our extra programming through remote ways, please see our current calendar.

Pre-planned Activites

Previous pre-planned activities usually included city tours to famous locations, theme parks, museums, beaches, and performances.

When allowed, the Student Life & Activities team also organizes FREE large quarterly events, such as:

  • Welcome Picnics
  • International Potlucks
  • Beach Bonfire
  • Summer Pool Party
  • Halloween Festival
  • Soccer Tournaments
  • Each week, students are also invited to join Student Life & Activities team members for lunch series, dance workshops, sports, and social gatherings on campus
  • Our team will also help you with your personal trip planning. We provide assistance with transportation, directions, lodging, and points of interest
  • Some trips and activities require an additional fee for admission and transportation (provided by bus or UC Irvine van)

Campus Resources

  • Self-Access computer labs for individual study are open at various times around campus
  • Campus libraries (which hold over 3.4 million volumes)
  • Lecture series
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Recreation Center membership for a nominal fee
  • Over 600 student clubs and organizations for almost any interest or hobby
  • The Communication Club for language and cultural exchange with UC Irvine students
  • On-campus recreational games such as soccer, volleyball, basketball, and badminton
  • Anteater sports team events
  • UCI campus-wide student events such as Welcome Fair, Shocktoberfest, Celebrate UCI, Reggaefest, and Relay for Life
  • A healthy, smoke-free environment

Local Resources

To help you with cultural adjustment and navigating living in the Irvine area, the Student Life & Activities team offers information, such as:

  • How to use the OC’s public transportation system and where to buy a bus pass or shuttle pass
  • The application process for getting a California Driver's License
  • Suggestions and directions for finding local banks and cell phone options
  • Direct help with getting to a shopping center, local attraction, or even a doctor
  • Weekly emails that highlight local events, fairs, and seasonal things to do around Irvine

*Current services may be limited or restricted, please see the Student Life & Activities team

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