Recent Alumnus 2010-09-22T17:36:11Z
Good Times – UCLA always has something to do, but the downside is you usually have to be in with a group since Greek life is very big at UCLA. I'm not a big partier, but people have a good time.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-22T17:33:29Z
Nothing to Complain About – I've never had a problem getting a computer when I've needed it at a lab. The addition of wireless Internet in all the dorms makes doing schoolwork and surfing in general much more convenient. WiFi coverage is solid throughout the campus. No complaints at all.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-20T06:13:33Z
I Just Said This! UCLA is a city within a city. It's huge and alive, and we're all a part of it. You don't feel lost in it though because people will remember you, they're friendly, and everyone wants developed connections. And they're here because they're intelligent and academically focused. Study groups are cool, gtting drunk and going crazy isn't. We just don't have the time for that.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-20T06:12:07Z
I Like It. The campus is gorgeous. It's like stepping back into the 1800s with all the brick buildings and gardens and trees everywhere. It's pretty spread out so you have to walk to get places, but it's really not so bad. They let people ride bikes around, and there's a bus system that shuffles people all over campus. It's definately a geeky campus. Everyone is going to be a doctor or engineer of some sort. It's 60 percent Asian, and sometimes your fellow students can barely understand English, but they study so hard that it usually doesn't matter. One of the coolest things about the diverse population and attitude of tolerance is that you see things you wouldn't other places. At 5 p.m., you're bound to see someone on a prayer rug facing Mecca. Off campus there are tons of good resturants and cool little movie theaters. As long as you don't have a problem with lab coats, UCLA is an excellent place to live. It' so big you feel like you're lost in a city inside a city, and you are! But that's okay because you belong to this little microcosm of a world.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-20T06:04:38Z
Sports Are So-So – Sports are a fairly big deal at UCLA with the UCLA/USC rivalry, but the fact is UCLA is better at research and academics than sports. Still, people have quite a bit of fun and let go of academics every once in a while to go watch UCLA lose at football. We also have a really affordable package for students, which makes it easy to attend all sporting events. It's $99 a quarter for all the football and basketball games, and all other sports are free regardless of whether or not you purchase the package. More than actual sports, there's a really nice student workout facility that offers all kinds of classes and group workout opportunities. You pay a small fee per quarter and can attend any class any time.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-19T03:47:45Z
Westwood Village – I give Westwood Village a B+ because of its lack of parking and parking ticketers. It has almost everything you would want from a plaza: movies, dining, and shopping, though the shopping is limited. Buffalo Exchange is in Westwood Village, which is a huge plus but I've been to better Buffalo Exchanges. The dining can get old after a while but you can't go wrong with Diddy Riesse cookie sandwiches for a buck! Mr. Noodle next door probably has the best Thai food and boba!
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-17T18:26:32Z
I Don't See It – There are people smoking all over campus; it stinks up my day. I don't know what else people do. I know that drinking is a big thing, and weed may also be too, but I don't see it. However, I do smell it around campus often.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-17T18:22:11Z
Living on Campus – On-campus life is okay. I stayed in Sunset Village-Courtside during my freshman year. It's kind of a dead zone because no one ventures outside of their rooms, with the private bathrooms and all. The quality of the room was nice, though. Hedrick Hall is also pretty nice; De Neve, although a plaza, seems to have a great social atmosphere.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-17T18:12:43Z
Westwood Dining Options – Although I haven't explored all of Westwood, the area does offer a wide selection of eateries to choose from. The popular and well-known one is Diddy Riese Cookies, an ice-cream sandwich, shaved ice, and cookie shop that always seems crowded but is worth the wait (the cookies are an affordable price and are delicious!). There's also Noodle Planet, which is about two or three blocks from the school. There is Yogurtland, Olive Garden, CPK,and boba places scattered through Westwood, too. Many places offer student discounts, but I don't think I've been to those places yet.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-17T04:42:06Z
Guys & Girls:
You don't need to dress all pretty to impress people.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-17T04:39:59Z
Computer Lab – There are new, improved computers than run a lot better than before.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-15T19:19:13Z
So Expensive – Parking is terrible, mostly because of the cost. There is no lack of parking, but guest parking is horrendous. If one is slightly over the time limit, it's an immediate ticket.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-15T19:12:00Z
Anything and Everything – Varsity sports are pretty important, especially football. What I like most, however, is the intramural sports. This is the league for the people who just want to play the game for fun. UCLA has everything from dodgeball to wheelchair basketball. And to make things sweeter, our athletic facility, the John Wooden Center, has all sorts of workout equipment, basketball courts, and even a rock-climbing wall. There's a little something for everyone.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-14T00:04:19Z
The University of California - Los Angeles has the most amazing campus I have seen in California, or any other state. There are many libraries to choose from, but my personal favorite is Powell Library. It has many quiet places to study and many places to study in groups. The lecture halls are amazing as well, equipped with microphones, projectors, and such.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-14T00:01:21Z
Living LA – Los Angeles is an amazing area filled with fun attractions and great people. I've lived in Los Angeles my entire life, and anytime I take a visit to another state or country, I can hardly wait to get back to Los Angeles. Everything is close to each other, and the bus routes are so easy to follow. The beach is always close, and there is great shopping. It is also a good place to learn about different cultures because of the diversity of the cultures all around. All in all, I LOVE Los Angeles!
