Spring Break Dates for California Colleges in 2018

University Recesses in February, March, and April Across the State

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Spring break is one of American students' favorite times of the year, and if you are currently enrolled in a California college or university, chances are you already know when your spring break will be in 2018. However, this complete list of college spring breaks in California will help you schedule your vacation and plan for when friends at other schools will be free to celebrate with you.

For tourists visiting California's biggest college cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacremento, and Santa Cruz, college spring break means bigger crowds and longer wait times at local restaurants, though many students head out of their college towns for a spring break destination vacation, too.

In 2018, the majority of Californian colleges have spring break in late-March and early-April, which is several weeks later than the average for schools in other U.S. states. While some of these universities operate on a two-semester schedule, others operate on a four-quarter timeline, meaning their "spring break" is between spring quarter one and spring quarter two instead of in the middle of a class' semester schedule.

Spring Break Dates in 2018

For the California colleges listed below, classes will not be in session during the dates listed, but school offices may still be open. Check the full academic calendar for each school for more information on closures and other school holidays.

Things to Do for Spring Break

Now that you're aware of your spring break dates, it's time to start planning what to do with them. 2018 promises to be a great year for students, with party destinations throwing some of the biggest events on record, and budget destinations reducing their prices like never before.

If you're traveling on a budget, there are fortunately a number of cheap spring break destinations including spending the break on a staycation at your university or college or heading out to one of California's many beautiful beaches nearby. On the other hand, you could drop a little extra money this year and head to one of the ​10 hottest U.S. spring break destinations, from partying on a beach in Hawaii to seeing a Broadway show in New York City.

Wherever you go, though, make you stay safe during spring break. Remember to research the dangerous parts of town if you're traveling to a new city and to make digital copies of important documents if you're traveling abroad.