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Thousand Oaks, CA
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Good campus. Many places too eat within a few miles.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Many of the top ten safest cities are by Cal Lu.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Thousands Oaks is one of the safest towns in the country! I feel comfortable going out with newly aquainted friends, leaving my car unlocked during the day, and even walking alone at night. I love the freedom safety gives me. Off campus, there is more to do the farther you go out of town, however there is still a lot of fun smaller things to do around the town.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Thousand Oaks is wonderful to live at!

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: One of the safest cities I have ever been in! I feel so comfortable going to the store, shopping, going for a run, or walking to and from restaurants. In the city itself, it is not the most exciting out there, but it is not the most boring. There is definitely things you can do. It is in driving distance to the beach so that is a plus.
The Thousand Oaks Mall is amazing and there are all kinds of shopping centers really close to campus.


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Nicole Mangona
West Hills, CA
Communication and Political Science
Grad Year
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In a quiet, quaint community like Thousand Oaks, CLU students often find ways to create their own entertainment in a town that closes up shop early and leaves little to explore for the active college students. Students often hit up attractions that do stay open late, like Muvico Theaters, The Oaks mall, and Janss Marketplace. Here, students can catch the latest movie, chow down on Red Robin’s bottomless fries, or browse around Janss’ boutiques. On any weekend night, you’ll regularly see CLU students out on dates or with friends, enjoying their break away from campus and its loads of coursework. 

But when these areas aren’t enough for those who like to go out and party, cities like Los Angeles and Santa Barbara become prime destinations for fun. During weekends, students take the hour or so drive to UCLA, USC, and UCSB to meet up with old high school friends and experience the chaotic nightlife of the Greek system. Others take a different route and opt for dancing until the early hours of the morning at one of Hollywood’s infinite nightclubs. Whatever the site or attraction may be, CLU students stick together in finding the latest hot spots in local or nearby locations.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Jungleland USA was one of Southern California's first theme parks located in Thousand Oaks. Jungleland closed in 1969, partly because of competition from Knott's Berry Farm and Disneyland. The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center currently stands on the site of the park.
  2. CLU is the top tenth employer of Thousand Oaks residents.
Notable Natives
  • Robert Altman - director
  • Sparky Anderson - baseball manager
  • Wayne Brady - actor, comedian
  • Amanda Bynes - actress
  • Colbie Caillat - singer
  • Megan Fox - actress
  • Wayne Gretzky - NHL hockey player
  • Heather Locklear - actress
  • Joe Montana - NFL quarterback
  • Heather Morris - actress ("Glee")
  • Tia and Tahj Mowry - actress, actor
  • Denise Richards - actress
  • Mickey Rooney - actor
  • Will and Jada Pinkett Smith - actor, actress
  • Tiger Woods - golfer
Points of Interest
  • American Radio Archive
  • Conejo Valley Botanical Garden
  • Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Visitor Center
  • Stagecoach Inn
  • Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Center
  • Wildwood Regional Park/Fort Wildwood
Shopping Centers
  • Camarillo Premium Outlets
  • Janss Marketplace
  • The Oaks
Movie Theaters
Mann Nine Marketplace Theatres
255 N. Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks
(805) 374-9656
Movie Theaters
Muvico Theaters
166 W. Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks
(805) 496-5487
Movie Theaters
Regency Agoura Hills 8
29045 Agoura Road
Agoura Hills
(818) 707-9966
Movie Theaters
Westlake Village Twin Theatre
4711 Lakeview Canyon Road
Westlake Village
(818) 889-8061
Major Sports Teams
Ventura County Fusion: Minor league soccer
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
Los Angeles: : 1 hour

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 44 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 46 responses

  • 7% Painfully remote.
  • 33% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 48% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 11% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 2% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 44 responses

  • 18% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 57% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 25% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 44 responses

  • 18% No way.
  • 59% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 23% Totally.


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