Visitor Information

ICIT Symposium Visitor Information

Airports
Hotels
Transportation
Maps and Directions
Parking
Restaurants

 


 

Airports

Orange County (SNA) Airport (AKA: John Wayne Airport)

www.ocair.com

This is the closest airport to UCI at only about 3.5 miles away. Being a smaller airport, it is also one of the fastest in the Southland to get in and out of. It offers any possible transportation need one may have, i.e., rental cars, taxis, etc. Orange County Airport is the recommended airport for the symposium.

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Long Beach Airport (LGB)

www.lgb.org

24 miles away, Long Beach Airport is about a 30 minute drive from UCI (barring heavy traffic). This is another small airport that is generally quick to get in and out of. Cab fare from Long Beach Airport to Orange County Airport is $60.

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Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

www.lawa.org

43 miles away, LAX is a 45-60 minute drive from UCI in no traffic. Leaving this airport at any time between 3pm and 8pm on a weekday can potentially inflate this drive time to nearly 2 hours. While this is the largest airport in the Southland, it is also the busiest, with long security lines, and long baggage wait times. Taxis, shuttles, and rental cars are all available. This airport is only recommended for international flyers.

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Ontario International Airport (ONT)

http://www.lawa.org/welcomeont.aspx

46 miles from UCI, Ontario Airport is at least an hour drive to campus. Being a medium sized airport makes getting in and out of Ontario a bit faster than LAX; drive time can vary widely depending on traffic through Ontario and Corona.

 


Hotels

There are many hotels that are close both to the SNA airport and to UCI. We have partnered with two specific ones that are holding some rooms available for symposium participants. If you’re booking with either of these two hotels by phone, mention that you are coming for the “UCI ICIT Symposium”. If you’re booking online, use the specific “UCI ICIT Symposium” links provided below. All hotel stays in Irvine and surrounding cities are subject to an additional 10% “occupancy tax”, which most often is not included in the stated price.

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Ayres Inn and Suites, Costa Mesa/Newport Beach
325 Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714-549-0300

Ayres Hotels has partnered with UCI offering rooms for symposium guests at the rate of $99 per night. This rate includes airport shuttle transportation (Orange County Airport only), internet, parking, breakfast, and by-request shuttle transportation to UCI. The hotel is 2.5 miles from Orange County Airport and about 3.5 miles from the UCI campus.

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Atrium Hotel
18700 MacArthur Boulevard
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 833-2770 or (800) 854-3012

Atrium Hotel has partnered with UCI offering rooms for symposium guests at the rate of $95 per night. This rate includes airport shuttle transportation (Orange County Airport only), internet, parking, breakfast, and by-request shuttle transportation to UCI. The hotel is directly across the street from Orange County Airport and about 2.5 miles from the UCI campus.

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Below is a list of other hotels in the area that we have compiled just for your ease of reference. We’ve provided a bit of information about the first two hotels on the list, but we have made no special partnership arrangements with any of them.

Residence Inn Irvine/John Wayne Airport
2855 Main St.
Irvine, CA 92614
949-261-2020

http://www.marriott.com

Located 3.5 miles from UCI. This hotel offers free parking, Wi-Fi, and breakfast at affordable rates. The rooms are designed as studios, one- and two-bedroom suites, and feature kitchenettes and small office spaces. This hotel also offers an on-site fitness center.

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SpringHill Suites
17601 Fitch Ave.
Irvine, CA 92614
949-757-0500

http://www.marriott.com

Located 4.3 miles from UCI. Another Marriott hotel that offers free parking, Wi-Fi, and breakfast. The rooms feature kitchenettes with a mini-fridge and microwave. The hotel also has an indoor pool and fitness center.

