College Junior 2012-08-23T22:50:22Z
Smoking is the most prevalent, other than alcohol. Both are very easy to find (which can be good OR bad). You don't smell it or see it unless you seek it out (or you have a neighbor who wants to get in trouble with the RA). Both smoking and drinking are really easy to find, but it is also just as easy to avoid that lifestyle. It's a big campus, you'll find both types of people.
College Junior 2012-08-23T22:43:21Z
Lots of Renovations – UCLA is working hard at making sure all of the on campus housing is up to par. Two new dorms were recently opened and two older buildings are being renovated; those two plus a third new building are set to open in time for the 2013-2014 school year. There are a lot of options and the staff is nice, but the front desks aren't always too efficient. Also, it's really expensive.
College Junior 2012-08-23T22:39:19Z
Health & Safety:
Don't Be Stupid – When I went for orientation before my freshman year, a UCLA police officer literally drove me to my dorm (I was lost) because he didn't have anything else to do. Needless to say, UCLA is a very safe campus. As long as you aren't asking for trouble you will be fine. There are Community Service Officers patrolling every night around the dorms, campus is well lit at night, and if you want a police escort to walk you they are always available.
College Junior 2012-08-23T22:35:46Z
Anything and Everything – UCLA has something for everyone. There are so many clubs/groups/organizations that you will be able to find whatever you are looking for. The weather is amazing, the campus is beautiful, and LA is right there if you ever want to go out and do something.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-21T02:40:13Z
Guys & Girls:
Hot Hot Hot – The girls are hot and nice. The guys are friendly and cool. Overall, this school is full of great students.
College Sophomore 2012-08-20T21:54:17Z
So Much School Spirit – Next year, I am totally looking into buying a den pass. Despite our last football game against USC being kind of embarrassing, UCLA is still the best school for basketball and many other sports. the new basketball court should be opening this year, and so the games will be amazing. Watching other games, such as soccer or tennis, I believe is free with a bruin card, so that's definitely a plus. It costs 100 dollars to watch all home basketball and football games, so being a bruin has its perks if you're into those sports. :)
College Sophomore 2012-08-20T21:39:40Z
Sproul Experiences – My sister, who is also a UCLA student, stayed at Sproul last year. When we would visit, it was pretty quiet and she would never complain about it being too loud for her to study like it was at her freshman dorm. But the downside was that she didn't feel it was too social, despite the floor events and all that the building would host. The bathrooms were nice, and relatively clean, and it was definitely an upgrade from Dykstra.
College Sophomore 2012-08-20T21:36:04Z
Not Many Choices for Business – Although I am a biology major, my sister started at UCLA two years before I did. And the deciding factor between UCI and UCLA was basically the name. Although UCI offered more choices for business, UCLA seemed like the more challenging and better option. Had UCLA incorporated different minors or a variety of business majors, I think business majors would definitely feel more comfortable choosing it. My sister is a Business Econ major with a minor in Accounting. This is one of the few options she has, but she is still happy with it.
College Junior 2012-08-20T20:44:28Z
Saxon Suites – Saxon Suites are pretty spacious. It has 2 bedrooms, a shower, a bathroom and a living room. It's a good way to start off college if you're not used to living in a crowded space and you want your privacy. You won't have to check in with anyone. No elevator. No curfew.
College Senior 2012-08-15T17:07:23Z
It is cheaper to live off campus with room mates than on campus in the dorms. Lots of apartments around campus.
College Senior 2012-08-15T17:04:43Z
Tons of stuff to do in Westwood and it is safe to walk around at night with a group of friends. Concerts and sporting events all over. Hollywood is not far away.
College Senior 2012-08-15T16:59:31Z
There are lots of opportunities to attend sports events like football and basketball. Student discounts are given.
College Junior 2012-08-14T18:16:52Z
LA, Where Dreams Are Made Reality – This fast pace city keeps you on your toes. LA is the city of opportunity! In the words of Mr. Walt Disney, who made his dream a reality right here in LA, "If you can dream it, you can do it."
College Junior 2012-08-14T18:10:00Z
Westwood Dining – Westwood has some of the best dining options for UCLA students. BJ's and California Pizza Kitchen are delicious as always. You can get some of the best sushi at Ami or Yomata for very cheap. For dessert you MUST try Diddy Riese to build your own ice cream cookie sandwich for only $1.75. And after a late night of partying or studying you can hit up Fat Sal's where you can find the fattest subs out there! My personal favorite is the Fat Buffalo (chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, and french fries all smothered in buffalo sauce and ranch dressing)
College Junior 2012-08-14T18:01:00Z
Thirsty Thursdays – Thursday nights is where the party's at! All up Strathamore and Gayley you'll find numerous Frat houses and apartment complexes that will cater to your Party Animal needs!
