Price Center

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Coordinates: 32°52′48″N 117°14′13″W / 32.880°N 117.237°W / 32.880; -117.237

University of California, San Diego
Price Center
Price Center, UCSD.jpg
Price Center West exterior
General information
Type Student activity center
Location San Diego, California
Opening 1989
Renovated 2003, 2008

The Price Center is a student center located in the center of UCSD's campus, just south of Geisel Library. Serving more than 30,000 visitors a day,[1] the Price Center offers a variety of services, places, and spaces geared to the needs of students including fast food restaurants, the central bookstore, movie theater, and various student organizations.


In 1989 Sol Price donated $2 million to the construction of a new student center which opened in April 21, 1989. The Price Center officially opened as a replacement to the smaller Student Center (which remained open).


Price Center West interior food court



  • Bookstore
  • Outback Adventures Surf Shop
  • Box office
  • Movie theater
  • EDNA info (information desk)
  • Gameroom (pool hall)
  • Imprints (print shop)
  • La Jolla Rose Company
  • ATMs

East Expansion[edit]

North entrance of Price Center East
Price Center East's south entrance
Interior of Price Center East

In the spring of 2003, a Student Referendum was passed to expand the Price Center to nearly double the original size for the start of the 2008 academic year. The students agreed to increase their student fees by $39 per quarter to pay for the expansion, which cost about $64 million.[2] The student fee gathered roughly $46 million for the expansion, with the remainder coming from various campus accounts.

The University celebrated the opening of the Price Center East on May 18, 2008.[3] In 2009, the expansion won an architectural award from the American Institute of Architects.[4]

The new expansion includes:

  • Bombay Coast (Indian food)
  • Burger King (open 24 hours)
  • Santorini Greek Island Food (Greek food)
  • Sunshine Market (convenience store)
  • Tapioca Express
  • Additional dining seating
  • 24-hour study lounge with computer lab and group-study rooms
  • Commuter student resources (including lockers, commuter kitchen, etc.)
  • Expanded full-service post office
  • Associated Students offices (undergraduate student government)
  • Cross-Cultural Center and adjoining art space
  • Communidad (meeting room)
  • The One-Stop (student organization resource center)
  • Price Center East Ballroom
  • 84 additional student organization offices
  • The Loft (nightclub and concert venue)
  • Zanzibar Cafe (The Loft)
  • Social lounge spaces
  • Chase Bank
  • Hair Salon 101[5]
  • Postal Center[6]

Still incomplete:

  • Another coffee shop
  • Expanded General Store Co-op
  • Expansion of Soft Reserves and Lecture Notes

Previous outlets[edit]

The following is a list of stores and services once provided by the Price Center, and their replacements.

Store Until Description Replaced By
Tia Molly's 2001 Mexican Food Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill
Woks Up 2003 Asian Cuisine Panda Express
Star Wraps 2004 Sandwiches and Wraps Tacone Wraps
Tacone Wraps 2012 Sandwiches and Wraps Panda Express (Additional Storefront Space)
Wendy's 2007 Burgers Burger King


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