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3 College Junior

Local Area: It's LA county, so there are a lot of people and many streets

4 College Senior

Local Area: La Mirada and the surrounding cities are safe and clean, and are pretty accommodating to students.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Not much to do, unless you have your own car.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The surrounding area of Biola is simply neighborhood. There is not much to do off-campus or on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: La Mirada has the highest tax rate in California, which sucks. However, Biola is close to LA, the beach, the mountains, basically whatever you want.

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Biola University is located in the midst of La Mirada, smack-dab in the middle of a quiet suburban neighborhood on the outskirts of Los Angeles. The small neighborhood is very well-kept and houses hundreds of warm, accommodating people. Many professors and students live just off campus in the surrounding neighborhood and love to open their houses for small events at the school. Because Biola is located right in the middle of a neighborhood, it's a little difficult to navigate one's way out sometimes, and other than a few house parties, not much goes on outside of the school. Students looking to go out and do things would be encouraged to find someone with a car. 

The neighborhoods surrounding Biola make it a relatively safe place; no one ever worries about crime at Biola because of the nice buffer zone surrounding the school. In addition to that, students tend to feel safe hanging out on campus at night and rarely leave the campus, unless going swing dancing, seeing a movie, or grabbing a bite to eat. One of the biggest off-campus features that Biola boasts is Disneyland, as it's only about 15 minutes away. Because of this, most students have year-long passes to Disneyland and make thorough use of them before the year's up. In addition to that, students love to go to the beaches nearby, as they, too, are only about 15 minutes away.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
La Mirada was once listed on CNN/Money Magazine's "Best Place to Live" list.
Notable Natives
  • Gary Allan - country singer
  • Tony Corrente - NFL referee
  • Jennie Finch - Olympic softball player
  • Amber Riley - actress ("Glee")
  • Eric Winter - actor ("Days of Our Lives")
Points of Interest
  • Any of the nearby beaches
  • Disneyland
  • Greek Theatre
  • J. Paul Getty Museum
Shopping Centers
  • Brea Mall
  • La Mirada Towne Center
Movie Theaters
Starplex Movies 7 Theater
15296 Rosecrans Ave.
La Mirada
(714) 739-1010
Major Sports Teams
  • Anaheim Angels: MLB
  • Anaheim Ducks : NHL
  • Los Angeles Clippers: NBA
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: MLB
  • Los Angeles Galaxy: MLS (soccer)
  • Los Angeles Kings: NHL
  • Los Angeles Lakers: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Los Angeles: : 25 minutes
  • San Diego: : 1 hour, 55 minutes
Did You Know?
The top employer for the city of La Mirada is Biola University.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 110 responses

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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 110 responses

  • 21% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 29% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 16% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 31% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 3% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 110 responses

  • 38% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 51% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 11% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 110 responses

  • 25% Totally.
  • 58% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 17% No way.

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