Late Night UCSD

At 1am the Night Begins

Geisel at night.

It’s 1am.  You’re hungry or you need to study or you’re a little hung over (or quite possibly a combination of all three). Whatever your need may be, here’s a list of the top 10 best late night spots to satisfy your cravings.

10 – Geisel

Where: On Campus

Open: 24/7

The second floor of Geisel Library is always open, welcoming you with open arms, inviting you to pull up a chair and cram all night long. It can get fairly crowded during finals week, but on a normal night it’s easy to find a table for you and your friends to share as you burn the midnight oil.


9 – Middle Earth / Galbraith Hall

Where: On Campus

Open: 24/7

Both remodeled and revamped, these two large open-air work areas are located on the opposite sides of campus. If Geisel is too claustrophobic for your taste, give either of these two less densely populated and more eye appealing lounges a try.


8 – Living Room

Where: 1010 Prospect St

Open: 6:00am – 2:00am

This coffee shop / hookah lounge is just the right mixture of grungy and classy. Located in the heart of downtown La Jolla, the Living Room’s dark brooding ambiance is perfect for writers and philosophers to engage in late night musing.

Y’all like coffee?


7 – Your Local Dorm Lounge

Where: On Campus

Open: 24/7

Your local on campus lounge is a great place to meet friends, study, and engage in those deep late night conversations. Although they may not seem so glamorous, lounges provide a great common area for students to mingle and get to know one another. It’s also easily accessible for those without off campus transportation.


6 – Infinitea

Where: 4690 Convoy St, Ste 111

Open: Noon – 1:00am

This cute boba shop is an awesome place to grab a snack. Despite it’s great seating, it’s not uncommon for Infinite to be busy and buzzing.  Stop by if you’re looking to grab a snack, study, or play some card games.  


5 – Tajima Ramen House

Where: 4681 Convoy St, Ste 1

Open: 11:30am – 2:30am

Tajima’s is one of the few ramen houses in San Diego that remains open past 1am and it’s consistently packed and popping.  Check into Yelp to grab a free drink and enjoy some of the best ramen San Diego has to offer.


4 – Goodie’s

Where: Marshall College

Open: 8:00am – 10:00pm

Though they close a bit earlier, UCSD’s pseudo-Chipotle (we have one of these really close by too, if you want the real thing) is definitely the most popular on campus eateries; it is also open the latest of all the HDH dining halls. Grab a monstrous burrito with those dining dollars you need to spend and bring it home as a late night snack. Just be careful not to finish the whole thing before you make it back.


3 – La Jolla Shores

Where: 8200 Camino Del Oro

Open: 24/7

There’s nothing better than taking a dip in the ocean at 3 am. Whether you’re walking, running, or driving to the beach there’s sure to be an adventure along the way. Just make sure to watch out for stingrays.


2 – Lestat’s

Where: 4496 Park Blvd

Open: 24/7

A bit further from campus, Le Stats with their famous iced snickers mocha is perfect for any student looking to pull an all nighter. A much welcomed change of scenery from the sterile UCSD common rooms, Le Stats has an eclectic vibe filled with local art, vintage chairs, and vibrant personalities.


1 – Vallarta Express

Where: 4277 Genesee Ave

Open: 24/7

The king of late night food, Vallarta’s is perfect for satisfying a late night cravings for greasy Tex-Mex food. Famous for their “Christian Fries” (carne asada fries with bacon, a fried egg, guacamole, sour cream, and cheese), this mausoleum to clogged arteries is worth the hype.

Why aren’t you eating this right now? What’s good?