The Local Area

UCI is located in fast-growing Orange County, near the Pacific Ocean between Los Angeles and San Diego. We are less than five miles from beautiful Newport Beach.

The campus is five miles from the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, which has a stellar dance series, regularly presenting such companies as the Royal Danish Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, The Kirov Ballet, Nederlands Dans Theatre, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Bolshoi Ballet, and other internationally renowned companies.

The Irvine Barclay Theatre, located on campus, offers an impressive contemporary dance series, presenting such companies as Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane, Akram Khan, Stephen Petronio, David Parsons, Mark Morris, Alvin Ailey, Eliot Feld Ballet, Compagnie Maguy Marin, Musicians and Dancers of Bali, Ballet Folklorico of Chile, Lar Lubovitch, Paul Taylor, and others.

This is an active, culturally diverse area. Right around our campus there are plenty of fun and interesting things to see and to do. Want to see for yourself? Take a virtual tour of UCI and the surrounding area.


Aerial view of UCI and the surrounding area. Photo by Mark Holtzman.