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2 College Freshman

Local Area: I hate the area and can't wait to leave. Will never return.

2 College Freshman

Local Area: Super boring area, only come for school and frat parties.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Its proximity to L.A. allows access to all of the venues in Los Angeles without the danger or expense of living in Los Angeles.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Outside of being near Los Angeles, the Northridge and the San Fernando Valley as a whole does not offer much attractions and amenities for the students. The majority of the students appear to be locals in the valley. The town of Northridge feels crammed and lacking much space which causes heavy traffic during rush hours to get to the freeways. Shopping and attractive events are usually held outside of the Valley, which will be about 30 minutes to an hour of driving towards Los Angeles pending traffic.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Northridge is a very safe city. Safety is one of the biggest factors in a city. I see joggers at 10pm which was unheard of in the city I grew up in. There is plenty of activities to occupy your time whether it be hiking, eating, shopping, or relaxing at the beach.

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CSUN is part of the mesh of bustling cities that make up the San Fernando Valley, just over the hill from Los Angeles. It has city life written all over it. Economically speaking, CSUN floats between two financially different communities: Reseda, which is south of CSUN, is a bit rundown, but Granada Hills, north of CSUN, is one of the most upscale communities in the Valley. There are grocery stores within close proximity of the school, and other places including Target, Office Max, Rite Aid, and coffeeshops are nearby. Since things are so close together, you will find that some students walk or ride their bikes to the mall, movie theater, or grocery stores, although the majority of students has cars and finds it more convenient to drive.

For the most part, CSUN students agree that Northridge lacks the youth and edginess of a college town. However, in many ways, the town has shaped itself around the college and its students. For example, most of the bars in town offer a college night, and most restaurants offer a student discount. Since there are a limited number of college hangouts in Northridge, it's best to go to LA to party every once in a while. Aside from clubs and bars, LA also offers many museums, a zoo, and places to visit, like Universal City Walk, which Northridge does not. In many ways, CSUN students have the best of both worlds because they can experience the excitement of LA and yet escape from the madness.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
In "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," Elliot's neighborhood was set in an area above Northridge known as Porter Ranch.
Notable Natives
  • Jackie Earle Haley – actor
  • Arianne Zucker – actress ("Days of Our Lives")
Points of Interest
  • Backbone Trail System
  • Griffin Park
  • Los Angeles River
  • Orcutt Ranch Horticulture Center
  • Santa Susana Mountains
Shopping Centers
  • Northridge Fashion Center
  • Westfield Shoppingtown Promenade
  • Westfield Topanga Mall
Movie Theaters
AMC Promenade 16
21801 Oxnard St.
Woodland Hills
(818) AMC-4FUN
Movie Theaters
Laemmle's Fallbrook 7
6731 Fallbrook Ave.
West Hills
(310) 478-3836
Movie Theaters
Pacific Northridge Fashion Center All Stadium 10
9400 N. Shirley Ave.
(818) 501-5121
Movie Theaters
Pacific Winnetka All Stadium 21
9201 Winnetka Ave.
(818) 501-5121
Major Sports Teams
  • Anaheim Ducks: NHL
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: MLB
  • Los Angeles Clippers: NBA
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: MLB
  • Los Angeles Kings: NHL
  • Los Angeles Lakers: NBA
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Los Angeles: : 45 minutes
  • San Diego: : 2 hours, 45 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics     Based on 223 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 222 responses

  • 34% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 21% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 5% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 38% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 2% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 223 responses

  • 33% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 29% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 38% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 224 responses

  • 22% Totally.
  • 54% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 24% No way.


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