University City, San Diego: Facts & Information
University City is a neighborhood of approximately 56,000 people in northwestern San Diego and home to the University of California – San Diego (UCSD). University City is often mistaken for UTC, or Westfield University Towne Center, a popular shopping center in the community.
UCSD, Westfield UTC, and a number of high-tech, biotech and clean-tech businesses and research institutes in University City, San Diego have become the core drivers of San Diego’s economic engine. Nicknamed the Golden Triangle by commercial developers, University City is bordered by La Jolla to the west, Route 52 to the south, and Interstate 805 to the east.
University City is divided by scenic Rose Canyon. The older part of University City, built in the 1960s and widely known as University Square, is south of Rose Canyon and centered on Governor Drive. North of Rose Canyon is the newer part of University City and home of Westfield UTC.
Westfield UTC, formerly University Towne Center, is a large open-air shopping mall in University City. With more than 170 stores and restaurants, the most popular attraction at the resort-inspired shopping center is UTC Ice, a public ice skating rink at the food court.
Students of University City, San Diego are served by five public schools: Marie Curie Elementary School, John D. Spreckels Elementary School, Doyle Elementary School, Standley Middle school, and University City High School (San Diego). Several golf courses in the neighborhood, including the University City Golf Course, are considered child-friendly.
Thanks to a number of mesas and canyons, University City is known for hiking, biking, bird watching and its natural wildlife habitats, with about 100 bird species and many endangered flora species. Like most neighborhoods in major college towns, there is no shortage of restaurants, nightlife and things to do, particularly on Town Center Drive, La Jolla Village Drive and Genesee Avenue.
Be sure to also check out our Neighborhood Spotlight: University City blog post!