Local Atmosphere

Los Angeles, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$35,570 ($12,692)
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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Because the school is located in Los Angeles, there is, once again, always something to do. There are attractions available for people of different tastes and hobbies.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: UCLA is, obviously, in Los Angeles. The city is massive, has terrible traffic and is filled with homeless and impoverished people. However, it's also the home of Hollywood (the heart of the entertainment business), has amazing beaches and is filled with all sorts of unique, exciting things to do and see. So overall, not that bad of a place to live.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: LA has pretty much everything and great weather.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Safe place to live in

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: LA is very vibrant. Musicians, athletes, company professionals, and academics alike gather in this location. There is always something interesting to do, whether that be for entertainment, education, recreation, or other.


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Suzy Strutner
Newport Beach, Calif.
Communication Studies
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Though many might envision fake breasts and spray tans galore, UCLA's immediate environment is a quaint, funky, and down-to-earth little town. Westwood is a teensy bit of sanity in the midst of wild LA, and all you need to enjoy it is your student ID and a pair of walking shoes. Younger students like to hang out here because of the trendy boutiques, varied cafés, and three movie theaters. Movie stars are often spotted shooting scenes in Westwood's narrow streets or picking up dinner at Whole Foods market, ensuring that LA's buzzing vibe is constantly felt.

With a car, everything changes. Loyola Marymount, Cal State Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California (UCLA’s sworn rival) are all within a 20-minute radius. However, although they're close by, students from each university don't usually mingle because of LA's roaring traffic and sections that tend to feel like universe-sized pockets. As for the UCLA galaxy, there are quite a few sights worth checking out that are only a short (cheap) bus or car trip away. LA's clubs are famous in the celebrity world, and there's guaranteed to be an establishment for everyone's interests in town. Legendary theme parks, breathtaking beaches, and historic sites abound, from funky bikes on Venice beach to classy brunches at the Beverly Hilton. The city's jam-packed scale of activities can leave some students feeling overwhelmed, but with a car and some street smarts, Bruins can certainly conquer LA.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The Playboy Mansion is about a two-mile run from campus. Students have been known to jog by in search of bunnies.
  2. Clint Eastwood lives in Bel Air, across the street from the dorms' exit.
  3. Dozens of movies, from the Twilight saga to George Clooney classics, premier in Westwood each year. Bring your autograph books!
  4. Westwood was home to the largest concentration of movie theaters. Today, many of the historic theaters still stand, including Fox Theater and Bruin Theater.
  5. The Janss Investment Company has left its mark all over the Westwood area, from the Janss Steps on UCLA's campus to Westwood Village.
Notable Natives
  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Christina Applegate
  • Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Kate Bosworth
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Dr. Dre
  • Jodie Foster
  • Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Kate Hudson
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Diane Keaton
  • Heather Locklear
  • Shia LaBeouf
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Olson twins
  • Gwyneth Paltrow
Points of Interest
  • Bel Air
  • Beverly Hills
  • Disneyland
  • Hollywood
  • Hollywood Sign
  • Knott's Berry Farm
  • Magic Mountain
  • Malibu and surrounding beaches
  • Sunset Strip
  • Universal Studios
  • Venice Beach
Shopping Centers
  • Third Street Promenade
  • Westfield Century City
  • Westside Pavilion
Movie Theaters
AMC Avco Cinema
10840 Wilshire Blvd.
(310) 475-0711
Movie Theaters
Landmark Regent Theater
1045 Broxton Ave.
(310) 281-8223
Movie Theaters
Mann Village and Mann Bruin
961 Broxton Ave.
(310) 208-5576
Major Sports Teams
  • Anaheim Ducks: NHL
  • C.D. Chivas USA: Major League Soccer
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: MLB
  • Los Angeles Clippers: NBA
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: MLB
  • Los Angeles Galaxy: Major League Soccer
  • Los Angeles Kings: NHL
  • Los Angeles Lakers: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
San Diego: CA: 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 202 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 199 responses

  • 1% Painfully remote.
  • 6% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 1% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 9% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 84% 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 199 responses

  • 10% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 42% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 48% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 198 responses

  • 11% No way.
  • 49% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 40% Totally.



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