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Travel & Accommodations

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Campus Resources

Planning Your Travel

Students are required to attend the entirety of their Orientation session. Early departure may impact your ability to register for classes.

For first year students attending Summer Orientation sessions in July: when booking air travel arrangements, we recommend that you do not depart from any of the Bay Area airports (SJC, SFO, OAK) earlier than 6:00pm on the second day of your Orientation session.

Early Arrivals & Late Departures

For first year students attending Summer and Fall Orientation sessions (July and September):

  • We understand the challenges of planning travel and know that many students need to arrive to Santa Clara the day before their Orientation session and/or depart campus the day after their session.
  • If you need to arrive early and/or depart later, please email us at orientation@scu.edu with your request and travel information so we can make arrangements to accommodate your extended stay.
  • Students arriving early may check in starting at 4:00pm the day before their Orientation session.
  • Students departing later may check out no later than 12:00 noon the day after their session.

On-Campus Housing

First year students attending Sessions 1-6 in July will stay in one of the campus residence halls. Commuter students attending Sessions 1-6 are also expected to stay overnight in the residence halls unless permission is granted to return home for the night.

First year students attending Session 7 in September will be permitted to move in early into their respective residence halls that they will be residing in for the entire academic year. This residence hall may be different from the residence hall that students attending Sessions 1-6 stayed in over the summer. Commuter students attending Session 7 are permitted to return home for the night.

Fall and winter transfer students who will be living on campus will be permitted to move in early into their respective residence halls that they will be residing in for the entire academic year. The designated move-in date and time will be communicated to you by the .

Parking Permits

Parking permits will be emailed to all students a few days prior to their Orientation session. There will also be parking permits available upon checking in on your session date.

Recommended parking is either in the main parking garage in the middle of campus (Central Parking Structure) or in the parking garage by the Art & Art History Building (bordered by Franklin Street, Alviso Street, Benton Street, and The Alameda). Please see the links in the above section for a campus map and parking map.

Car Rental Discount

Hertz Rental Car

Reservation Link
Use the CDP code 2079595 for the discount

Hotel Discounts & Courtesy Room Blocks

Rooms are limited for each hotel and are available on a "first come, first serve" basis. Additional hotels may be added to the following list below:

Sessions 1-6, July 8-27

Check-In Date: July 8, 2018
Check-Out Date: July 27, 2018
Reservation Deadline: June 22, 2018
Reservation Link
Contact: 408-864-0300

Session 7, September 12-13

Check-In Date: September 11, 2018
Check-Out Date: September 15, 2018
Reservation Deadline: August 24, 2018
Reservation Link
Contact: 408-864-0300

Transfer Session, September 14

Check-In Date: September 14, 2018
Check-Out Date: September 15, 2018
Reservation Deadline: August 24, 2018
Reservation Link
Contact: 408-864-0300

Welcome Weekend, September 15-16

Check-In Date: September 14, 2018
Check-Out Date: September 15, 2018
Reservation Deadline: August 24, 2018
Reservation Link
Contact: 408-864-0300

Sessions 7, Transfer Session & Welcome Weekend, September 11-15

Check-In Date: September 11, 2018
Check-Out Date: September 15, 2018
Reservation Deadline: August 28, 2018
Reservation Link
Contact: 408-263-3900

Discount Code

Mention "Santa Clara University" for a 10% discount

Sessions 1-6, July 8-27

Check-In Date: July 8, 2018
Check-Out Date: July 27, 2018
Reservation Deadline: n/a
Reservation Link
Contact: 408-249-5541

Sessions 7, Transfer Session & Welcome Weekend, September 11-16

Check-In Date: September 11, 2018
Check-Out Date: September 16, 2018
Reservation Deadline: n/a
Reservation Link
Contact: 408-249-5541

Session 2, July 12-13

Check-In Date: July 11, 2018
Check-Out Date: July 13, 2018
Reservation Deadline: June 20, 2018
Reservation Link
Contact: 408-295-2000

Session 3, July 16-17

Check-In Date: July 15, 2018
Check-Out Date: July 17, 2018
Reservation Deadline: June 24, 2018
Reservation Link
Contact: 408-295-2000

Session 4, July 19-20

Check-In Date: July 18, 2018
Check-Out Date: July 20, 2018
Reservation Deadline: June 27, 2018
Reservation Link
Contact: 408-295-2000

Session 5, July 23-24

Check-In Date: July 22, 2018
Check-Out Date: July 24. 2018
Reservation Deadline: July 1, 2018
Reservation Link
Contact: 408-295-2000

Session 6, July 26-27

Check-In Date: July 25, 2018
Check-Out Date: July 27. 2018
Reservation Deadline: July 4, 2018
Reservation Link
Contact: 408-295-2000

Session 7 & Transfer Session, September 12-15

Check-In Date: September 11, 2018
Check-Out Date: September 15, 2018
Reservation Deadline: August 21, 2018
Reservation Link
Contact: 408-295-2000

In addition to these hotels where we will have room blocks, there are many other local hotels to choose from. The difference between our hotel room blocks and rooms at other hotels is that our room blocks have special rates for Santa Clara families.

Other Lodging Options

For families seeking alternative options for lodging other than hotels, vacation rentals may be worth exploring. Examples include:

Note: SCU does not endorse any particular service or have any strategic partnerships with any of the services mentioned. It is your responsibility to research which service fits your needs.