College Sophomore 2012-12-21T14:15:58Z
I hate the parking at my school. It makes you not want to have a car. The parking cost is absolutely ridiculous. Even if you try and find a spot off campus, you would still have to pay.
College Sophomore 2012-12-21T14:10:11Z
Guys & Girls:
Not everyone is good-looking and attractive, but there are a few of us. Most students are into studying a lot.
College Junior 2012-12-21T11:56:12Z
Yes, many people here are either Caucasian or south/east Asian, but there are PLENTY, and I repeat, PLENTY of blacks and Hispanic students here.
Ucla is a public school and under California Proposition 209, which passed in 1997, cannot use race as a criteria in admissions.
There are clubs for just about every culture on campus. Almost every ethnic group and religious group you can imagine is represented in some way.
Unfortunately, there is not much diversity in ideas around here as much of the student body is very liberal. These are the same liberals who preach the value of diversity but only when doing so comes at the expense of Caucasian students.
I am a minority student myself, but I cannot stand these left-wing hypocrites. The campus is not as hostile as Berkeley is to non-liberals, but you can bet it is not as common to see people openly identify as such.
College Junior 2012-12-21T11:40:58Z
BE WARNED: It gets really hot here during the first month of school in the Fall. My shirt was soaked in sweat from simply walking from my dorm to class and it was really embarrassing.
It gets better as the cold season starts to kick in, but then you have a lot of rain. If you have boots and a good jacket you'll be fine and if you live on campus it really isn't an inconvenience.
Basically just be aware that it's not always bright and sunny as people make it out to be.
College Junior 2012-12-21T11:36:25Z
Fortunately I didn't need too much financial aid, but going through the process was quite frustrating as I had nobody to help me with it.
The Bruin Bill page on my account wasn't the easiest to follow and it was very hard to tell what all the different pages meant. I would suggest including some sort of key and perhaps a tutorial video on how to read the information as it is presented.
If you are local, then I would definitely recommend going to the financial aid office in person to settle things you don't understand, but tough luck for those like me who live several hours away from their campus.
College Junior 2012-12-21T11:30:29Z
The Public transit system around campus is pretty fair, given the reputation that public transit has in LA.
The buses that stop in Ackerman, Santa Monica (blue) bus and Culver City (green) bus, are 50 cents if you're a student and can take you most places in West LA. They start running as early as 5 am and run fairly late as well. The great thing about them is also that since they make their first stop in Ackerman, they are usually not crowded when they arrive.
There are other buses around the university, though I have personally not taken any buses besides the Santa Monica and Culver City buses.
If you wish to get to the airport, you have a few options.
A) You can take the aforementioned Santa Monica and Culver City buses for 50 cents to the LAX Transit Center where you will be able to take a free LAX shuttle bus to whichever terminal you need. This route will usually last at least an hour, but for less than a dollar it is really worth it (at least for me).
B) There is a flyaway shuttle bus that leaves to LAX from Westwood Village over on Gayley. The bus costs $10, no cash, and the ride usually lasts anywhere from half an hour to 50-something minutes depending on the traffic. It leaves every hour on the hour from 6 am to 11 pm. If you live on campus, give yourself about half an hour at least to walk over there because it is not as close as you would expect. Unlike the regular bus, there are racks for your luggage.
C) You could always take a cab to LAX. All the local taxies are heavily regulated and charge the same rates so it does not matter which company you call (at least with respect to cost).
The only reason I give it a B rather than an A is because there are no metro stops nearby campus. The metro takes you to most other parts of LA including downtown, Korea town, Hollywood, etc.
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-20T21:31:08Z
The weather is always gorgeous, it only rains a few days a year and is always comfortable. I wear shorts 80% of the time and am fine! You can go to the beach almost any time of the year and is beautiful weather year round.
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-20T21:23:35Z
It is really fun at UCLA, there is always an apartment party or a frat house party to go to. There are 3 or 4 great bars within walking distance and everyone is really nice and we always have a great time. There are free safe-rides if needed and also taxis. There are no clubs very close, all are a bit of a drive away but no one goes to clubs because the frat parties are basically the same thing without having to spend money or worry about 21 and older restrictions.
