Local Atmosphere

Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
2,154
Tuition
$44,570
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: OXY IS A BUBBLE but being in Los Angeles is great

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Hard to get around and enjoy LA without a car.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's tough to get off campus sometimes due to the huge workload and shitty public transportation, but we are in the second biggest city in the country and there's plenty to do if you're willing to go out and look.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Eagle Rock is a great town. There are so many nice and cute restaurants around the town. Eagle Rock is also located in between Pasadena and Glendale which are great shopping and recreational centers for college students to go hang out. About 20-25 minutes away from Venice Beach and Santa Monica Beach. It is even closer to downtown LA which is great to see.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Los Angeles is a vast metropolis that you can lose yourself in, when you're not studying of course. I've enjoyed it here greatly.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

While Eagle Rock is lacking for things to do, especially at night, the rest of Los Angeles more than makes up for it. Being in one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country has its advantages in terms of entertainment and cultural opportunities, and there's never a lack of things to do for those willing to try something new. Being sandwiched in between the cities of Glendale and Pasadena is great. The ommunity surrounding Occidental is quiet, while the location between two major cities gives students an option to go in either direction. Pasadena is more upscale and has many good restaurants and clubs, while Glendale has both the Galleria and a large outdoor mall area in the downtown area that has movie theaters, shops, and a wide variety of restaurants.

Branching out beyond that into the rest of Los Angeles can be difficult for those without a car, but it is possible and can be very rewarding. With the many museums and concert halls, the level of culture in LA is remarkable. There is, of course, Hollywood, Santa Monica, and Venice Beach as well, all of which are just a small sample of the myriad of entertainment options available. One can not forget about Chinatown, either. Simply put, there is no lack of things to do in Los Angeles, especially for those willing to look for it. Those without a car often find difficulty in getting around town, but the options are still available, albeit they take much longer to get to. These options are ever-increasing, especially with the recent addition of the Metro Gold Line, which makes it easier to get to many areas around the city. The people that seem to get the most from Oxy are those that make the effort to get out.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Hollywood always has something to do, from movie premieres to clubs.
  2. Los Angeles has many incredible museums, from the Getty to the Museum of Tolerance.
  3. There are many different cultural areas, from Chinatown to Los Feliz; you have to try them all!
  4. Mass-transit is improving greatly, especially with the addition of the Metro Gold Line, meaning very little is inaccessible, even to those without a car. Be prepared for a slightly longer commute.
  5. Don't forget about Six Flags and Disneyland; they're closer than you would ever think.
Notable Natives
From movie stars to famous politicians, Los Angeles is where any and all famous people go at some point. You will never lack in celebrities in LA.
Local Slang
  • The 5: Interstate 5
  • Agro: Gone out of control
  • Hollyweird: What Hollywood is
  • Orange Curtain: The line that divides Los Angeles County and Orange County
  • S&M Boulevard: Santa Monica Boulevard
  • Sig-Alert: Used for when a major traffic jam occurs on one of the many freeways
Points of Interest
  • Chinatown
  • Hollywood
  • Pacific Ocean
  • San Gabriel Mountains
  • Silver Lake
Shopping Centers
  • Glendale Galleria
  • Paseo Colorado
Movie Theaters
Mann Glendale Exchange 10
128 N Maryland Ave.
Glendale
(818) 549-0045
Movie Theaters
Mann Glendale Marketplace 4
144 S Brand Blvd.
Glendale
(818) 547-3352
Major Sports Teams
  • Los Angeles Clippers: basketball
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: baseball
  • Los Angeles Kings: hockey
  • Los Angeles Lakers: basketball
Did You Know?
  • Oxy is centrally located in Los Angeles and has easy access to bus and rail lines throughout the city.
  • The school runs a bus service that takes students out into the city throughout the week and picks them up.
  • Many options for free movies, concerts, and plays are available throughout the school year.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 21 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 22 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 36% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 5% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 5% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 55% 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 19 responses

  • 16% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 47% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 37% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 23 responses

  • 4% No way.
  • 74% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 22% Totally.

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