College Junior 2012-01-09T00:47:16Z
Yummy Food at Affordable Prices! Located in Westwood are some of the best off-campus dining places available. There are numerous Japanese style foods, a California Pizza Kitchen, and subs as well as Indian food and the famous ice cream at Diddy Riese. If the food at Westwood isn't enough, then it's only a bus ride away to more great food.
College Junior 2012-01-09T00:33:16Z
The Ideal Location for College Students – The UCLA campus is centered between Beverly Hills and Westwood. It is only a twenty minute Blue Bus ride to Santa Monica. The close vicinity to Beverly Hills provides an amount of safety for students while Westwood and Santa Monica serve as primary entertainment for everyone. Local eateries, boutiques, and the occasional sighting of a movie star are all found in Westwood. More popular shopping destinations such as the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica provide a relaxing atmosphere to students with the beach within eyesight and only walking distance away. Every student and person who attends UCLA will be able to find everything they are looking for and more.
College Junior 2012-01-07T06:17:22Z
Pretty Good – Westwood is fun if your an athlete or in the greek system.
College Junior 2012-01-07T06:00:12Z
Near-Campus Homes Are Best Option – I would not like to be a commuter. The traffic around the school is horrible. There is an escort, but it is a private police escort.
College Junior 2012-01-07T05:54:49Z
It's Easy to Stay Away from Drugs – For the short while that I've attended UCLA, I have not met a single person who uses drugs. Before the school year, the school required every student to take an online course on the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Students also have their dorms revised frequently to ensure no drugs or alcohol is present. There are also areas where smoking is prohibited.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-05T01:29:02Z
Westwood, the area immediately surrounding the campus and where most students live after getting out of the dorms, is a nice and safe area, but it's so expensive! We are right next to Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Brentwood, etc, and a lot of professionals live in Westwood, so the the restaurants tend to be on the higher side. There's only really two bars in the area, otherwise you need to head out to Santa Monica. Lots of frat parties, but I never really went to any of them since I was usually at some mixer for the business school.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-04T08:09:00Z
It Surrounds Me – First and foremost, the facilities on campus are aesthetically pleasing, at least to my eye. When not actually utilizing the resources on campus, I can find joy in just walking around them. I would not consider these places as social grounds or hangout areas but many people frequent the different facilities offered. Moreover, these buildings are kept in a nice condition. Some are nicer than others due to their more recent construction but the more rural feel to some of the buildings house the exact thing I enjoy as a student at UCLA.
College Junior 2012-01-04T00:02:30Z
The parking structures at school are generally full especially those close to class. They are also very expensive. Free street parking is hard to find.
College Junior 2012-01-04T00:01:44Z
Not So Strict – The campus is not so strict. They are strict on plagiarism and cheating; however, they give students a chance to redeem themselves. Socially, the campus is lenient unless the student is in a dangerous state of mind. I haven't gotten in trouble at school, so I don't know for sure.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-31T07:25:29Z
Tunnels, Parties and Lounging!! There are so many places to explore on campus we have steam tunnels under the campus and secret entrances scattered throughout but some are locked so you'll need someone who can pick a lock. You can also get to the roof of some buildings for a spectacular view of the city and I have heard of a telescope on top of one of the south campus buildings. The frat parties are very fun, boys do have a hard time getting in but girls dont have a problem. There is also a hookah bar and lounges to entertain complete with pool tables and air hockey.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-31T07:20:34Z
Very expensive and even visitors have to pay. However, there are a few loading and passenger pickup spaces that I have used before longer than what they supposedly there for and have never received a citation.
Recent Alumnus 2011-12-31T07:10:42Z
Plenty to choose from, and all very nice and well maintained. Everything is conveniently located close to Westwood which is an adventure in and of itself. There is even the possibility of a room for rent in Bel Air which is literally right across the street from campus.
College Senior 2011-12-30T00:03:50Z
Parking in westwood is either extremely expensive or impossible to find.
College Senior 2011-12-30T00:01:19Z
Land in westwood is pretty expensive in general so you can expect high prices for apartments, but the apartments are where it's happening
College Junior 2011-12-29T21:20:59Z
One of the Best – UCLA is a top ranked school in nearly every academic category. There's a reason why more people apply here than any other school in the world.
