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Graduate Student Resources

SE GSO Potluck:

Graduate Student Organizations:

SE Graduate Student Organization (SE GSO)

The SE Graduate Student Organization (SE GSO) is a graduate student group that plans social events for graduate students and tries to maintain a community within the Department of Structural Engineering. Past events include: Movie Nights, Trivia Nights, Potlucks, etc.

Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA)

Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) exists to advocate the rights and interests of our diverse community, to provide for the enjoyment of social, cultural, and service-oriented events, and for the betterment of academic and non-academic life of all graduate and professional students at UC San Diego.

Jacobs Graduate Student Council (JGSC)

The Jacobs Graduate Student Council (JGSC) is the representative student body of Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego. We represent 2700 graduate students and 6 departments in the Jacobs School of Engineering.

Most Used Graduate Resources:

Graduate Division

Featured Events: list of upcoming events, student organization activities, and new resources and opportunities for graduate students.

  • Available: Fall, Winter, Spring

Graduate Division Workshops: provide incoming students with much-needed information about campus resources and opportunities, as well as advice and tips on how to succeed in graduate school, from the financial side of life, to the social and academic.

  • Available: Fall
Triton Link

TritonLink is an online portal to look up general student information in regards to academics, finances, and much more.

International Students & Programs Office (ISPO)

English-in-Action Conversation Program: Cultural exchange for students to grow more proficient in conversational English. Students are matched with other UCSD students/staff as well as members of the local community.

  • Available: Fall, Winter, Spring

International Student Orientation and Welcome Programs: During orientation, the ISPO office partners with college coordinators for intentional programming in order to ease the acclimation process for incoming international students.

  • Available: Fall, Winter

Triton Edge Program: Intended for incoming international freshman students, this program entails 5 weeks of rigorous academics, intentional programming and allows for early acclimation for students prior to orientation.

  • Available: Summer

Financial Resources:

Grad Life: Employment and Funding

Grad Life is a resource hub for all UC San Diego graduate students. The Grad Life website and social media accounts are managed by the Grad Life Intern, a current graduate student working out of the Graduate Division.

More information on financial support, tuition, employment, and other resources can be found here.

Resources for Students with Dependents:

The San Diego Union-Tribune's article on Child Care Assistant Resources.

Childcare Reimbursement

$1100/quarter childcare reimbursement for GSRs and ASEs

Letter: Request for UCSD-ECEC Action

Dependents Experiencing Hardships

One-time financial assistance for students w/ dependents experiencing hardship

Basic Needs
Connecting with Other Students with Dependents

Wellness Resources:

The Zone

The Zone is a lounge for students that features free programs such as yoga, meditation, Zumba, therapy dogs, and cooking demonstrations to help you achieve your optimal well-being.

Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

CAPS (Counseling & Psychology Services)

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) provides counseling to undergraduate and graduate students. They meet with students, couple, and groups to help with a variety of problems including depression, anxiety, adjustment difficulties, social and romantic issues, study skills and time management, among other issues. They also provide crisis intervention. CAPS have a large number of providers, some of whom provide therapy in different languages, including Mandarin, Spanish, Farsi, Cambodian, Japanese, Nepali and Hebrew. Our services are free of charge and are confidential.

Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Student Health Services

Student Health Services (SHS) provides quality primary medical care, including urgent care and support services such as laboratory, pharmacy, and x-ray. We have primary care physicians who are board certified in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine. Some of our physicians also have additional training and expertise in Gynecology, Sports Medicine, Rheumatology, Urgent Care, and Mental/Behavioral Health.

Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center

CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center: UC San Diego's confidential advocacy and education office for sexual violence and gender-based violence (dating violence, domestic violence, stalking).

Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Athletics and Recreation

Athletics: UC San Diego sponsors 23 intercollegiate men's and women's sports at the NCAA Division II level. The Tritons compete primarily in California Collegiate Athletic Association, widely regarded as the premiere conference for D-II athletics.

Recreation: Opportunities abound for every student’s interest and ability level.

Sports Facilities: Works with Athletics, Recreation, student and staff organizations, and the community to maintain and schedule over 100 sports facilities — and to provide support services for special events that improve the quality of life on campus.

Center for Mindfulness

Center for Mindfulness (CFM) is a multi-faceted program of professional training, education, research, and outreach intended to further the practice and integration of mindfulness and compassion into all aspects of society.  

Center for Ethics and Spirituality

The Center for Ethics and Spirituality provides students with secular counseling, discussion, and education programs relating to spiritual, moral, and ethical issues and questions that may arise within the UCSD community of students, scholars, workers, and campus affiliates.


Well-Being at UC San DiegoFeel good, get fit, be safe, and find resources for healthy, balanced living.

i-Table Program

i-Table Program specifically serves the unique needs of our international student population by providing them with immediate food security resources that are otherwise not available via other means.

Basic Needs

Resource Centers:

Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)

The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) at UC San Diego works with undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students with documented disabilities, reviewing documentation and, through an interactive process with the student, determining reasonable accommodations.

Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

LGBT Resource Center

The LGBT Resource Center is a diverse, open and public space for all members of the university community to explore issues relating to sexual and gender identities, practices and politics. It develops student leadership, builds workplace equity, promotes academic research, and provides resources.

Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC)

Center for Advocacy, Resources, and Education (CARE) at the Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC) is the UC San Diego confidential advocacy and education office for sexual violence and gender-based violence (dating violence, domestic violence, stalking).

Available: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Women's Center

The Women's Center is a space in which people work collaboratively to foster the educational, professional, and personal development of diverse groups of women. The Center provides education and support to all members of UCSD regarding gender issues, with the goal of promoting an inclusive and equitable campus community.

Student Veterans Resource Center

The Student Veterans Resource Center is committed to ensuring that military affiliated students successfully make the transition from the military environment to campus life, and are assisted in their progress toward completing their academic degree.  In collaboration with other University partners, the SVRC seeks to identify and mitigate the barriers to academic success that are specific to the military affiliated student community.

Raza Resource Center

The Raza Resource Centro team is committed to our student’s success and we work collectively to meet the needs of our students. The Centro is a lively space where students study, meet, write, get tutoring, and most importantly are in community.

Black Resource Center

The Black Resource Center is a Campus Community Center that serves everyone at UC San Diego while emphasizing the Black experience. We promote scholarship, foster leadership, and cultivate community for students through the committed, collaborative effort and support of faculty, staff, and the broader UC San Diego community.

Cross-Cultural Center

The Cross-Cultural Center is committed to supporting the needs of UCSD’s campus communities by creating a welcoming and holistic learning environment for everyone. Our vision at the Cross-Cultural Center is to empower UCSD to recognize, challenge, and take proactive approaches to diversity for campus as a whole.

Campus Safety Escort Service

The UCSD Campus Police provides escort service (someone to accompany you) to and from campus locations every night.

Safety escort service is offered 365 days a year from sunset to 1 a.m.

Call (858) 534-9255 or (858) 534-WALK.

IDEA Center

The IDEA Center works to foster an inclusive and welcoming community, increase retention and graduation rates, and promote a sustainable culture of academic excellence among all engineering students at UC San Diego as well as provide engineering students with academic support and social engagement that enhances values of diversity for a global community.

Career Resources:


Handshake is UC San Diego's database of off-campus jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, and on-campus jobs (including work-study).

Register or log in to use the Handshake job and internship listings.

Jacobs Portal

Jacobs School alumni are sought after by industry leaders for their engineering knowledge and ability to seek information and solve problems in a team environment. CAP provides you access to career opportunities brought to you by our Corporate Partners. Create a profile on the Jacobs Portal, and apply for career opportunities.

UCSD Career Center - Graduate Advising

The Career Center at UC San Diego has information on how to find that ideal job, internship or experiential outcome. Connect with one of the Graduate Career Coaches.

Housing Resources:

On-Campus Housing Options

UC San Diego ARCH Housing consists of six apartment complexes:

Coast Apartments, La Jolla Del Sol, Mesa Residential Apartments, Single Graduate Apartments, and One Miramar Street , and the Rita Atkinson Residences.

See more information on:

Off-Campus Housing Options

Living in San Diego, especially in La Jolla, is very expensive and it is important to set a realistic budget before beginning to look for a place to live.

Vacancy rates are very low in San Diego and it may take some time to find an apartment.

Be prepared to pay a security deposit equal to one month’s rent (which may be refunded upon leaving) in addition to the first month’s rent.

UC San Diego Off-Campus Housing Directory
UC San Diego's Off-Campus Housing Directory is a rental referral and housing information resource center with listings of apartment, house, and condominium rentals, available in a variety of areas around campus and the San Diego community. Roommates and room rentals are listed online. The Off-Campus Housing Directory is an excellent resource for waitlisted students.

In order to access the Online Housing database, you will need to input your student information. If you are not a student yet, email to request a log-in and password.

Conflict Resolution:

JSOE Dean's Office Feedback Form

New graduate student feedback form, available here.

This form is NOT a survey (i.e. our goal is not to achieve a high response rate). This is an ongoing resource for graduate students to submit anonymous and/or confidential information -- either positive or negative -- about your lab culture, your relationship with your mentor, or anything else you might be struggling with or celebrating in your education. You can leave your name if you'd like a follow up, or you can submit anonymously. The form responses will be read by myself (as Associate Dean for Students), and will be kept confidential to the extent possible (please read the information at the top of the form for details).

The Dean's office will use information we receive to better understand students' experience and to implement programs or changes to improve students' experiences here in the Jacobs School.  

Office of the Ombuds

The UC San Diego Office of the Ombuds provides confidential, neutral, and informal dispute resolution services for the UC San Diego community. Its services supplement, but do not replace, other administrative processes at the University. The office works to facilitate communication and assist parties in reaching mutually acceptable agreements in order to find fair and equitable resolutions to concerns that arise at the university.


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