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-13T14:57:58Z
Students with disabilities are understood and catered to in a comfortable way. The campus itself is beautiful.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-13T14:54:42Z
Lots of It. I live off campus, just a block from it. There are so many parties! People drink like there's no tomorrow. The partying happens mostly Thursday through Sunday. That's when it's the loudest. Many people who drink at these parties also smoke herb. It is very common to do those two things. There is a number of people, however, who don't party or who just drink water or juice and might smoke little to none. Some people were into drugs before coming to this school and they bring that attitude with them. Once a friend of mine come to campus tripping on LSD. This is rare, however. Doing drugs seems to be most common with north campus students.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-13T14:46:31Z
Guys & Girls:
Looks Pricey – The guys and girls vary in appearance. However, in general, there tends to be more Asian and white students, with very few African American students. Almost everyone dresses in quality clothes. I can tell that both the guys and girls shop in expensive stores. Specifics depend on what part of campus you're on. For example, on North campus (art, photography, cinema, theater), there are some pretty creative dressers with lots of color and layers of pants and skirts and scarves. The guys tend to wear tight pants.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-09T03:04:11Z
Buses Are the Way to Go, Go, Go! Buses are very available, and some of the bus lines give students a discounted fare.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-09T02:49:40Z
Health & Safety:
Very Safe. UCLA is located in a very safe area in Westwood. But that doesn't mean that community service officers and police officers neglect to patrol the grounds. I feel very safe walking around campus and around Westwood.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-09T02:46:12Z
Don't Let the Size Intimidate You – UCLA is a large school. The class sizes can be intimidating. However, a lot of the classes also require students to attend smaller discussion sections, encouraging (and by encouraging, I mean your grade usually depends on it) participation by discussing class topics. The professors generally make themselves available with office hours, as do the teaching assistants. So, help is available if you make the effort to seek it.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-08T18:06:20Z
Greek Culture Promotes Drinking – Greek life is a larger part of UCLA culture than I expected. Thursday night partying is a big deal even for people who have Friday classes. Greek life is just about drinking, which does not interest me.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-08T18:00:28Z
Dorms Far from Campus – I lived in Hedrick Hall, which happened to be the second oldest and farthest Hall from campus. All dorms are about a mile from classes, which can be very inconvenient.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-08T17:58:07Z
UCLA dining halls offer diverse menud of classic and ethnic dishes. I appreciate the wide variety of vegetarian selections in certain dining halls. However, it is inconvenient that no restaurants/cafes on campus are included in the meal plan. Only certain dining halls offer sack lunches, which makes it difficult to get lunch on my meal plan without having to pay extra at a school cafe.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-08T07:32:05Z
It's Los Angeles- You Can Find SOMETHING – Between the clubs on Sunset and the concert venues located all over town, it's easy to find something to do. There are also movie premieres and screenings in Hollywood, and comedy clubs and late-night diners to hang out in. You just have to pick up a paper and look at the events section. There's bound to be something you'll enjoy.
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