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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: LMU is close to the beach and some nice LA neighborhoods. Getting around is pretty easy as long as you have a car.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: always something you could be doing

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: LA has so much to offer. If I had a car I could do a lot more.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: los angeles has great shopping

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Living in LA is the best! There are so many things to do around the school.

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Say "Los Angeles," and many people conjure up images of catastrophic earthquakes, wildfires, and Rodney King. However, this city wears a variety of faces; neighborhoods change within miles, and many types of people occupy Los Angeles's vast territory. Los Angeles is not always synonymous with ghetto, nor is the entire city like Beverly Hills. In fact, the real charm of Los Angeles comes from the various cultures, classes, and people that form the city. Loyola Marymount University also wears multiple faces. The University prides itself on being simultaneously part of LA, yet separate from it. LMU is close to the culture and nightlife that makes LA so unique, but the University lacks the crime and concrete of the city. The University has a Los Angeles address, but the campus sits in Westchester, a quiet suburb in the western half of Los Angeles. Drive a few miles west of campus and enjoy the crashing waves of the Pacific; drive a few miles northeast and join the busy, crazy city. LA and LMU can satisfy any mood or any personality.

Los Angeles offers its visitors first-class shopping, food, and entertainment. Big spenders should check out the trendy shops on Rodeo Drive, a favorite haunt of celebrities. For more unique fare, Venice features tiny shops peddling one-of-a-kind clothing and antiques. Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, a huge pedestrian mall, houses the most popular chain stores like Abercrombie and Fitch, Armani Exchange, and Gap. While shopping, stop at any number of restaurants like the Cheesecake Factory or the Chart House in Marina del Rey. For less money, there is always a Johnny Rockets or Islands nearby.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The city's full name is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula (The Town of the Queen of the Angels.)
  2. Los Angeles has the largest number of women-owned businesses in the nation.
  3. Love the movies? While living in Los Angeles, you may appear in one. Freeways, pedestrian malls, and restaurants are prime targets for filming.
  4. Los Angeles is the birthplace of the Internet, Mickey Mouse, Barbie, the DC-3, the Mazda Miata, and the Space Shuttle.
  5. Marina del Rey has the largest manmade recreational harbor and houses more than 6,000 yachts.
Notable Natives
  • Julia Child
  • Coolio
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Theodore Harold Maiman
  • Mark McGwire
  • Isamu Noguchi
  • Robert Redford
  • Sally Ride
  • William Saroyan
  • Adlai Stevenson
  • Shirley Temple
  • Earl Warren
  • Serena and Venus Williams
  • Myra Wilson
  • Tiger Woods
Local Slang
  • The Fu: What LMU students call the Furama Hotel in Westchester, which the University uses for temporary housing
  • The Industry: The entertainment industry
  • Know your numbers: The 405, 5, 10, 90, 210, 101, 110, and 14 are all Los Angeles freeways that connect various parts of the city.
  • Marine layer/sea fog: A thick cloud of heavy fog that rolls in over the coast after sunset and stays until shortly after sunrise
  • Westside: LMU is in Los Angeles's trendy Westside that includes Beverly Hills, Marina del Rey, Malibu, and Hollywood.
Points of Interest
  • Autry Museum of Western Heritage
  • The beach
  • California Science Center
  • Chinatown
  • Disneyland
  • Dodger Stadium
  • Exposition Park
  • Getty Center
  • Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
  • Griffith Park
  • The Grove
  • Heritage Square Museum
  • Hollywood Bowl
  • Knott’s Berry Farm
  • La Brea Tar Pits
  • Little Tokyo
  • Los Angeles Zoo
  • Malibu
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Museum of Neon Art
  • Museum of Tolerance
  • Santa Monica Pier
  • Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • Skirball Cultural Center
  • Staples Center
  • Universal City Walk
  • Universal Studios Hollywood
Shopping Centers
  • Fox Hills
  • Marina Marketplace
  • Promenade at Howard Hughes Center
  • Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica
  • Westfield Shoppingtown
  • Westfield Shoppingtown Century City
Movie Theaters
The Bridge: Cinema de Lux
6081 Center Dr.
Los Angeles
(310) 568-3375
Movie Theaters
Loews Marina Marketplace
13455 Maxella Ave.
Marina del Rey
(310) 827-7955
Movie Theaters
United Artists Cinema 6
4335 Glencoe Ave.
Marina del Rey
(310) 823-3959
Major Sports Teams
  • Anaheim Ducks: hockey
  • LA Kings : Hockey
  • Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: baseball
  • Los Angeles Clippers: basketball
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: baseball
  • Los Angeles Lakers: basketball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Downtown Los Angeles: CA: 25 minutes
  • Las Vegas: NV: 5 hours, 30 minutes
  • San Diego: CA: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 72 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 73 responses

  • 93% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 4% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 3% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 72 responses

  • 74% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 21% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 6% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 72 responses

  • 50% Totally.
  • 46% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 4% No way.



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