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Hilton – Irvine
18800 MacArthur Blvd.
Irvine, CA 92612
800-445-8667

http://www.hilton.com

Distance to UCI: 3 miles

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Hyatt Regency Irvine
17900 Jamboree Blvd.
Irvine, CA 92624
949-975-1234

http://irvine.hyatt.com

Distance to UCI: 3 miles

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Marriott Irvine
1800 Von Karman
Irvine, CA 92612
949-553-0100

http://www.marriott.com

Distance to UCI: 3 miles

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Wyndham Irvine – Orange County Airport
17941 Von Karman
Irvine, CA 92614
949-863-1999

http://www.wyndham.com

Distance to UCI: 3 miles

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Courtyard by Marriott – John Wayne Airport
2701 Main St.
Irvine, CA 92614
(949)757-1200

http://www.marriott.com

Distance to UCI: 3 miles

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Embassy Suites – Irvine
2120 Main St.
Irvine, CA 92614
949-705-5144

http://embassysuites.hilton.com

Distance to UCI: 3 miles

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Candlewood Suites – Irvine Spectrum
16150 Sand Canyon Ave.
Irvine, CA 92618
949-788-0500

http://www.candlewoodsuites.com

Distance to UCI: 6 miles

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Comfort Inn – Irvine Spectrum
23061 Avenida de la Carlota
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
949-859-0166

http://lagunahills-comforthotel.com

Distance to UCI: 6 miles

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Doubletree – Irvine Spectrum
90 Pacifica Ave
Irvine, CA 92618
949-471-8888

http://doubletree.hilton.com

Distance to UCI: 7 miles

 


Transportation

If you’re flying in for the conference and are arriving at the Orange County airport—a.k.a. John Wayne International Airport, a.k.a. Santa Ana (SNA)—and are staying at the Ayres Inn & Suites or the Atrium Hotel, you can phone your hotel and ask them to come get you at the airport. Each of those hotels provides complimentary shuttle service from/to SNA, and each is within just a few minutes’ drive.

If you are renting a car at the airport—which is not necessary just for purposes of getting to this symposium, but will be pretty useful if you hope to go many other places in the area—those two hotels each provide free parking. We provide some information about parking at UCI below.

The Ayres Inn & Suites and the Atrium Hotel can provide shuttle service for symposium participants to and from UCI upon request. Check with the front desk of your hotel for details. Within the campus you will want them to take you to the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, at the corner of Mesa Rd. and West Peltason Dr.

You can get a taxi at the airport, or can have your hotel call a cab for you, or you can phone California Yellow Cab (949-444-4444) or Irvine Taxi Ride (888-831-3405). The above hotels are about three miles from the UCI campus. Ask your driver to take you to the corner of Mesa Rd. and West Peltason Dr. There you should see the entryway to the Claire Trevor School of the Arts where the symposium is being held.

Public transportation bus service between the hotels and UCI is not direct and is not recommended.

If you find that you are unable to get where you need to go by one of the above methods, and need a ride on short notice, phone or text George Wheeler (562. 883.1795). We hope to have a roving van available for such situations.

 


Maps and Directions

The UCI website has a good collection of maps online.

For parking on campus, if you consult the map called Information Kiosk Hours and Locations, you’ll see the Arts area of campus are between star #1 and #5 close to Mesa Court Housing, and you will want to park in one of the two closest structures, either MPS (Mesa Parking Structure, Star #5) or SCPS (Student Center Parking Structure, Star #1). For an interactive map view of that same information, you can look in the upper left corner of the map of Campus parking locations. If you know you will be driving to campus, you can send an email to George Wheeler with the subject “Request for parking permit at UCI” to request a parking permit, specifying what day(s)/time(s) you plan to arrive and depart.

Once you’re on campus, you’ll want to get to the Winifred Smith Hall (for the concerts) or the Contemporary Arts Center (for the paper sessions). Consult the Main campus core map, and zoom in on the region of buildings numbered in the 700s in the upper center of the map. The University Art Gallery is building 712, Winifred Smith Hall is building 710, and the Contemporary Arts Center is building 721.


 

Parking

A parking permit is required at all times to park on the UCI Campus in Irvine. Parking regulations are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Vehicles without a permit will be cited. So…

For the 2015 ICIT Symposium we have a limited number of complimentary parking permits we can provide for symposium participants. If you will be driving to campus and would like to receive a free parking pass, you must send an email to George Wheeler with the subject “Request for parking permit at UCI”, specifying the name of the driver and the day(s)/time(s) you plan to arrive and depart. You may specify multiple days/times if applicable.

