Recent Alumnus 2010-02-01T00:09:50Z
No Boredom! There's truly something for everyone here. Younger students hang out at frats or party in dorms, and upperclassmen go to the zillions of bars in LA. It's the perfect social setup. Once you get tired of a certain scene, there's always a new venue to try out. I can't imagine getting bored.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-01T00:06:01Z
Bus is cheap but takes forever – There is a nice bus system that's cheap, but the buses take forever and are kind of sketchy.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-01T00:04:50Z
Guys & Girls:
Hot, down-to-earth, and smart – Guys and girls here are from California, so you know they're hot. However, they're also very down-to-earth and actually get in for being smart.
Recent Alumnus 2010-02-01T00:03:40Z
Restrictions but Safe – Apartments are treated like dorms and are very convenient. The problem is that there are a lot of restrictions, much like in the dorms. All off-campus housing is very safe.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-31T23:58:41Z
Not Strict – There are lots of cops in Westwood but very few around campus, which is the way I like it. Residence halls tend to be crowded, so it's easy to get in trouble for noise or drinking. However, the punishments aren't tough at all-usually a couple hours of bathroom duty.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-31T23:55:58Z
Pricey but Parking – Parking comes with many off-campus places, so that's a huge plus. Landlords seem to be mostly fair and nice. Expenses run high, though.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-31T23:54:53Z
The atmosphere in Westwood is obviously trendy because we're in LA. But there are also intellectual and bohemian vibes because it's really a UCLA bubble, and UCLA students are diverse. Escaping to the city beyond Westwood is nice when you've had too much.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-31T18:52:08Z
So Good – I love the sushi in L.A.-it's a really trendy thing. We are in a huge city, so there's a restaurant for everyone. There's upscale Italian and good old McDonald's, so I've never been disappointed by this city.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-31T18:51:08Z
Computer Labs Don't Really Exist – There's always a long wait to use computers in the library. But this doesn't exactly matter because basically everyone owns a laptop, and between lectures and notes and papers, it's really a necessity.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-30T23:52:55Z
Two-Sport School – Athletics are supposedly good here, but some teams are lacking this year-ahem, football. Students attend football and basketball games but basically nothing else. Football bus rides to the Rose Bowl are, however, pretty unforgettable.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-30T23:46:03Z
Everyone is friendly – Everyone here is pretty friendly, which I wouldn't expect from a high-level university.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-30T23:44:39Z
Lax but There if Necessary – The professors and building personnel are relatively lax, but they are definitely there if you need them. When you get in trouble in the dorms, not a lot of punishment is enacted, so it's not too troubling.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-30T23:38:44Z
Easy to Get Around – The bus system rocks, and taxis are always ready and available-they arrive five minutes after you call and know the confusing streets super well.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-30T01:12:10Z
It Doesn't Get Much Better – You can't complain with SoCal's sunshine. We get less than 20 days of rain per year, and you can wear shorts and flip-flops in the dead of winter.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-30T01:10:44Z
Living on the Hill Is a Great First-Year Experience – Living on "the Hill" (where all the dorms are) is the only way to go as a freshman. Because everyone's concentrated in one place, it's easy to get around to each other, and there are lots of spaces to study/eat/hangout. The suites are a popular place to pre-game before going out, and they're really fun. Most RAs are really friendly and laid-back. Most people live on campus for their first two years and move off campus for the last two.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-30T01:08:23Z
Health & Safety:
Even though we are in the heart of LA, unlike (cough) USC, we're surrounded by the Three B's: Beverly Hills, Brentwood, and Bel Air. Campus crime isn't too much of a concern, except for the occasional backpack or laptop theft. There have been a couple of incidences of off-campus break-ins. Walking around campus or the surrounding streets late at night is relatively safe as long as you're wary.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-30T01:01:52Z
Drinking and Marijuana Are It – I've never encountered any other drugs since I've been here, although it all depends on the crowd you're hanging out with. Because we live in LA, we're in close proximity to many other drug scenes. There isn't a lot of peer pressure to drink or do drugs, and you can definitely go out without being pressured to do that.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-30T00:49:26Z
Food and Variety Are Amazing – UCLA dining is rated one of the best in the country, and it definitely shows. Each of the dining halls that are buffet-style offers a wide arrangement of meals every night-rarely will nothing appeal to you. Bruin Café is open until 2 a.m. and is a common gathering spot late Thursday and Friday nights. 14 Premier is the best meal plan to get as a freshman, unless you're a student athlete or have a large appetite.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-30T00:44:40Z
Not Possible! Parking is a JOKE. It's so hard to get a spot, and forging the paperwork to get a pass doesn't work. I tried.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-30T00:41:48Z
Guys & Girls:
Guys Can be Cocky, Girls are Great – Guys here are kind of on a power trip. They are not used to girls flocking them, which can sometimes lead to cockiness. Girls are really cute, fit, and put together. Oh wait, and super smart!
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-30T00:24:41Z
People at UCLA make this experience as great as it is. Everyone is really diverse, balanced, and so nice. I love the people here.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-30T00:20:38Z
Not the Stereotypical Scene – People perceive rushing a sorority or frat as a judgemental experience, but honestly, lots of houses here are very down-to-earth and the members are nice people.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-30T00:15:52Z
Lots of Fun – For underclassmen, the nightlife here pretty much revolves around Greek life. Older students hang out mainly at apartments, Westwood bars, or clubs in LA.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-30T00:14:09Z
People take academics seriously here, but they definitely still know how to have fun. People will respect you if you stay in on a Friday to do homework, which is a nice change from high school.
Recent Alumnus 2010-01-29T10:43:22Z
Accepting and Tolerant – I'd say there are more ethnic backgrounds represented at UCLA than any school I've visited. People are very accepting, too.
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