College Junior 2011-12-29T19:18:47Z
Pricey but Nice, Lots of Options – There's a lot of choice in dorms. I advise staying in a hall freshman and maybe sophomore years because they're the most social. Hall bathrooms are definitely acceptable, and most dorms have been remodeled recently or are completely new. Dorms tend to be pretty small, so if you want more space go with the pricier plazas or suites. It does cost a lot to live on campus, but it's worth it for the social aspect and food. Junior and senior year, most people get apartments because of price and space.
College Junior 2011-12-29T19:14:56Z
Health & Safety:
I Feel Safe – UCLA is actually in a very nice part of LA, between Brentwood, Bel Air, and Beverly Hills. I've never felt unsafe on campus, though I wouldn't go off campus at night without a buddy. There's security everywhere and numbers to call for help or an escort home. The biggest crimes are petty theft, so just be careful about your valuables and don't leave your things everywhere.
College Junior 2011-12-29T19:08:18Z
Be Smart About It or Get Sent Home – On-campus drug and alcohol restrictions are very strict. There is also a strict honor code that can result in immediate termination. However, it's easy to stay smart about partying and honest about schoolwork, so I don't worry extensively about punishment.
College Junior 2011-12-29T19:05:36Z
Nothing Not to Love – I am in love with my school. I love the classes, food, campus, surroundings, and people. There's almost nothing I can complain about besides cost. You have to work pretty hard, but there are also plenty of opportunities to unwind. I can't imagine myself anywhere else.
College Junior 2011-12-29T19:01:20Z
Choose What You Want Out of Your College Experience – UCLA is in Cali, so of course there's lots of weed. Drinking is also readily available because a lot of students have fake IDs or connections with upperclassmen. However, on-campus restrictions are very strict and definitely enforced. You can easily stay clean, as many students do, or go off campus and party all you want. Police often break up parties if they're too loud though.
College Junior 2011-12-29T18:57:26Z
Great Varsity and Club Sports – UCLA has great athletics, though both football and basketball have been disappointing this past year. Most students purchase a Den Pass, which allows you to go to all games. You have to take a bus to most big events, and it costs a few bucks each time you want to ride. Varsity and club sports are very popular and usually really good. There are pretty great athletic facilities, and students are pretty spirited.
College Junior 2011-12-29T18:52:33Z
Demonstrate Need – I didn't receive any financial aid from my school, which was quite a bummer. However, they do a pretty good job with scholarships and aid if you demonstrate need. There's lots of opportunity for work-study, and you can make appointments with financial aid personnel to help maximize your benefits. It's such a pricey school that almost everyone could use aid. It's hard to get in touch with people on the phone, and sometimes the online resources are confusing. Best bet is to go to the office and do everything in person.
College Junior 2011-12-29T18:48:57Z
Guys & Girls:
Great Choice for Everyone – Students at UCLA are all smart and talented, otherwise they wouldn't be here. There is quite a bit of diversity in interests and social life, from nerds to ravers to well-rounded young adults. There are a LOT of Asians, but you are pretty much guaranteed to find someone your type. Dress is pretty much urban-chic or college comfy- lots of t-shirts and shorts. I got into a relationship pretty early on, but I know a lot of people who prefer to stay single and mingle. Lots of good-looking, incredible people.
College Junior 2011-12-29T18:42:09Z
Helpful but Not Essential – My computer broke during the first month of school, and I thought I was dead. However, I realized there are computer labs everywhere. You can even check out laptops from the libraries or borrow from your friends, which is what I mostly did. The only time it gets harder is during finals. Almost everyone has their own computer, but you can definitely survive without one. Wireless internet has been great for me, but I do know people that need ethernet cables to boost connection in the dorms. Sometimes it crashes during finals when all the students are online. I didn't bring a printer, but my roommate has one. It's nice to have one in the room, but it's easy enough to print without one.
College Junior 2011-12-29T18:33:56Z
Get an Internship – There are many internship positions available to students, especially in the grad schools. I have not personally had one, but I plan on seeking one in the future. Since UCLA is so huge, there is a lot of research that seek student help. Internships definitely help with hands-on experience in your field and future job opportunities.
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