College Junior 2012-08-14T17:56:56Z
Guys & Girls:
You Have Options! Go Greek and you'll be mingling with some of the hottest co-eds on the West Coast! The whole campus is so diverse and the
"good-looking" gene seems to run through these Bruins. There won't be a day you walk on Bruin Walk and don't spot a cutie. Not to mention the athletes! UCLA athletes have the hottest bodies ;)
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-14T05:51:19Z
Costly but Convenient – It really depends on the people you get on your floor. Even some of the more supposedly quieter dorms can be nice if you end up having social people. It's pretty convenient because it's relatively close to campus and you have meal plans. It is a bit expensive though.
College Senior 2012-08-13T20:52:22Z
The diversity at UCLA is pretty average. There is about 30% white students, 30% Asian students, and the other 40% of the students fall under a whole range of different types of students such as african american, mexican, indian, ect.
College Junior 2012-08-11T17:08:50Z
Guys & Girls:
More Beneath the Surface – Guys and girls at UCLA are very diverse: there are athletic, academic, socially involved, activists, partiers and airheads. On a surface level, it is easy to judge by looks, and most students are pretty good looking. However, most students have a passion for making the most of their time not only at UCLA but as young adults entering the world. And this is more attractive than physical appearance.
College Junior 2012-08-11T16:56:05Z
Drinking Is More Common – With a campus this large and a student group this diverse, the exposure to drugs and alcohol depends on the group one choses to follow. There are plenty of enthusiasts looking for a good time but also plenty of students who chose to have safe, sober fun. And most people respect your choice of who to surround yourself with.
College Junior 2012-08-09T18:55:55Z
Very High Student Interest/ Involvement – The Den Passes are a big part of getting students to get involved with and attend basketball games. You always see students cheering and vying for their home team.
College Junior 2012-08-09T18:49:46Z
Guys & Girls:
Some Are Really Attractive Some Are Not – I'd have to say that a lot of girls and guys are pretty hot. The ones you see walking around campus with nice clothes seem caught up with themselves. People can be really down to earth if you give them a chance.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-09T15:52:25Z
Great Off Campus Food - but Expensive – Westwood is known for its restaurants, boutiques, and salons, however, these are not easy on the wallet. They have a great new italian-style pizza place, tons of mexican food, gourmet french cafes, sushi, In-n-Out, falafel shops, sandwich shops, bagel shops, and pretty much anything else you want. The noodle-bar seems pretty popular, and a lot of the stores and restaurants right off campus have student specials. Despite the student specials, it is pretty hard to get a sit-down meal (even at a sandwich place) for under $15. The one HUGE perk is that we have Diddy-Reese's Ice Cream Sandwich shop, which will sell you a delicious Ice-Cream sandwich with 2 cookies and ice cream of your choice for $2.50! Or you can buy a dozen of "yesterday's cookies" for the same amount! Overall - food is good off campus, but you can't eat it every day.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-09T15:46:51Z
Lack of Healthy Options – As much as the food normally tastes good, it is hard to go to the salad bar over and over again. There aren't many healthy options with pastas, burgers, and pizzas in your face all day - along with every fried fast food chain serving food on campus. Even the salad place over-dresses their salads and without another option you get tired of salad pretty quickly. The food is not poor quality, but at the dining halls it is made for thousands of students, so your definitely not getting gourmet grilled veggies anytime soon. And, at the vendors, well, they are vendors and most are not thinking about healthy alternatives to fried tacos and chinese food. The sushi place, jamba juice, and maybe one sandwich place are your only semi-healthy options if you want to change up the salad options.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-09T15:41:13Z
Love the MBA Program – As a business masters goes, UCLA Anderson is providing great opportunities for me to explore what I want. I was an engineering undergrad and really wanted to get a breadth of business experience before focusing and the school has really allowed me to do that. I also wanted to the opportunity to be involved with the graduate and undergraduate community in order to build relationships and potentially find an idea for a start up. I feel that those connections have definitely been built among the business school students, but not necessarily between the graduate and undergraduate communities.
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