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Student Life


Living in Riverside

The University has on-campus residence halls for single men and women, as well as married student housing. In addition, there are numerous modern apartments within a mile of the campus. Rents are lower than at most other major universities in California. Please contact the UCR Housing Office for more details.

The UCR campus is located at the foot of the Box Springs Mountains and at the edge of the city of Riverside, which has a population of 304,000. The park-like 1,200-acre campus is extensively landscaped with flora that thrives in the warm, semitropical climate of Riverside, and includes orange groves and palm trees. The average year-round temperature is 79 degrees, and freezing temperatures are rare.

Outside of work, you'll find that there's plenty to do in your free time in and around UCR. University Village is located next to the campus and features restaurants, stores, and a 10-screen theatre complex. Riverside has a symphony orchestra, opera association, theatre groups, and art centers. Los Angeles, San Diego, the beaches, the desert, and alpine mountains with ski resorts are an hour away. Hiking, bicycle, and equestrian trails are available at nearby parks and reserves.


American Society for Microbiology at UCR

The American Society for Microbiology - Student Chapter at the University of California at Riverside (ASM-UCR) is an academic organization aiming to promote and support student interests in the field of microbiology at UCR. We advocate an understanding of microbiological science and its application for the improvement of social and environmental welfare.

ASM-UCR consists of undergraduate and graduate students from various departments or interdepartmental programs with diverse research interests in Microbiology. We foster communication and exchange of ideas through regular meetings and social events. Our previous efforts include sponsoring annual student research symposia, offering travel funds to scientific conferences, and organizing yearly educational tours. We also provide academic support to undergraduates by functioning as an intermediary between students and faculty.

ASM-UCR continues to thrive due to the support of numerous UCR faculty members, participating student members, the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, and the Microbiology graduate program.



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