Los Angeles, CA
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Reviews 3025 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Great selection of dining establishments. However, the price range can be a bit hard to bear.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: The UC Los Angeles Police Department is top notch. Response time is quick and the officers are effective. Never feel unsafe at this campus.

5 College Junior

Weather: Basically regular L.A. weather. It's very pleasant and doesn't get colder than 50 degrees during the winter. Most of the time it's sunny and clear. It rarely rains unless it's winter or spring.

3 College Junior

Parking: Vistor parking is $12 per day now. It used to be charged at hourly rates but they changed the system. Students can get permits and they're about $200-300 a quarter. If a friend is staying over, he or she will get a ticket fine for about $75 if he/she parks full-day and doesn't leave by 7am the next day. There are several lots around campus and the convenient locations near class buildings are moderately full (depending if you're north or south campus) but there's always space you can find. Parking spaces near dorms are mostly available. And in every lot you can find visitor or permit parking.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are numerous apartments near the frat row that are about a 1-15min walk away from campus so that's convenient. There are also apartments half an hour away on foot so most people drive and the noise level is not as high as it sometimes is when closer to frat row. It is generally easy to find an apartment but it's best to start early if you don't have enough roommates, need more, or whatever the case may because apartments have different capacity limits. There's less street parking at night so some apartments have garages but usually they are very full and expensive ($100 or more a month). The areas off-campus mostly consist of UCLA students so it's generally safe. However, it's a given that it can be dangerous at night. I believe it's best to live on-campus in dorms during the first year than move into an apartment from the second year and onwards. Being a first year, it's fun to meet fellow new students and make friends and it's good to get that college experience. But if you're thinking of money, from the second year onward apartments are cheaper than the dorms (unless you decide to live in a luxury apartment). Cons are that you'll have to cook your own food or go to Westwood. Some apartment landlords are pretty inconsiderate too. I knew someone who had to live while they did construction in their kitchen so they had no kitchen and had to deal with construction workers and the noise.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I've been to a couple parties and they all check IDs for drinking. I think the campus is fairly strict about this.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I love the dorms at UCLA. For my first year at Rieber Hall I met a lot of great friends. Although there weren't air conditioners at Rieber Hall it wasn't unbearable during the summer time at school. The other dorms have AC but they are more expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: I live on campus so i don't use public transportation that much. But I heard that the buses run late sometimes and some of my friends have to wait at least half an hour for the bus to come.

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: It's a commuters so its great to dorm so that one can really get the college experience its a great area as well in the center of la and near San Gabriel a nicer area you get the best of both worlds

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: You don't see many students smoking weed or under the influence

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4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Cal state la is a diverse campus therefore you will find that in the food court as well which is excellent we have healthy an very fatty food like Carl's jr but the great thing is that you can find everything and anything even if you only have one dollar you can go to Carl's and get a chicken sandwich which doesn't have as many calories or. Burrito at pollo loco

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5 College Senior

Weather: In A plus to me means that the class had all the right elements for a student to receive that type of grade. The professor must have been challenging in his assignments and must have been a great professor when discussing the subject. So if he or she gave that type of grade it means a student exceeded their expectations.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Gorgeous old buildings, Pauley pavilion, and really nice new classrooms are great. Boelter Hall could be better, but I think the school admin is working on it. Another minus is that something on campus is always under construction.

3 College Senior

Transportation: The campus shuttle is awesome for when you need to get to school from slightly farther away. Otherwise, walking is the best way to get to class, and long commutes are needed only from out of town. Public transportation is okay at best, but it works. If you want to explore LA, get a car.

