My daughter is currently in the process of deciding between schools. It is LOADS of fun. Anyways, this may seem trivial, but she is an avid shopper (apparently this is how she copes with stress), so what are some nearby shopping locations and is transportation to such areas provided? We're in the midst of scoping out shopping areas for all the schools. We were there for admit day (btw she's a human biology major) and really only saw the Price Center. Are there any other areas nearby? I ask because we explored downtown La Jolla and San Diego and really couldnt find any great spots. (If you'd like to know I can say that she spends the majority of her time at Nordstrom with quite a few charges to Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, A&F, Macy's, and other fairly typical stuff). Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Also, we're from Norcal, so she will DEFINITELY NOT be driving
Last edited by williebo; 04-21-2009 at 03:20 AM.
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She is in luck. Shopping at Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters and other hip malls in La Jolla and San Diego are just a short drive away. So, your daughter has two choices if she does not have a car. Make friends with a suite mate who has a car and motivate her friend to drive her to shop or reserve a zip car on campus.
Just make sure she does brings her credit cards with her.
OMG I am a shopper too. The shopping here is incredible, although UTC sucks in my opinion. Fashion Valley is amazing, although like others mentioned, it is not that close. You can take a bus there though. Or just befriend a suitemate with a car.
As other have mentioned, University Town Centre (UTC) is a nearby large regional mall with all the typical department and ancillary stores and even an ice skating rink and she can get there on a city bus for free or on the free UCSD shuttle. The shuttle goes fairly close to it. The following website shows where the UCSD shuttles go and even where the shuttles are at the moment. This is a good site for UCSD students to bookmark. It also comes in handy when selecting an off-campus apartment to live in (i.e. getting one near a shuttle stop). UC San Diego shuttles | Bus Tracking by Syncromatics
She could also take the bus into La Jolla for world class expensive shopping if she wants. More shopping is available in Fashion Valley (around I-8 and 163) but that's a much further jaunt. And of course there are many other shopping opportunities around the county.
Besides the obvious ramifications, I'd like to add that as the student's mother, you should be prepared to finance a off-campus storage room full of clothing closets, shoe storage shelves and an area for bags. Why? Have you seen the closet space available to each freshman in a double or triple?
The other option is to have her shop -- but promptly put these items on sale on EBay. Whether she makes money or not, at least she can claim to be an entrepreneur at school instead of simply excellent at shopping.