Recent Alumnus 2009-03-02T07:41:22Z
Parking is impossible for freshmen and sophomores. You can not live on campus and have parking. And, there is no street parking. If you live off campus, getting a parking permit is very simple. Once you get an apartment, you'll be able to have your car there.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-02T07:39:59Z
It's the fastest internet you will ever have, and you can connect from anywhere on campus, including the big grassy hills in the middle of campus! There are also a lot of places to print a paper quickly. Bring your own computer-you'll feel left out if you don't. And it's a technology driven academic environment, so the convenience of it is totally worth the cost of it. I recommend a laptop, so that you can take it with you.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-02T07:36:20Z
There are fantastic restaurants around UCLA. Have you ever heard of Westwood Village? Well, UCLA is famous for it, and every other university tries to copy our setup. There is everything you could ever want there-stores, food, movies, and coffeeshops.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-02T07:34:21Z
UCLA has been really wonderful. I do not live on campus, so it has been a struggle to find friendships. But, I also know people who live on campus and do not have any good friends. It really depends on you and how much time you are willing to put in to a friendship.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-02T07:28:36Z
The classes at UCLA differ in quality according to the department. The science departments have 300-student introductory classes that all the pre-meds must take. While this may seem intimidating, the professors are always available for office hours, but it becomes easy to fall behind in these classes because the student must be very responsible about staying on top of homework. The humanities and social sciences often have much smaller classes with a more interactive structure. The professors and TAs are often very liberal and outspoken, and this creates an uncomfortable environment for those who disagree in class.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-02T07:22:56Z
UCLA has great facilities that cater to every student's needs. The gym has all the cardio and weight-lifting equipment you could ask for and a rock wall! There are plenty of libraries on campus, so finding the "perfect" place to study is simple. I really like all the coffeeshops on campus and the outside seating because they are conducive to hanging out and studying.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-02T06:48:08Z
It's beautiful, usually. It's sometimes a little hot, and winter quarter can see some rain. Umbrella, sweatshirts, a swimsuit, and sandals should cover most of your weather needs in LA.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-02T06:43:32Z
UCLA has a pretty big emphasis on sports, especially football and basketball. Considering our history of athletic accomplishments, sports are held in high esteem. IM sports are also a big deal and include a lot of people.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-02T06:39:47Z
The dorms are reasonably good, but Sproul is far superior. The plaza options on the Hill-Sunset Village, De Neve Plaza, Rieber Vista/Terrace, and Hedrick Summit-are popular for their private bathroom option, but the social aspect of a floor drops in comparison to a res hall. The suites-Saxon and Hitch-give people expanded living options and the greatest sense of living autonomy within the dorm system, but the separation from other residents is increased. Suites are generally populated with UCLA's many athletes.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-02T06:35:42Z
UCLA wasn't my first choice college, but after being denied admission to Cal and Claremont McKenna, UCLA was my best option. Of course, I don't know what those schools would really have been like, but UCLA was been a great experience, and I've really found some great groups of friends that make a massive school a more tight-knit experience. I'd come here again.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-02T06:30:18Z
Westwood is a really cool smallish town in West LA. However, you're pretty much limited to movie theaters, restaurants, and some clothing stores here. Diddy Riese is a landmark/must-visit location made famous by its cookies and ice cream sandwiches at a extremely reasonable price. Our rival USC is considered "cross-town," and many Trojans can be found in Westwood in the evening as the environment as preferable to USC's neighborhood.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-02T06:22:29Z
Frats have parties a couple times a week, but they don't seem to have too much influence. Greek life is there and strong but not pushing itself on anyone or anything.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-02T06:20:20Z
No one really emphasizes the differences here-people just accept the diversity, of which there is a lot.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-02T06:18:23Z
That's not really my crowd. Some people smoke weed, but no one really cares. The fraternities have a rep for drugs, but that is mostly hearsay.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-02T06:15:34Z
Everything in Westwood is actually fairly expensive. There are a bunch of good sushi places. The dorm food is so good I rarely eat out, though.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-02T06:11:53Z
Who doesn't have their own computer? The labs are fine and never full, but really, bring your own. WiFi is everywhere, and the Internet is very fast.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-02T06:10:52Z
Guys & Girls:
Guys are, for the most part, pretty chill. Girls are usually fairly attractive, though sometimes they are kind of SoCal stereotypical "end-a-sentence-like-it's-a-question" types. People here are mostly the nerdy kids who have managed to fool everyone into thinking that they are the cool kids.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-02T06:05:26Z
Guys & Girls:
Coming from a guy, the guys, in general, are nice. There are all sorts of different types of people, though. The girls are very cute, and there are lots of seemingly genuine girls here. UCLA is definitely a great place to come!
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-02T06:04:09Z
The Wooden Center is amazing!
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-02T06:02:59Z
There is lots of off-campus housing, but most sophomores choose to stay on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-02T06:00:47Z
The dorms are very friendly at UCLA. I really enjoy how everyone is on "the hill," and people can so closely connect with one another for dinner, studying, hanging out, or playing sports.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-02T05:44:51Z
Party night here is usually Thursday, but there is stuff on Fridays and Saturdays sometimes, too. There are many frats, and different frats have parties on different nights. It depends on how good the party is, but going out with friends is almost always fun. There aren't many bars and clubs near campus, but there are some in other parts of the city.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-02T05:43:29Z
We have some of the best on-campus food in the entire country. There are a lot of options for food at different times. The dining halls are the basic places to eat. There are vegetarian options and different foods at some sections each day. Bruin Café is open until 2 a.m., so you can get food late at night. Rendezvous has Mexican and Asian cuisine. These places are near the dorms, and you can use your meal swipes. On campus where most classes are, there are places to eat where you can pay to get different types of food.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-02T05:33:30Z
The weather is usually warm, but during the winter and maybe some other seasons, the nights get chilly, but not much colder than 50. During the summer and spring months, the temperature is usually in the 70s. There is sunshine and blue skies with some clouds, and sometimes hardly any, most days of the year. It doesn't rain a lot, but an umbrella is always handy anywhere.
Recent Alumnus 2009-03-02T05:31:48Z
Los Angeles is a huge city. There are many different sections, though, so it's hard to generalize about it. There are cultural areas, upscale residences, beach towns, and more. It's fun to go to Santa Monica (the Pier and the 3rd Street Promenade,) and it's easy to get to. You can go to Hollywood and see Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Wax Museum, the Kodak Theatre where they film the Oscars, and much more. There are places you should stay away from at night-especially alone, which is basically anywhere-and maybe also in the day, just like any large city. Our rival is the University of Southern California, also in Los Angeles, but in a different part of town. Some people take the rivalry seriously, but others do not.
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