If you do not request a complimentary parking permit before your arrival, the cost of parking is a flat rate of $10.00 per day. We cannot reimburse parking costs after the fact.

For parking on campus, if you consult the map called Information Kiosk Hours and Locations, you’ll see the Arts area of campus are between star #1 and #5 close to Mesa Court Housing, and you will want to park in one of the two closest structures, either MPS (Mesa Parking Structure, Star #5) or SCPS (Student Center Parking Structure, Star #1). For an interactive map view of that same information, you can look in the upper left corner of the map of Campus parking locations.

The Mesa Parking Structure and the Student Center Parking Structure each have two entrances, only one of which will have personnel at the gate. When you arrive at the parking structure, you must find the entrance with a human, and provide the driver’s name if you have made a reservation or pay $10.00 if you have not made a reservation.

If you are UC faculty coming from another UC campus, please note the inter-campus parking reciprocity policy, which might obviate the need for you to request a special pass from us. The UC Irvine campus automatically honors quarterly and annual faculty/staff permits from other University of California campuses in unmarked parking spaces for the purpose of short-term visits.


Restaurants

Claire Trevor School of the Arts: Mesa Commons

The Cyber A Cafe on the Arts plaza is closed on weekends, but in the Mesa Commons of the Mesa Housing Court complex just to the north of the School of the Arts (indicated in purple on the map of on-campus dining locations), an all-you-care-to-eat brunch is served Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am till 2:00 pm for $9.15 plus tax. Dinner is served 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm on Saturday for $11.40 plus tax.

Student Center

The only restaurants open on Saturday in the Student Center food court (building 113 on the Main campus core map) are Subway, Wendy’s (open until 7pm), Starbucks (6pm), and the Anthill Pub and Grille (7pm – 1am).

The Anthill Pub and Grille is crowded on weekend evenings, but is a nearby post-concert eating and drinking option. It offers made-to-order food until 9pm, and craft beer and wine until 1am. It is cash only, but ATMs are located just outside the door.

To get to the Student Center from the School of the Arts, walk across the Arts Bridge (the footbridge over West Peltason Dr. that leads to the rest of campus), go straight until you reach a major walkway intersection, turn left and follow Ring Road until you reach the Student Center on the left just before the Bookstore (the Hill) and Starbucks.

University Center

The University Center is a shopping and dining plaza just across Campus Dr. from UCI. To get there from the School of the Arts, walk across the Arts Bridge (the footbridge over West Peltason Dr. that leads to the rest of campus), go straight until you reach a major walkway intersection, turn left and follow Ring Road (past the Student Center) until you reach the main entrance to campus on the left. Walk down the big set of concrete stairs on your left at the flagpole, cross the small street and cross the footbridge that spans Campus Dr. to the University Center.

There is a variety of restaurants in the University Center that range from fast food to casual elegant. The Veggie Grill, as the name implies, provides vegetarian fare. In-N-Out Burger and Jack-In-The-Box are open late.

Local Restaurants

There are several off-campus areas that offer late-night eating and drinking. Visitors with transportation can try the following areas.

Diamond Jamboree Plaza, at the corner of Jamboree Rd. and Alton Pkwy., is four miles from campus and offers a wide variety of restaurants specializing in East Asian cuisine. Most restaurants there are open till very late at night.

About five miles from campus, at the corner of Jamboree Rd. and Barranca Pkwy. is The District, an outdoor mall with an array of restaurants, a bowling alley, movie theater, etc. This has a range of food options, including higher-end steakhouses and Italian fare.

The city of Newport Beach is about five miles from campus toward the coast. There, the Newport Beach Brewing Company has good food and is only a few blocks from the beach, is near one of the piers, and is within walking distance from a couple other restaurants, clubs, bars, tattoo shops, and more. There is free parking at the Brewing Company, and metered parking (which is free after 8:00 pm) all over the area. To get there from campus, take Jamboree Rd. going south, and turn right on Pacific Coast Highway going north, to Newport Blvd. south.