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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I have not have that much experience with off campus housing.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Administration: The school prohibits alcohol and other drugs on campus; however, it is very difficult to them to check on every single student. There are a lot of students that have alcohol in their dorms, and that smoke marijuana on campus. It's very hard for administration to notice this crimes, unless someone reports them which is very unlikely to happen.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a lot of scholarships this year that have cover most of my tuition. However, next year I will receive a lot less due to me not obtaining an A in every class. UCLA needs to realize that a lot of freshman struggle during their first year, and it's not fair that they do not receive any financial assistance their second year just because they did not get perfect grades their fist quarter of college.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are a lot of parties in Westwood for the people that are interested, but usually to get into those parties you need to have a contact.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There is not enough variety in the dinning halls. I usually love going to Redezvous because its a mix of Latin and Asian food. I do not like the lighting in Covel and Feast, since it's pretty warm and creates a not so pleasant environment to eat.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The rooms are very small, and housing is too expensive. You are not getting for what you are paying.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off Campus housing is it's own can of worms. I haven't had to deal with it much, but from what I understand from my friends who are taking that route, it carries some problems. There are places that are much better than others, and places that are much worse. I've had friends who have had their water unexpectedly turned off for the day without previous notice, I've had friends who have to deal with landlords who are pains and friends that are paying way too much for the amount of space they have compared to what others are getting. There are a fair amount of options, but they fill up really quickly leaving little options for those who might need to move mid year. It's really close to the Hill and other housing which is good. The cost ranges from fair to too expensive, and only on the good deal side if you have an in with the landlord, speaking of which, most of the landlords appear to be total pains to deal with and have little interest in anything besides your rent check. As far as I know the school offers little assistance in finding apartments.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Westwood is only a short walk away from Campus and opens up a fair amount of opportunities for variety in food options from In-N-Out, to Taco Bell, to BJ's. There are several local pizza shops that aren't chains. It's pretty good. The cost of some of these places will make your wallet groan a bit. But it's a nice way to get together with some friends and go out for some meal options. BJ's is great for birthdays since you get a free Cookie Cake for the birthday guy or girl. There are a fair amount of ethnic varieties from Korean to Schwarma to Thai, and all for not too much money (at least not much more than the the official price of a Meal Swipe approximately $8-$10).

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: As with any rules that try to govern activities, there are compromises that must be made. For increased safety there also comes stricter rules. As with any school, alcohol is always a thing in the dorms, but as long as people drink responsibly then there should be no need to fear police intervention. If you are being obnoxiously loud and disturbing people's nights you are likely to get a knock on the door from a disgruntled neighbor, or even the RA if you're not careful. If you're really bad, then the police will be involved, but you get several opportunities to fix the situation before that happens. Many classes have a 2 free absences policy which is fair and allows for more missed classes should illness be keeping you from class. The Ashe Center is a slight pain to deal with since all the appointments are taken in the morning allowing for only intermittent walk ins. Overall, it's not to bad, but there's room for improvement.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It was way to difficult to get any financial aide. I applied via FAFSA and everything, yet my school still believed that my parents were more than capable of paying for my college expenses as well as funding their own lives and my brothers back home without any aide, even though my father had recently lost his job and has since not found work. Upon being told we would be receiving next to no financial aide from UCLA, we called up the financial aide office asking why we weren't receiving any, why I was not allowed to have Work-Study, or anything. They told us that we would have to fill out an appeal, which we did, and we received only a little bit more financial aide. It's not only UCLA that is messed up in the financial aide department. The entire system is messed up. The basis for which household are believed to be able to pay for college is outrageous and the entire system is basically a house of cards and it's about to fall down. Between loans being handed out to students who are never going to able to pay them off in full, the failure for student loans to disappear with declaration of bankruptcy, and the overall terribleness of the system, everything is bound to collapse any day.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Going to be totally honest here. I'm not a huge party person. If asked whether I'm going to a big rager or a kickback with close friends. 9.5 times out of 10 I will choose the kickback. I'd much rather hang out with friends and play "Cards Against Humanity" or make up fun commentary for a movie. Parties are pretty common, most of the frats will have a party every weekend. But I have always found that the parties with friends of mine from my Major are the best parties. We're basically a fraternity/sorority as is, but we all know each other and get along well. I think that if the party scene is where you have fun, then it should definitely use it as a way to unwind at the end of the week as we all deserve to.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The amount of options UCLA offers is actually the best. There are so many options that a common question amongst friends is where to eat for lunch, promptly followed by looking at the daily meals online. This rarely ever helps the situation as both Covel and De Neve will tend to have fantastic options for full on meals, Rendezvous and B Caf are fantastic for wanting a quick meal to get some energy and back to studying. 1919 is great for when you're in that mood for some Italian food or Gelato. My only complaints go to B Plate and Feast since their menus are so hit or miss on any given day. Either one could be good, but they could also not. The servings at both are much smaller compared to De Neve or Covel, and the wait for B Plate is hardly worth the amount you get. Perhaps the biggest complaint however should be an inability to use meal swipes off of the Hill. If we had the ability to use our meal swipes for food between classes off of the Hill (at Northern Lights, or Lu Valle, or Southern Lights, or Ackerman) well that would just change everything and they would get a lot more meal plans, especially from students like me who no longer live on the hill and therefore have next to no reason to get swipes as I spend so little time there now that I live in an apartment.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus was one of the greatest things to happen in my freshmen year. The quality of the dining halls was fantastic, the people I lived with on my floor were nice and always mad me feel welcome, I got to live near all of my friends, and it was just a generally great place to be. The cost was a bit on the expensive side, which is unfortunate since that's why I ended up not being able to live in the Dorms this current year (sophomore). The housing process to sign up for rooms by they dorm rooms or University Apartments (like I am currently in) is an easy one, with little to no complications. All the rooms have their own benefits and downsides. If you have a private bathroom, you get less space within the room itself, which makes sense. No private bathroom = more room. Sharing a bathroom with your neighbor will get a you a little more space. So there's a give and take when it comes to balancing out the room types.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus dining is one of the things I miss about UCLA. So much variety.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: I never had any issues with the administration.

4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Whether its getting around campus, to the dorms, to apartments, or Westwood, it works well.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Its hard to get parking and you really have to watch out for tickets.

5 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Its UCLA, obviously the technology will be good.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: It is awesome, just watch the intake. They have healthy options, you just have to be conscious about it.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: There's lots of different housing situations to choose from so anyone could be comfortable there. There's tons of places to eat, and the food is amazing, just watch those freshman 15! Also, there are a lot of people to meet, and things to do. The recreation areas are great.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not looked into off campus housing, so I can't give an opinion. But from what I've heard, it does not sound so bad.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are great places to eat everywhere from 800 degrees to fat sals. And of course, you can't forget Diddy Rieese!

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Here at UCLA, no one holds your hand through college. If you skip a class or drink, it's your responsibility. If your actions lead to altercations, you are only to blame.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Scholarships: My financial aid came through without much difficulty, but coming from a low income background, I can't say that I received enough to cover my costs here.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties are something every student should participate in occasionally. Like everything else, as long as it's not overdone, parties are a great experience

2 people found this useful Report
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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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