Local Atmosphere

Location
Malibu, CA
Undergrads
3,086
Tuition
$42,772
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The Beach!!! miles and miles of beautiful sandy beaches, gorgeous cliffs, dolphins, whales, seals. All found at Malibu's best attraction the beach. Santa Monica is near by, there is great shopping and the Pier with rides and games. Thousand Oaks is through the canyon, and there is a great mall there. Chili festival in the fall in Malibu, rides and great food. Hollywood is just around the corner. Its super safe in Malibu, and the locals don't mind us, they just accept us as part of their life. When you think malibu, think amazing beaches, shorts and sandals, and nice cars, beautiful houses, and gorgeous people.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Malibu: small, remote, expensive, not much to do; but beautiful, scenic

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: In the middle of nowhere.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Malibu is very high-end but typically residents aren't the friendliest to college students. Restaurants are plentiful but very pricey.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Nice and safe area. Attractions are not too far away and I would be able to encounter and learn new cultures without traveling too far.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jackie Fetzer
Hometown
Huntersville, NC
Major
English Writing and Rhetoric
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Differences in opinions regarding Malibu probably tells more about the priorities and prior experiences of students than they do about the town itself. To some, Malibu is an irritating 20-minute drive from anything interesting to see or do. To others, it’s a mere 20-minute drive from fabulous Santa Monica or a thrilling half-hour jaunt away from LA. Some scoff at the trappings of wealth and celebrity that Malibu so quaintly celebrates, while others head down the hill to Starbucks to sit and watch for movie stars. Everyone can agree, though, that Malibu is a truly unique place to go to college—surreal, really—and a genuine experience.

The ’Bu is a sleepy little enclave for the fabulously wealthy into which Pepperdine University has rather awkwardly asserted itself. It’s no place for a college student, especially one on a budget, to have a particularly wild time after dusk. On the upside, it is an undeniably beautiful environment for study, reflection, or any sport involving wetsuit-clad human beings trying to tame a vast, violent body of saltwater.
 

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The Chumash Indian word malibu means "noisy waters" (better than that other sleepy California town, Lompoc, whose name means "stagnant waters").
  2. It hosts the annual Malibu International Film Festival, as well as the annual Malibu Chili Cook-Off. Pepperdine's frats and sororities often join in the latter competition.
  3. A mysterious surfer organization known as "Malibu Locals Only," or MLO, protects its home turf by picking fights with non-Malibu surfing citizens and by spray-painting its three ominous initials onto cement surfaces.
  4. Baywatch was filmed on Malibu's voluptuous golden beaches.
  5. On several nights between March and August, at high tide, the Southern California coastline becomes besieged by "grunion runs," the bizarre spawning ritual of thousands of little translucent fishes called grunion. These grunion runs-the timing of which is based on the moon cycle and can be predicted long in advance-make for very interesting marine biology field trips.
Notable Natives
You name it! Everyone who is anyone in the entertainment industry has at least one home in Malibu.
Local Slang
  • The 'Bu: Abbreviated form of Malibu
  • Chill: Used as an adjective or a verb, as in "I was chillin' with this really chill girl."
  • Plus the hippest and latest surfer culture expressions-nothing you haven't heard on MTV:
Points of Interest
  • Disneyland
  • Hollywood
  • Magic Mountain
  • Santa Monica Pier
  • Universal Studios
Shopping Centers
  • 3rd Street Promenade
  • Malibu Colony Plaza
  • Thousand Oaks Mall and Shops
Movie Theaters
AMC Santa Monica 7
1310 3rd Street
Santa Monica
(310) 289-4262
Movie Theaters
Edwards Grand Palace Stadium 6
4767 Commons Way
Calabasas
(818) 223-0223
Movie Theaters
Malibu Cinemas
3822 Cross Creek Road
Malibu
(310) 456-6990
Major Sports Teams
  • Anaheim Ducks: hockey
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: baseball
  • Los Angeles Clippers: basketball
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: baseball
  • Los Angeles Kings: hockey
  • Los Angeles Lakers: basketball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Los Angeles: CA: 20 minutes
  • San Francisco: CA: 6 hours
Did You Know?
Don't be surprised if you find yourself jogging around Pepperdine's track with Pamela Anderson or if you see Dick Van Dyke dancing with his grocery cart at a Ralph's grocery store.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 40 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 41 responses

  • 17% Painfully remote.
  • 29% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 22% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 12% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 20% 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 41 responses

  • 44% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 29% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 27% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 40 responses

  • 20% No way.
  • 40% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 40% Totally.

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