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Los Angeles, CA
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27,365
Tuition (in-state)
$35,570 ($12,692)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Parking: Parking is horrendously hard to get. Don't expect to be able to get on-campus parking in any of the UCLA lots. Street parking is also very restricted and hard to find in the entire Westwood area, and the non-UCLA lots in Westwood that you can get monthly overnight parking in are outrageously expensive. Only bring a car if you are really going to need it frequently.

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Parking: Parking is not easy. Street parking is terrible, meter parking is terrible, and permit parking is terrible. If you want a permit, get it extremely early. Otherwise, you can ride the bus.

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Parking: Parking sucks. If you're looking to get a permit to park, that's probably not going to happen, as there is a lot of construction going on to make a new parking lot. But until then, there is a huge shortage of parking. If you have friends coming to visit, they can purchase one-day parking passes, or if they come after 9 p.m. and leave before 7 a.m., they can park at the meters for free. Otherwise, metered parking is 25 cents per eight minutes! That kind of sucks. I don't like parking here.

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Parking: Parking on campus is a pain. If you live in the dorms, it's most likely that you will not get a parking permit on campus, which means you will have to buy it off someone, or park somewhere off campus.

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Parking: It is hard to find a parking spot off campus, and there's a two hour limit from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on most of the streets, so you have to move your car often. The meters on campus are a total rip-off. I wouldn't recommend having a car while living in the dorms unless you have a parking permit, or can buy a space off someone.

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Parking: Good luck getting parking. They raised daily parking rates to over seven dollars a day! Avoid commuting to school, if possible. However, the Big Blue Bus is free for UCLA students with the swipe of a Bruin Card.

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Transportation: The Big Blue Bus and Culver City Bus are your best bets. They'll get you almost anywhere you'd need to go if you can't afford to have a car.

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Transportation: We have the Big Blue Bus, which is free to UCLA students with their ID. That can take you to Santa Monica and Beverly Hills. I've never really used public transportation, but for more information go to www.bigbluebus.com.

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Transportation: I have the say this public transportation is very good. The school has a deal with the Santa Monica Bus line so that students can ride without paying.

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Transportation: The bus system is pretty bad. It takes forever! Bruins can ride for free on the Santa Monica Big Blue Buses. The metro doesn't go out to the West Side. My suggestion is to make friends with someone with a car!

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Transportation: As long as you're able to walk to the bus stop in Westwood, bus transportation is easy. Calling taxis is easy as well, if that's your preference. LAX (LA International Airport) is not far from campus, but in traffic, it sometimes takes an hour to get to.

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Transportation: The Santa Monica Big Blue Bus system is really good and convenient for getting around West LA, and it's free with your student card. If you want to go anywhere in other areas of LA, however, the public transportation (MTA bus system) is horrible.

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Transportation: Traffic is insane in LA. Try to avoid peak traffic hours, and avoid taking the 405 Freeway. If you want to take the Redline, our little subway, it's doable. There are pamphlets on bus routes and times in the Parking Services office. If you want to go to Santa Monica, use the Big Blue Bus. It's free for students except during summer, but even then, I think the charge is less than what others pay.

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Transportation: Bus drivers are really nice in Los Angeles. I don't mind taking the bus to school. And a little know fact that people use is driving from their house and parking closer to campus, then taking the bus to school from only a block away. Just make sure to check the signs so that you don't get a ticket. Street sweeping can cost a student a quality meal if they're not careful and don't pay attention.

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Transportation: Public transportation is actually very quick. As UCLA students, we get free transportation with the Santa Monica Bus Line, and the LA bus Line-MTA fare is only $1.35.

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Transportation: It's pretty convenient. UCLA has its own shuttle system that gets you to anywhere you want to go on, or near, UCLA quickly and without hassle.

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Weather: The weather is usually really nice. There's always a rainy season, but usually the weather is in the 70s. On cool days, it's in the mid-60s.

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Weather: I personally hate it. All you get here is sun, sun, and sun. I love rain, overcast skies, and the cold. It's generally in the 70s here. In July and August, it can get into the 90s and, yes, even the 100s, but that's only in the summer, and it come in waves. Yes, it does rain, and when it rains, it's crazy. Have you heard of all the mudslides in Malibu? Well, UCLA is not that far from there. Here, rain can range from a sprinkle to very heavy. We get most of our rain in February. In the winter, it can get to as low as 30 degrees in the valley and 35 degrees in the city. Usually, the low is 45 degrees at UCLA, but it can get cold. The valley, which is right behind the mountains from UCLA, can range from 30 to 110 degrees. You come over to the city side and it's between 50 and 78. The valley is part of the city; just LA gets divided in two by the Santa Monica Mountains. But now you know why everybody loves LA; it's the weather.

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Weather: It's sunny Southern California! We don't really have seasons. The coldest it gets is in the 50s. Because I've lived in L.A. my whole life, I say it's freezing when it's in the 50s, but it's not all that cold. Beaches are nearby also, but if you want to go to a beach where you actually can swim safely, don't go to Santa Monica.

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Weather: One word describes the weather: beautiful. There's no weather like LA anywhere except the Mediterranean. It's usually sunny and clear. We do not get much rain. That keeps the ladies in the skimpy clothing, if you know what I mean.

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Weather: The weather is generally warm. It doesn't rain often. Sometimes there is morning fog, but it burns off fast. I have not needed more than a thick sweater in the winter. It is a bit smoggy, though. That can be bothersome.

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Overall Experience: I love it here. I like the people, the atmosphere, and being so close to the ocean. I like that there is so much to do. I was really unsure about the move to LA, but now I'm thinking of staying here.

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Overall Experience: It's the best choice I've made. It was my dream to come here.

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Overall Experience: Well, I've just graduated. I'd say it was okay. UCLA is just so darn big, and it's hard to be involved, or really feel like you're actually a part of a school that has over 35,000 people.

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Overall Experience: UCLA was a great school for me. I had a lot of fun. There are a lot of opportunities available, so take advantage of them. I was afraid it would be too large and impersonal for me, but I found that the opposite was true. You get a great education for the price of a state school.

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Suzy Strutner
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Newport Beach, Calif.
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Communication Studies
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Smack dab in the middle of Los Angeles and on the list of America's top colleges, UCLA is a school for those who want to have a blast while focusing on schoolwork. Although course registration is a battle, classes are crowded, and the registrar is impersonal, students praise the wisdom of their professors and feel that a UCLA degree will open major doors in the job market. The quarter system moves fast and tests tend to sneak up stealthily, but this allows for more experimentation when choosing courses and far less boredom. With more than 100 majors to choose from, the campus is bustling with students of all ideologies, races, and academic interests, making rousing discussions an everyday experience.

One of the nation's few top-notch universities that isn't private, UCLA is a place for those who want to learn more than a textbook contains. There’s pressure to shine socially and academically among the approximately 25,000 high-achieving Bruin undergrads, but there are plenty of campus organizations that give students a go-to friend group in the midst of the giant student body. However, it's up to the students to scout out and take advantage of all opportunities because nothing is handed to UCLA students—they must learn to navigate around red tape, persist through budget cuts, find parking and housing in Westwood's winding streets, and steer toward success. And how do they celebrate their successes? Parties! Whether through the semi-dominant Greek system or at a laid-back dorm gathering, UCLA students know how to put the books aside for a night. Overall, Bruins play nearly as hard as they work, making UCLA one of the most well-rounded schools imaginable.

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