College Junior 2012-12-20T21:07:54Z
There are several places to choose from int the city of Westwood, but the places are not all that convenient and with reasonable prices. For example there is a Bj's, but Bj's is not exactly cheap. We are better off just going to Ralphs (which is also in the city) and buying groceries for a more reasonable price.
College Junior 2012-12-20T21:05:01Z
The computer labs are always extremely full, and this is understandable. However, sometimes the printers are slow and they can delay.
College Junior 2012-12-20T21:03:33Z
I had never attended a school where there was so much diversity, personally. I have met people of many races, and I find this to be very different from my previous school but it makes me more knowledgeable of other cultures.
College Senior 2012-12-20T05:46:01Z
It's a nightmare, and it's expensive. It's currently $12 for the whole day, and you can only park at certain lots. The lots aren't very convenient, either. HOWEVER, you don't really need a car on campus, so if you don't have one, you shouldn't bring one, unless you plan on going around East L.A. or Santa Monica all the time, and even then, I would recommend taking the bus.
College Senior 2012-12-20T05:41:40Z
The computer lab is usually really crowded during the morning and early afternoon, but during the evenings and night-times, it's a nice place to go. There's the CLICC lab, which has a lot of computers. You have to wait in line, though, unless you use the standing print stations. However, there are laptop lending stations all across campus, where you can borrow a laptop (Macbook dual-boot into Mountain Lion and Windows 7) for 4 hours for free as long as you have your Bruin card. You can also renew it. After third week of school, the lab is open 24 hours from Monday to Friday, which is really nice. The wi-fi across campus is okay. It's better in the dorms but on campus it can be spotty (Rolfe and Dodd come to mind as being "poor wi-fi" places).
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-20T00:11:19Z
The UCLA Athletics program is a lot of fun. The Den pass is available for students for football and basketball games and all other games are free for students.
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-20T00:08:45Z
There are lots of options available and different payment methods available for printing documents.
Recent Alumnus 2012-12-20T00:07:36Z
The dining halls have great food and lots of options including buffets and take out food. Lots of chain restaurants and fast food options are also available on campus and in Westwood.
College Sophomore 2012-12-19T19:12:22Z
UCLA enforces many "no tolerance" polices. Warnings are very rare when it comes to issues like plagiarism and cheating. Alcohol use is a bit more of a flexible topic. Students are usually given one warning but after that you are sent to the dean's office. Underage drinking is strictly prohibited and campus police is very attentive to issues of that sort.
College Sophomore 2012-12-19T19:02:47Z
Not only does the campus shuttle provide convenient transportation to and from the campus apartments, the Los Angeles city buses are very helpful and efficient in getting you to places like Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Union Station and then back to campus. Riding the buses is very easy and quite cost efficient. Super shuttles and fly aways are also helpful when going from LAX to campus and vice versa. Overall, transportation is easy and excellent on campus.
College Senior 2012-12-18T02:37:55Z
you can check out macbook pros from the libraries for day use
College Senior 2012-12-18T02:33:57Z
Beautiful italian-influenced architecture, new or newly renovated and clean
College Senior 2012-12-18T02:31:11Z
If you like warm, sunny weather, sandy beaches, and city living, its all here and more.
College Sophomore 2012-12-17T04:07:58Z
Greek Life dominates the social scene. There's nowhere to really party other than frat houses or small apartments.
College Senior 2012-12-17T02:04:43Z
There are all kinds of dining options in Westwood with a variety of price ranges.
College Sophomore 2012-12-12T20:21:22Z
Bus fare is pretty cheap - 50 cents one way trip. Parking is $11/day or $3 per hour (pay at the pay stations in the parking structures and go in via the visitor section). THERE IS NO FREE PARKING AT UCLA. Citations are about $60 each. Travel on Campus - walk or use bike/skateboard/scooter. Rating is so low because the traffic in L.A. is pretty much always bad and congested.
College Sophomore 2012-12-12T20:16:57Z
I have to admit, the campus traditions are really nice to have. Sometimes there are too many events all the time. Libraries (Powell and Young Research) are both nice and spiffy. Aesthetics is something UCLA has definitely got with many of its North Campus architecture. And South Campus has grown on me, too with its more urban and industrious look.
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