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Travel & Re-entry
for International Students

Arriving in San Diego

  • All new students, both degree-seeking and exchange, should arrive before new student orientation begins.
Photo: Outside San Diego International Airport
Find information about San Diego International Airport at

ISC Airport Pickup - Volunteer Program

The International Student Center (ISC) will be offering a complimentary (free) airport pick up for international first-time freshmen traveling alone and flying into the San Diego airport from Friday, August 16, 2019 - Sunday, August 18, 2019. Our volunteer drivers are SDSU students, faculty and staff. Please be aware the ISC will do their best to accommodate your flight schedule, however, pick up is not guaranteed due to availbility of volunteers.

The deadline to request airport pickup was August 13.

Alternative Transportation: Shuttle or taxi to SDSU

Uber and Lyft: are also good options. Lyft offers SDSU discount code - AZTECAUG. Remember to download the app before your flight. 

Super Shuttle: Students interested in taking a shuttle from the San Diego Airport to the San Diego State University area have the option of using the Super Shuttle. To make a reservation, call 1-800-258-3826 and use the promotional code UFD59 to get a student discount. You can also make a reservation online at You will be asked to enter specific information. As your address choose: hotel/popular landmark. When the hotel name appears, enter SDSU. You may then choose any of the 4 options in the drop down.

Taxi: Taxis are also available from the airport. Price from the airport to SDSU is approximately $45.

More information about San Diego International Airport at:

 SDSU's guide to getting around.

Campus Parking

If you plan to drive to Orientation, we recommend that you park in Parking 12 (formerly PS4) because it is the closest parking structure to the International Student Center. In Parking 12, students may park between levels 3 & 8 with a Student Parking Permit.

If you do not have a parking permit, go to parking level 8 where you can purchase a parking pass. The fee is 1 - 4 hours $2 per hour, 5 or more hours $10.


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