Resources for CER Members
Every UC San Diego department must have an Emergency Action Plan (EAP). You can view and download CER's plan below, as well as explore UCSD's emergency response resources.
We encourage you to sign up for campus email and phone emergency notifications, it takes less than 5 minutes.
Please contact Muriel Croom for any requests regarding your office or building.
Visit UCSD’s Blink page on funding opportunities to subscribe to email alerts and search databases.
Also check the following Agency websites for current funding opportunities:
Out of Town Visitors
We have put together this information to help new postdocs transition smoothly into their new position. You can also download this information.
Top 2 Things to do as a New Postdoc
Attend a New Postdoc Orientation Session
The first thing you should do as a new postdoc is sign up for an orientation; they are held once per month on the UCSD campus. Find a date and register here.
Postdoc orientations are planned by the UCSD Office of Postdoctoral & Visiting Scholar Affairs, a department meant to connect you with relevant and helpful information. They also run a Postdoc email list you can subscribe to from their website.
Enroll in Health Insurance and Benefits
You have 31 days from your appointment start date to enroll in health benefits. You can enroll and watch a slideshow tutorial about your options here.
Learn more about your health insurance and other benefits through the Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs.
UCSD Photo ID Card
UCSD ID cards allow you access to University services like the library and on-campus transportation. Specific instructions on how to btain an ID card can be found here.
For further assistance, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (858) 534-6606.
The UC San Diego Off-Campus Housing Directory provides rental and roommate listings exclusively for the UCSD community. In order to access the Online Housing database, you will need to input your student information. If you are not a student yet, email email@example.com to request a log-in and password. For general questions please call (858) 246-0323.
La Jolla del Sol is a UC San Diego apartment community that is close to campus and specifically designated for faculty, staff, fellows, and postdoctoral scholars. All apartments are unfurnished, and are either one-bedroom, two-bedroom/one-bath and two-bedroom/two-bath layouts. All units feature a full size washer and dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher, range and dining room ceiling fan.
You can find just about anything on Craigslist, including housing. It can be a great resource, but be careful with any information you provide and with meeting people in person, as anyone can post on craigslist, and there are people who want to scam you!
Getting to Campus
We recommend that you consider alternative transportation to campus, like the bus or shuttles, as traffic and parking can be challenging.
- CAR: If you drive, you need a permit to park on campus. Postdocs are eligible to purchase an "A", "B" or "S" parking permit, and can sign up for monthly payroll deduction. More information on where to park and how to buy permits can be found here.
- BUS: The campus is easily accessible by bus, more information about cost and bus routes is available through Transportation Services.
- SHUTTLES: UCSD operates free shuttles around campus and also from key points outside campus (Hillcrest, and neighborhoods surrounding UCSD). They are free for UCSD students, faculty, and staff.
Getting Around San Diego
The San Diego Metropolitan Transportation System’s website has schedules and maps, and can help you figure out how to get from one location to another via public transportation.
UCSD staff, faculty, and students can buy discounted monthly transit passes for trolleys, the Coaster, and city buses that operate outside UCSD's Bus Zone through the Transit/Coaster Club.
Additional information is available through the Tranportation Services Office.
The UC San Diego Postdoctoral Association (PDA) is comprised of volunteer postdocs who strive to enhance the postdoctoral experience by organizing professional development, social programs, and networking opportunities.
The International Students & Programs Office (ISPO) and the International Faculty & Scholar Office (IFSO), offer a wide array of services and programs for international students and their dependents at UC San Diego.
Social Security Card
A social security card is required for students who will be earning money in the USA. A SOCIAL SECURITY CARD WILL NOT BE ISSUED FOR ANY OTHER REASON.
You must wait at least 10 days from arrival into the USA before applying for a Social Security card. This will allow enough time to activate your SEVIS record. You must apply in person at a local Social Security Administration office.
The following documents are required to apply for a Social Security card:
- 1-94 card (small white card stapled in passport) Copy the front and back of 1-94to include with your application.
