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Reviews 3682 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Great Greek scene. Plenty of opportunities to find a niche.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: UCLA is in westwood, surrounded by Brentwood, Beverly Hills, and BelAir. I don't there is a safer place in Los Angeles. As a girl, I feel totally comfortable walking around the campus alone at night, and Westwood is totally safe as well (but travel with a buddy to be safe). Campus security is on top of their game: UCPD is prompt and seem to allows be floating around the apartments on weekends. Also, the Community Service Officers are student who are paid to do rounds on different parts of campus at night, and if you feel unsafe walking back to your room late at night, they will escort you there for peace of mind.

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2 College Freshman

Administration: UCLA is actually really strict about partying in the dorms. RAs do rounds and there are announced room inspections. We aren't allowed to have any alcohol bottles (closed, open, empty, or full) in the rooms and definately no weed. They are really strict about this stuff, and its annoying, but the reason I gave it a C is that getting writtn up (the typical punishment for this) is NOT a big deal. Usually it just involves talking to an adult member of the Office of Residential Life and maybe completing an online course module of alcohol safety or something.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: You're in luck, I was a housing tour guide for UCLA Bruin Day, our admit weekend. Here's a break down of each type of dorm on the "hill."

names- sproul, sproul cove/landing, rieber, hedrick, dykstra
setup/amenities- shared bathroom in hallway (one for boys, one for girls), coed floors, doubles or triples, two lounges per floor
pros- REALLY social, these are the dorms where you get to know who you're living with the most. This is the true college experience.
cons- small rooms (especially triples), loud all the time

names- de neve dorms, reiber terrace/vista, hedrick summit
setup- air conditioning!!! doubles/triples with bathroon shared between two rooms, 2 lounges per floor
pros- really nice living arrangement, rooms are bigger than halls, most 2nd years, quieter, cleaner
cons- less social than halls

names- hitch and saxon
setup- two bedrooms (doubles or triples) with a shower and living room area, separated by buildings, less than 100 people per building
pros- TONS of space, good for having people over, quieter
cons- not the freshman experience, pretty antisocial (you have you really put yourself out there and seek out friends here), way less of a community, expensive

other than housing, food at ucla is the best, seriously.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is great at UCLA! Because most people have left the dorms by their third-year at the latest, all of the apartments around the campus are taken over by UCLA students. Most of the apartments are within 5-10 minutes campus walking, which is really convenient, and the area around UCLA is super safe, so their's no issues walking back to your apartment off-campus late at night. The only this is that westwood is a little expensive, but if you decide to live farther from campus, the rent goes dow a lot (and their is a shuttle that will take you their that runs really often).

5 College Senior

Local Area: UCLA is in a truly ideal location. No matter what your interest is, there is something for you to do, guaranteed. The shopping is, of course, fantastic (especially at the Grove, Melrose, and the Beverly Center). Hollywood and the beach are only short bus rides away, as are music venues and museums. Many places offer student discounts, so take advantage and see the sights!

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: While the dorm buildings are nice now that they've been renovated, they are still barely big enough for three students to live in comfortably. However, the packed dorms mean you have more opportunities to make friends. Plus, the dining halls are attached to the dorms, making food very accessible.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The sports that are most popular are Football and Men's basketball. There's a "Den Pass," that you purchase in order to watch these two sports. The bleachers are always packed and people are always excited to watch the sports. There are a lot of sports to watch but it seems like these two are the most popular and most watched.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining halls are supposed to be one of the best of college campuses. They change the menu everyday and you have lots of options to go where you want to eat.

5 College Freshman

Weather: It's Los Angeles so the weather is great. Most days are sunny and beautiful but it's a drag when it rains.

4 College Freshman

Weather: It's usually sunny here in Los Angeles. There are a few rainy days here and there, some cloudy days, and a few months of cold weather, which really isn't cold weather when compared to New York or Seattle. It's a drag walking to class in 40 degree weather when you've been living in SoCal since birth, but that's generally the coldest weather you'll ever experience while at LA.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Besides the really great food served on the Hill, housing at UCLA isn't that great. Room and board is very expensive compared to other UC campuses, with different types of rooms and different types of meal plans constituting different price tags. The rooms are also small for the price the students pay, and maintenance takes a while to actually come by during an emergency (e.g. clogged toilet). It's also really tiring to walk all the way up to the dorms, since it is on a hill. The social atmosphere isn't great in the dorm plazas and suites.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The area at UCLA is generally pretty safe. I have not encountered anything horrible happening, but there have been some incidents of rape and robbery. Those incidents are, however, not too common. The streets of Westwood are also rather safe and filled with people, even at night. There should be lighting on campus and more emergency buttons around.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: The schools is pretty lenient. It is not irresponsible though. There are quiet hours during dorms from 11pm-5am. When going to your dorm, there is security which requires you to swipe your bruin card to ensure security.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: UCLA, is an amazing school with great faculty and caring staff. It offers study-abroad programs and over 1,000 clubs! The work load is challenging but manageable!

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking permit costs are outrageously expensive due to the limited availability or parking spots. There are many lots on campus; however, spots are limited when compared to the number of students who attend UCLA. Fortunately, there is no need for a car on campus, because everything is at walking distance, and westwood is just a few blocks away. Residential areas are right up the hill next to campus as well. It is quite easy to get a ticket/fined because there are parking enforcers who constantly check every parking lots. Parking spaces are extremely difficult to find due to the high population of people, limited street parking space and narrow streets.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Overall, the dining options at UCLA are amazing. The dining halls are a buffet-style and serve a great variety of foods, including vegetarian and vegan options. The quick-service restaurants also serve great quality food in big portions. There are so many food and dining options on campus and the residential area, and it they are so easy to access from class and the dorms.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: UCLA excel at many sports and win many championships. Students always have bruin pride and support all sports.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: UCLA is a very diverse university. As a minority myself, I feel like I belong on campus through them many clubs and organizations. There is a club for everyone. Also, UCLA offers many classes that aim to bring awareness about diversity such as Chicana/o Studies, African American studies, LGBT studies, etc.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Since it is in the center of Los Angeles it is very easy to get around on public transportation. You can pretty much take one bus to your destination, whether it be to the mall, beach, or Beverly Hills. UCLA also offer students rides after 6pm to any part of campus, campus housing or apartments.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Like most places in Los Angeles, UCLA is mostly sunny. So if you enjoy the sun then this is a great place to be. However, like Southern California weather, it does randomly rain here and there. Other than that you won't need to buy expensive jackets to stay warm. One or two hoodies will do you just fine. There is a lot of stuff to do outdoors and indoors around campus so the weather, more than often, suits the occasion. Students take the bus to the beach or go shopping in local Westwood shops.

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3 College Junior

Majors: GEtting into my department was something i casually got into by the classes i was interested in during community college. The most important criteria for admission is consistent grades and the required courses needed for the major. Nothing to abnormal. Stay consistent with your grades at community college because it can get difficult when you also have to work and study.

4 College Junior

Majors: Im starting to love it more and more everyday. I surrounded by amazing museums that can help me with better opportunities.My parents are not very thrilled and wished i pursued the medical field, but i feel it is important to follow my heart and my dreams. In terms of finding a job i hope to land an internship and me the right people in order to get where i need to go.

4 College Junior

Majors: The staff is extremly knowledgeable and passionate. They all welcome you to come in for help or if you have questions.

3 College Junior

Weather: its extremely cold in the morning, but during lunch it is usually really nice to be outside


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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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