3 College Senior

Computers: The computer labs for engineers are usually accessible and provide all the necessary programming tools you could need. These computer labs have shorter hour during exam times and thus tend to get crowded. Printing at the engineering labs is easy and inexpensive.
General labs in the library provide very nice computers, and the CLICC labs are accessible throughout the year. However, these labs also have more expensive printing costs, though they do have more paper and color options.
In general, wifi is good at all labs, though classrooms are a crapshoot. There are way to get on the VPN networks if you really need it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: UCLA lies in an urban environment but you still need to get cars/ cabs to Hollywood if you want nightlife. The clubs are good but you need to know how to pick. Ask your friends and explore LA.
If you don't want to go that far but want to get a drink with friends to hangout, take buses or drive to Pico Blvd - it's closer and convenient, and most of the bars lie on that main street.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The thing I love UCLA the most is the library. UCLA is not a huge campus, but it has 6-7 libraries with specific focus in different location, such as Music Library, Science Library, Business Management Library. The most popular one is Powell Library (oldest) and Young Research Library (Newly renovated). During final weeks, Powell library will open 24 hours for students to pull all nighters. I feel more focused and energetic when I study with other students all night long.

If you love parties, live in dorms or apartments north of the campus. Most of the fraternities locate there and it's noisy on Thursdays and Fridays. If you are a quiet person, I'd recommend you to live the south of campus (south of Wilshire). You can take a 20-minute walk from campus to home or free Bruin Bus (7am - 5pm).

I am not a Football fan, but the "Beat SC", the bonfire event before UCLA vs USC football competition, is interesting. You'll feel a lot of pride for joining the event.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Some large companies only go to UCLA or USC in LA area. UCLA is the great place for you to interact with people in large companies, so make sure to make a lot of friends and build your connections in career fairs. If you are thinking about research, come here. I have many friends telling me that UCLA is a great place for conducting research.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: UCLA is definitely the best campus, not only speaking of its outstanding academy but also the surrounding atmosphere. The Westwood Village is convenient with lots of restaurants (800 Degrees Pizza) and places for students to hang out (Diddy Riese Cookies). Traffic around UCLA is terrible, but it is convenient and cheap - students with ID card pay cheaper bus fare - to take public transportation such as Big Blue Bus to beaches in Santa Monica or food places in Sawtelle Blvd.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The John Wooden Center is UCLA's athletic center and it is great. It is spacious and filled with many excercise programs that you can participate.
The library is famous for its aesthetics as well as other buildings. The green space is also great, it is well-spread out throughout the campus and many just chill under the California weather on the green grass. Our famous UCLA-USC rivalry is fun to watch during the football season and our school is big on basketball so many students are very excited to be a part in those school pride events.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: UCLA is definitely not a crazy party school. But I did see many people smoking weed at a public event (Bruin Bash) and for people who don't do drugs, it is hard to ignore. And people who are drunk at nights do go around like nothings wrong in the dorm areas. Although police force do step in, they do not take harsh actions but do send them back to their rooms. It's nothing big but for people who don't do drugs, it is bit frustrating.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: We have some good research program overall and especially in Asian American studies, African American Studies and Chicano Studies. I think these areas of studies are often neglected in other universities but UCLA provides a decent program to partake in these studies. Also, our campus is very beautiful. The buildings are very beautiful and many celebrities come to film somethings and people come to admire them. We have a place called sculpture garden, where people can chill on the green grass among unique sculptures.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The police force is not strict at all but I do feel safe which gives me a sense of security. I think it is just right. And I think some policies that affect strictness are very good and helpful for the students.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene is basically invisible at UCLA. Drinking, on the other hand, is more visible when you go to parties at the fraternity and sorority houses. However, you can definitely survive in this environment since there is no peer pressure to partake in such activities. Many students, contrary to popular beliefs due to the media, actually believe that they can have fun without drugs and alcohol.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Since Westwood is in the temperate weather conditions of Southern California, the weather throughout the year stays pretty stable. The worst that can happen is a random Santa Ana Wind day or rainy days, but other than that, UCLA has pretty pleasant beach-like weather for much of the year.


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Suzy Strutner
Newport Beach, Calif.
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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