- UCSD ID Card, driver's license, or other form of photo identification.
- J•1: Valid DS-2019 and a letter from the UCSD International Student Advisor and a job offer letter from UCSD
Upon application for a social security card, a receipt will be issued. The card will be mailed in approximately three weeks.
Where to Apply
The two Social Security Card Centers that serve southern San Diego County residents are open Monday through Friday from 9:00am through 3:30pm. The nearest center from UCSD is downtown San Diego at 109 West Ash St., San Diego, CA 92101.
For a more complete list of offices and services, visit their website or call (800) 772-1213.
For bus routes to these offices check out San Diego’s Traffic, Transit, & Commute Information, or visit UC San Diego’s Transportation and Parking Services website.
California Driver's License
The State of California's Department of Motor Vehicles requires California residents to have a California driver's license even if the resident possesses a valid international driver's license. Students and scholars are considered to be California residents (for driving purposes only) if they have rented an apartment, are being paid any money and will be paying income tax, or are going to school in California.
The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires a written test and a road test. No appointment is necessary for the written test, but an appointment and a car are required for the road test. A US Social Security card is not needed to apply for a driver's license. The DMV is often crowded, so allow enough time to complete the process. Appointments are also available online.
For DMV locations or more information call (800) 777-0133 or visit the DMV website.
Under current law, a temporary license will be issued pending USCIS confirmation of the applicant's 1-94 status in the USA. It may take as long as nine months to receive the actual driver's license in the mail. Temporary permits can be renewed until the card is received.
Where to Apply
The closest DMV Office to UCSD is located at:
Department of Motor Vehicles
4375 Derrick Drive
San Diego, CA 92117
Toll-Free Number: 800 777-0133Website
Banking & Money Matters
In the US, it is customary to use checks and credit cards rather than using cash because it is easier and safer. It is best to open an account at a bank so that money can be taken out of the account when needed.
Most banks are open Monday through Friday from morning until mid-afternoon, and some are open also on Saturday morning. Upon opening an account, a "cash machine" card will be offered so you can withdraw money at any hour, day or night. These cards can be used at automated teller machines (ATMs) all over the world. Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are located behind the Price Center on campus and at the Student Center. Using an ATM at a different bank may cost $1-$5 each time it is used.
The two main types of bank accounts are:
- Checking Account: Allows checks to be written for purchases and for paying bills.
- Savings Account: Offers a place to keep your money and earn interest.
Some checking accounts also pay interest. Most people in the USA pay their bills with checks. Cash should NEVER be sent in the mail to pay for a bill or for any other reason.
Opening a Bank Account
To open an account at most banks, you will need one or two valid forms of identification and a local postal address to receive mail. A passport and a UCSD identification card are usually sufficient. At least $100 is usually required to open an account, and there will be a monthly service charge for the account unless a "minimum balance requirement' (as much as $500 or higher) is maintained. There will also be a charge to have checks printed. Banks often have "hidden" fees so be sure to inquire about all possible fees. Not all banks require a US Social Security Number to open an account, however, bank services may be limited (no online banking etc.) if you do not have a Social Security Number.
Transferring Funds from your Home Country
Full-service banks with international banking capabilities sell international money orders and receive deposits from banks outside of the USA. The best way to transfer funds from your country of origin to the USA is by electronic wire transfer directly from bank-to-bank. This method allows immediate credit and use of the money. Other methods of obtaining funds from abroad (example: money order, checks, etc.) will cause a delay of two weeks or longer in availability of funds.
We have tried to include the most important information in this document. The following websites have more information that may also help you.
Office keys can be checked out from Brandi Pate in SERF 209, Monday-Friday from 7:00am--3:30pm.
Download the latest copy of CER’s Travel Policies here.
- Pre-travel Approval Form
- Student Certification for Business Travel
- Business Travel Insurance Form
- Travel Reimbursement Form