College Senior 2012-09-13T06:05:06Z
Good Luck – Off campus parking is expensive. You can find free parking if you are wiling to walk at least half an hour to get to class. On campus parking is ridiculously expensive and the lots are not in the most convenient places. I would recommend living nearby and riding a bike or walking. Stay away from cars unless they are an absolute must for long commutes.
College Senior 2012-09-13T05:58:33Z
Guys & Girls:
You Will Be Proud to Be Seen at This School. Everyone has interests and most people have passions. You will never find boring people here. Everyone dresses well and you will always be proud to be seen with the people you are with. There are so many great activities provided by the school and great opportunities for outreach to neighborhood communities that it's easy to find people you might be interested in forming relationships with. Guys and girls are very attractive and athletic. You will be inspired to stay in shape.
College Junior 2012-09-10T20:57:46Z
If you want to go somewhere not too far from UCLA, you can always walk since restaurants, bars, movies, etc, are all walking distance, If you want to travel further down, there are at least 20 different local buses that take you in all different directions, such as Santa Monica, the Westfield Mall, Kaiser Hospital etc. If you have a license, students are even allowed to rent cars for the day under a UCLA company called "Zipcar" which runs at a 24/7 convenience. They provide a gas card to fill up your zipcard with zero charge, they provide insurance if you somehow get into an accident, and provide a 180 mileage for the day. It costs a little extra more for more mileage but not even to make you cringe. Lastly, UCLA offers van service. Five vans operate on a nightly basis and routinely pick up passengers from five designated pick-up areas every 15-20 minutes: Ackerman Turnaround, De Neve Turnaround, Perloff Hall – west side, Young Drive East – across the street and west of Murphy Hall, and Hilgard and Manning – northeast corner. If you know someone who operates the van service, they are more than willing to drop you off at a different location other than the ones just mentioned. However, it cannot be more than 30 miles from UCLA.
College Junior 2012-09-10T20:41:38Z
Sun Everywhere! Throughout the entire year, the majority of the time it was always sunny with no clouds. Everyone is always outside, playing sports, taking naps, studying, hanging out with people, campaigning, advertising their clubs and all that college good stuff. However, when Winter comes, it rains heavily at least once or twice a week. Those were the times where I probably never went to class because the classes were so far away from the dorms. I especially did not go if I only had one class for the day. I was not willing to get soaked for one class. Rainy days were usually the dead days on campus. During the Summer, it is excruciatingly hot but luckily, UCLA has at least 4 pools to dive into and air conditioning in all the buildings. Everyone is in shorts and dresses all day long and everyone always had a beach towel around their neck, ready to go swimming after class.
College Junior 2012-09-10T20:22:43Z
The food is always delicious! We have up to 4 different dining halls. 3 out of the 4 almost contain the same food on different days-fried chicken, hamburgers and fries, pasta, yogurt and fruit, dessert, fish, etc.- but the new one UCLA just built is dedicated to Asian style food such as seafood. If you are on the go and want a quick snack, there are 2 places to go that serve coffee, smoothies, sandwiches, pastries, soup, pizza, pasta etc. The best part of dining at UCLA is that everything is based on a system called "swipes". Depending on what meal plan you buy, depends on the amount of swipes you get. For example, if I decide to go to a dining hall, one swipe allows me to step into the dining hall and get whatever I want. It acts almost like an all you can eat buffet. There's a reason why it's called "The Freshman 15". If I was on the go, I could buy a coffee and a pastry with one of my swipes. Not only that, but if you want to invite a couple of friends or family members to eat with you, you can also "swipe" them in as well. In essence, your card that you "swipe" with, acts as a UCLA debit card.
College Junior 2012-09-10T19:52:45Z
Drinking Is More Popular – More people drink rather than partake in different kinds of drugs.
College Junior 2012-09-10T02:46:22Z
Lots of Buses – There are three city branches of buses that reach UCLA there is LA metro, Culver City buses, and Big Blue buses. The public transportation can be confusing at first, but if you research online like mapping out your destinations you will be fine and won't get lost. You can get discount fares in the Big Blue bus and in the Culver City bus swiping your student ID.Additionally, UCLA has its own free BruinBus that travels short distances around Westwood; however they don't run late so don't rely on them at night.
College Junior 2012-09-10T02:28:54Z
Not a Big Issue – Students mainly drink at parties off campus.It simply varies with the group of people they party with. Drugs it would mainly be smoking.
