Recent Alumnus 2010-08-30T21:39:56Z
Could Be Better and Cheaper – I wish the prices were more student-friendly.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-29T03:11:13Z
It's Been a Great Year of Life – I am learning so much that I am just in love with school. You can find everything you dream of.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-29T03:08:03Z
Its a Small Country Itself. When I arrived in LA, I never thought I could meet so many people. There are people from nearly every country in the world. It's so nice to find different people with different background making groups, partying, and studying together. I feel like UCLA is its own small world.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-29T03:04:08Z
Good to GO – I would definitely say Westwood Village is a good place to chill out. You can find any kind of food you want. It has so many different varieties and all are within a mile distant of the school.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-28T16:33:23Z
The bus schedules are pretty good. People mostly wait for only 15 minutes for each bus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-28T16:28:34Z
Large Varieties of Transportation – There are many shuttles around the school that run between shopping centers, LAX airport, and school.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-28T16:24:28Z
Nice and Safe Campus – Students can call for an escort to get them back to dorm. In general, students only have to wait 10 minutes for this free service.
College Senior 2010-08-27T05:07:18Z
My school is one of the most diverse schools in the nation, with people from all sorts of demographics of the United States and from all over the world.
College Senior 2010-08-27T05:05:43Z
Sunny and Clear – It's Los Angeles, enough said.
College Senior 2010-08-27T05:04:20Z
Keep Your Nose Clean – You can have fun and stay out of trouble. The police will only breakup the insane ragers, so if you're having a good time while not really disturbing anyone, you'll be fine. Play it cool and safe. (But you can always have fun.)
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-19T21:30:33Z
Apartments Vary in Prices Depending on Location – There are different price ranges, depending on which side you're on and which you prefer. North of Wilshire on the dorm side are the party apartments and they are expensive, crowded, and have no parking. North of Wilshire on the campus side is very quiet. It is usually the same price but is really close to campus. It has no parking, as well. South of Wilshire, the apartments have some parking and are relatively big in size, but they are far from campus. Shuttles are available only at certain times.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-19T07:19:33Z
UCLA isn't a dry campus, but if you're acting stupidly drunk or high in public, the UCPD will definitely arrest you. If you look/act fine, then you'll be fine. Peer pressure isn't too bad; people do what they want. It's clear that it exists on campus, and it's funny to watch the drunk people come back to campus on Thursday nights and get food at BruCaf. Pot and cocaine seem to be the most popular drugs at UCLA.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-19T07:18:03Z
Lots of Parties! There's always a party at UCLA, whether it's at the clubs in Hollywood if you're over 21 or local apartment parties and frat parties. A lot of it is who you know. Clubs tend to have parties and rent out clubs for parties. It's never hard to find a party. The only problem is if the party isn't on campus or in the nearby apartments, it's hard to get good, fast transportation.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-19T07:15:13Z
Guys & Girls:
Pretty Greek – The guys and girls at UCLA are generally pretty hot. There is a very big presence of Greek life at UCLA. There are always sorority girls and frat guys wearing Greek clothes. There are lots of hipster and indie styles present on campus. There is another group on campus that is nerdy and simple. There are always frat parties on Thursday nights and lots of apartment parties. The social life on campus is pretty good, and there are tons of clubs. However, if you don't have a car, it's hard to get into LA because public transportation takes so long.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-18T17:39:28Z
Horrible. There's limited parking and high prices.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-18T17:36:09Z
Health & Safety:
UCLA is a very safe university. We have our own police department. In addition, we have our very own UCLA EMS service. The campus is extremely well lit, and there are always students on campus. We even have a number you can call to have a UCLA safety van pick you up from anywhere on campus late at night.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-18T17:33:46Z
Economics here at UCLA is great. The professors always have office hours and are always willing to help. They constantly ask us if we need clarifications on any subject. Many of the professors come from different countries. Although this is positive since it allows for diversity, it also brings up one negative aspect: heavy accents.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-13T22:18:50Z
There is variety and an abundance of housing near the school.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-13T22:17:23Z
Sorority/Fraternity Parties – They're rowdy, noisy, and fun.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-13T22:14:32Z
Whole Foods – Cost is average. There is a great variety of food choices, and the food is healthy. Already prepared meals taste like homemade.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-13T05:08:21Z
Smoking Is Most Prevalent – Although not throughout campus, it is prevalent outside Powel.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-13T04:59:48Z
Big Campus, Yet Never Felt Lost – Academics within UCLA are amazing, I haven't had a professor yet that isn't passionate about the subjects and the students. Most classes are divided into lecture and discussion, which really helps big lectures. Powel Library is just beautiful!
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-11T09:22:07Z
The UCLA campus is really well-kept and beautiful. There is always stuff to do and a lot of clubs to join. Additionally, the education is excellent, although some professors may be more into research than education. Overall, it's a great place to be, and even though I was homesick my first year, I can say that didn't stop me from having a good time with really awesome friends. However, you need to make sure you stay on track with your studies or else you'll fall behind quickly because of the tri-quarter system. But that's why we're here. Studying is important, but so is learning how to be a part of the community.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-11T08:28:49Z
Health & Safety:
Incredibly Safe, Good Environment – The UCLA campus is really safe. Even though I study at the library and head back to the dorms late at night, I never felt that walking back was dangerous. Even so, it is good to walk with a couple of friends at night. If you need it, there are a lot of campus services available, like one where somebody walks you back to the dorm. Overall, it's very safe and a fun, beautiful place to live.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-10T17:23:00Z
It Works If You Live Nearby and Don't Need to Drive. The public transportation system is fairly accessible if you live nearby. The Santa Monica, Culver City, and Metro buses all pass campus. However, there is no train line to UCLA, which makes a commute from across town insanely long. Parking is absolutely outrageous. They have increased the cost of parking on campus by about $5 since I was a freshman five years ago, and parking officers are overly eager to cite you for something.
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