Housing Tours


Many graduate students in our program live in the Graduate and Family Housing apartments close to campus, pictured below. Grad and Family apartments are all clustered on Miramar street (with the exception of Coast Apartments). Many residents take advantage of grocery and campus-bound shuttles to get around, walk to campus (~20-30 minutes) or ride their bike (~10-15 minutes).

Most of us have lived on-campus in UCSD Graduate Student & Family Housing, but most now live off campus.

(data obtained from our "Meet the Students" survey)

Graduate students at UCSD can live in Grad & Family Housing for a maximum of 2 years and must first enter the waitlist online. Many students get into grad housing their first quarter at UCSD, although this largely depends on which communities they prioritize on their housing application. For more FAQs, check out the official future resident page, or ask a student host!

NOTE: If you are even slightly interested in our Graduate and Family Housing, we highly recommend applying RIGHT NOW, before you have been admitted or accept an offer. Applying now adds you to the waitlist immediately and should you attend, dramatically increases your chances of getting an apartment right away. You can leave many parts of your application blank, and fill them in later! You can find the waitlist application here.


To the right is an interactive map of San Diego. Click on the different regions to read about neighborhoods our students recommend and see typical rental prices for 1 and 2 bedroom apartments (prices from zillow.com/rental-manager, retrieved December 2023).

The three blue pins indicate:

 Questions about the program or website? Official PhD program website: https://cogsci.ucsd.edu/graduates/index.html

Charmaine Lising, M.A. (Graduate Advisor; cogsphd@ucsd.edu)

Akshay Nagarajan (Graduate Representative; anagaraj@ucsd.edu)

Quirine van Engen (Graduate Representative; quvaneng@ucsd.edu)