Living in the OC
Welcome to the OC! Orange County is widely known as the backdrop for many TV and
film dramas. Made up of 34 cities Orange County is mostly suburban and home to
outdoor adventure seekers such as surfers, skateboarders, cyclists, mountain bikers,
hikers, kayakers, and beach goers. With an estimated population of more than 3 million,
Orange County spans 800 square miles.
We understand that beginning a new graduate program can be challenging, so in order
to ease your transition, we have created this guide to help familiarize you with Orange
County and the surrounding area. The guide contains information on finding a residence,
transportation, and other general information to get you more acquainted with the area.
We hope you find the information helpful as you embark on your new graduate school
experience. Good luck!
Orange County enjoys a temperate Mediterranean climate with moderate
temperatures rarely exceeding 90F and low humidity. The rainy season is between
November and March, when a few rainy days are typically followed by many days of
sunshine and clear blue skies. Summer days are often tempered by sea breezes,
especially near the ocean, with cooler evenings.
Driving and Parking
As with any highly populated suburban area, driving can be hectic. There are several
major freeways; however, they can get congested especially during rush hour. During
those times you may prefer to travel to your destination using surface streets. If there are
no posted signs, the maximum speed is 25 miles per hour on city streets and 65 miles
per hour on freeways. California state law also requires using seat belts in all