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Living & Working in San Diego

San Diego is synonymous with sunshine

Experts agree that sunshine makes you healthier and happier. With an average of 263 days of sunshine each year, the lure of San Diego extends far deeper than just the fantastic weather. From eclectic dining and entertainment options to family-friendly farmers markets and museums, San Diego offers something for everyone. Explore more about what makes the San Diego community unique. 

Abundant Opportunitites

While San Diego is known for impeccable weather and pristine beaches, did you also know that San Diego is known by another moniker, Biotech Beach? The region is known for pushing boundaries in the name of medical advancement and disease treatment with the goal of improving outcomes and quality of life. UC San Diego School of Medicine students have opportunities and access to renowned labs led by dedicated faculty members.

Clinical and Research Institutions

School of Medicine students benefit from training in a variety of clinical sites around the San Diego region which represent the diverse population.

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Rady Children's Hospital San Diego
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Neighborhoods With Style

San Diego boasts a host of neighborhoods to suit your desires. From quaint family-friendly areas to quirky neighborhoods with their own unique personalities San Diego offers plenty of choice to call home.

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Outdoor Adventures

In addition to gorgeous beaches, San Diego has more than 360 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails in more than 100 parks and open space preserves. Several neighborhoods host weekly farmer's markets year round. The World Famous San Diego Zoo, LEGOLAND, Sea World and Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography also offer outdoor fun every day of the week.

Rich Cultural History

San Diego's rich cultural history provides an eclectic mix of places, events and attractions to educate, inform and entertain visitors and residents alike. Old Town San Diego offers museums, dining, shopping and events throughout the year. Balboa Park's museums, attractions, trails and gardens offer glimpses into the past and present. Local theaters, including the Epstein Family Amphitheater at UC San Diego present live music, Broadway shows, musicals and plays.
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For Love of the Game

If sports are more your style, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program is now a member of the Big West Conference in NCAA Division I. Professional sports in San Diego include the San Diego Padres, San Diego Wave and San Diego Gulls who provide seasonal sports entertainment.

Regional Offerings

San Diego offers plenty of close-by travel options to satisfy even the most seasoned travelers. The Metropolitan Transit System's light-rail trolley provides public transportation between UC San Diego to east county, downtown and the U.S. Mexico border. For those looking to go beyond the city limits, the local mountain community of Julian offers fresh baked apple pies and quaint shopping. A few hours north, Los Angeles provides a plethora of shopping, dining and entertainment options. For year round outdoor adventures, Big Bear is just a few hours drive away.

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