College Sophomore 2012-09-05T21:31:00Z
Los Angeles is the entertainment capital of the world. Within just 20 minutes of UCLA is the beautiful Santa Monica Pier, the always busy Hollywood tourist sites and just 5 minutes away is the westwood center. In the westwood center you will find plenty of delicious dining options as well as a movie theatre.
College Sophomore 2012-09-05T21:27:00Z
We are always in the top 10 for best campus dining. In fact, before they started including culinary arts schools in the rankings, UCLA was always in the top 3. Needless to say, our dining halls provide delicious meals to satisfy our hungry stomachs. One thing is for sure, if eating a delicious meal is a factor in choosing a college then UCLA is the option for you.
College Sophomore 2012-09-05T21:21:53Z
Westwood Is the Place to Be – There are so many great options to choose from. Westwood is one of the go to destinations in Los Angeles. From the delicious Diddy Riese ice cream shop to the always fulfilling in n out there are endless options.
College Sophomore 2012-09-05T21:19:27Z
One of the best resources we have on campus is the availability of the computer labs, printing on campus, and how reliable and fast the internet connection is. UCLA provides a map of hot spots that will even narrow down the spots with the fastest connection.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-05T16:02:24Z
Southern California Sunshine – The stories you hear about Southern California sunshine are true. It rains occasionally during March and April but for the most part, even in Winter, the sun will be shining. Great if you like to be outdoors and at the beach.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-05T15:57:55Z
UCLA is first and foremost a research institution. With that said, there is a huge variety of research projects going on in every department. No matter what your interests are, chances are you can find an opportunity to participate in research projects that interest you, sometimes even with pay. When applying for jobs or internships or graduate school, these research experiences will be tremendously helpful.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-05T15:47:20Z
Must Be 21+ – Various bar options in Westwood. Lots more options of bars and clubs in nearby Santa Monica, Venice, and Hollywood. Not many opportunities outside of college parties for those not 21+ though. Plenty of bus and cab transportation to get you where you want to go and back.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-05T15:36:58Z
Health & Safety:
Extremely Safe – Surrounding neighborhood is safe and clean. Escort service is available from community officers when wanted. Police and fire departments are nearby and constantly on patrol. High-quality health services available on campus and nearby hospital.
College Sophomore 2012-09-04T21:12:53Z
Guys & Girls:
It Feels Safer Than Home – UCLA just feels safe. You're in Westwood, right next to Bel-Air, so you're in one of the highest quality areas in SoCal. If you're out at night and alone walking back to your dorm, you can call a FREE escort service to get you back safe. The police work for the state, so they have all the authority of the state police dept. We have some of the lowest aggressive crime rates in the US; most of the crime is burglary and petty stealing. Honestly, it really feels safer than home.
College Sophomore 2012-09-04T20:58:54Z
One of the Best in the Country – We have so many NCAA Championships, we're running out of places to put them all! Every sport, from football to waterpolo, draws huge student support. And why not, since we are so often the victors. The superior athletic facilities definitely contribute to our athletic dominance. If you ever need proof of our dedication to sports, just come to the Rose Bowl when we play USC. Chances are you won't leave the same person you were when you came in.
College Senior 2012-09-04T20:37:15Z
There are students of many different races, religions and ethnic groups in UCLA. Its an amazing experience to get to know different kind of people and work with them.
College Senior 2012-09-03T23:19:54Z
Love the Off Campus Apartments – I live in Glenrock West, the off-campus UCLA owned apartments, and I really can't complain. It's right near campus and I don't have to worry about a RA breathing down my neck every time I step in the building (unlike the dorms).
College Senior 2012-09-03T23:18:19Z
Can't Complain – Theres a wide variety of places to eat on/near campus. I never get tired of it and I am always finding a new place to eat.
College Senior 2012-09-03T23:08:13Z
Great Overall – The sports atmosphere at UCLA is awesome. Everyone has a lot of school pride and each home sports game is completely packed with students. Game days are the best!
College Senior 2012-09-03T23:02:44Z
I generally never have a huge problem with parking on/near campus, but sometimes the traffic in the area, plus the amount of students during class rush hours, can make it hard to find a spot
College Sophomore 2012-09-03T22:55:42Z
Sunny LA – There's never snow here. Never gets too hot or too cold. The beach always have nice weather as well.
College Sophomore 2012-09-03T22:50:01Z
Like most major schools, there are many white students on campus. With UCLA, however, there are many students with different backgrounds.
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