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Getting to USD

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By Car

From the North: Use I-5 south, exit at Sea World Drive and Tecolote Road and proceed left at the stoplight onto Tecolote Road. Turn right on Morena, left on Napa and left on Linda Vista Road. Travel east on Linda Vista Road, up the hill, to Alcala Park Way and turn left into campus.

From the South (Or the Airport): Use I-5 north, exit Morena Blvd. (signs will say “Morena Blvd. use I-8 east”). Stay to the right and follow the signs for Morena. When the road splits, stay to the right onto Linda Vista Road. Travel east on Linda Vista Road, up the hill, to Alcala Park Way and turn left into campus.

From the East: Use I-8 west, exit at Morena Blvd. When the road splits, stay to the right onto Linda Vista Road. Travel east on Linda Vista Road, up the hill, to Alcala Park Way and turn left into campus.

By Air

San Diego International Airport at Lindbergh Field is located downtown and is about 15 minutes from the USD campus. Airport shuttles, taxis and car rentals can be found at all terminals. If you have a hotel reservation in San Diego, some hotels provide complimentary shuttle services to and from the airport. Car rentals are also available at the airport with shuttles providing transportation to the rental facilities.

We recommend Cloud 9 Shuttle if you do not plan to rent a car or would prefer not to take a taxi. Reservations can be made at http://www.cloud9shuttle.com. For a discounted rate, please mention to Cloud 9 that you are traveling to USD.

By Public Transportation

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) offers buses, trolleys and coasters that provide convenient transportation throughout San Diego County. If you want to use the local bus service, you need to take Bus Route 44 to our campus. Bus schedules differ but do service the stop by our entrance every 15 to 20 minutes.

The San Diego Trolley runs every 15 minutes throughout most of the day and every 30 minutes in the evening. The stop nearest our campus is the Old Town Transit Center.

The North County Coaster runs 43 miles along the coast with station stops in downtown San Diego, Old Town, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside. It is best to transfer from the Coaster to a bus at the Old Town Transit Center to reach our campus.

Parking

Visitors to our campus will need a parking permit Monday through Friday. A permit must be obtained from the kiosk officer at the USD entrance (you must be in the left-hand lane to access the kiosk officer). Your parking permit is only valid in white-lined spaces in the West Structure or levels 3-5 of the Main Structure. Your permit is not valid in spaces marked for employees (yellow-lined), reserved, residential or disabled spaces (unless authorized).

**Note this permit is only valid in the West or Main Parking Structure. These are the most abundant parking resources we have on campus. Parking outside of these assigned areas will result in a citation. Please be sure to read the front and back of the permit upon receiving it. After parking, you may either walk or catch the USD Tram at one of the many stops throughout campus. If you park in the West Structure, there is a tram stop conveniently located at the bottom (ground floor) of the south entrance. Please take this tram to the Colachis Plaza exit, and Serra Hall will be the second building ahead on the right.

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