Local Atmosphere

Admission Difficulty
More statistics . . .
YesI'm interested, let this school know MaybeBookmark for later NoShow me better matches What does it mean to express interest?
Oops! There was an error.

Reload the page and try again.

Saving your interest We will attempt to notify this school of your interest. This school has been saved to your schools listyour schools list. This school has been removed from your recommended schools list.
For more schools, visit your recommended schools list.


{{ error }}
3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I feel safe within the Biola parameter however, sometimes the surrounding neighborhood can get unsafe.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Nice, quiet, nothing to be turned off by. Meets all your needs, but isn't too intrusive.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Biola university is located in orange county which neighbors LA county so there are very many things to do. There are not super exciting things to do within a walking distance of the school but within a 20 drive in every direction it will take you somewhere fun. The beach is about 20 minutes, downtown Fullerton and the shoppes are very close, not to mention Knotts Berry Farm is like 15 minutes away. Being that it is located in Southern California, the weather is absolutely amazing 90% of the year!


{{review.SectionLabel}} at {{review.EntityName}}:

{{review.Votes}} found this useful - Did you? Was this useful? Yes Report

Sorry, there are no reviews.

  • {{settings.pageNumber}} of {{settings.maxPages}}
  • Pages:
  • ... {{page}}

Rankings View more rankings . . .

This school isn't ranked within Local Atmosphere yet.

We haven't gathered enough student surveys yet to rank this school. If you are a student at this school, help out and take the college student survey!

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Zachary Mendelson
Rancho Santa Margarita
Biological Sciences
View all previous student authors

Biola University is located in the midst of La Mirada, smack-dab in the middle of a quiet suburban neighborhood on the outskirts of Los Angeles. The small neighborhood is very well-kept and houses hundreds of warm, accommodating people. Many professors and students live just off campus in the surrounding neighborhood and love to open their houses for small events at the school. Because Biola is located right in the middle of a neighborhood, it's a little difficult to navigate one's way out sometimes, and other than a few house parties, not much goes on outside of the school. Students looking to go out and do things would be encouraged to find someone with a car. 

The neighborhoods surrounding Biola make it a relatively safe place; no one ever worries about crime at Biola because of the nice buffer zone surrounding the school. In addition to that, students tend to feel safe hanging out on campus at night and rarely leave the campus, unless going swing dancing, seeing a movie, or grabbing a bite to eat. One of the biggest off-campus features that Biola boasts is Disneyland, as it's only about 15 minutes away. Because of this, most students have year-long passes to Disneyland and make thorough use of them before the year's up. In addition to that, students love to go to the beaches nearby, as they, too, are only about 15 minutes away.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
La Mirada was once listed on CNN/Money Magazine's "Best Place to Live" list.
Notable Natives
  • Gary Allan - country singer
  • Tony Corrente - NFL referee
  • Jennie Finch - Olympic softball player
  • Amber Riley - actress ("Glee")
  • Eric Winter - actor ("Days of Our Lives")
Points of Interest
  • Any of the nearby beaches
  • Disneyland
  • Greek Theatre
  • J. Paul Getty Museum
Shopping Centers
  • Brea Mall
  • La Mirada Towne Center
Movie Theaters
Starplex Movies 7 Theater
15296 Rosecrans Ave.
La Mirada
(714) 739-1010
Major Sports Teams
  • Anaheim Angels: MLB
  • Anaheim Ducks : NHL
  • Los Angeles Clippers: NBA
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: MLB
  • Los Angeles Galaxy: MLS (soccer)
  • Los Angeles Kings: NHL
  • Los Angeles Lakers: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Los Angeles: : 25 minutes
  • San Diego: : 1 hour, 55 minutes
Did You Know?
The top employer for the city of La Mirada is Biola University.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 104 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 103 responses

  • 21% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 27% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 17% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 33% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 2% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 103 responses

  • 40% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 50% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 11% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 103 responses

  • 25% Totally.
  • 57% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 17% No way.



pageviews remaining

Non-registered users are limited to 5 school profile page views per month.

Register for free to gain full access!