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4 College Freshman

Local Area: La Jolla is beautiful and luxurious. You are often surrounded by stuck-up people, but the atmosphere is still pleasant and fun.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: There's always something to do, whether its going to the beach or going downtown to check out the gaslamp quarter. Most everybody is friendly towards the college students, and there are plenty of stores to shop at.

4 College Junior

Local Area: It's safe but it's quit boring if you don't have a car.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: The local atmosphere here is wonderful.

I love it here because it's so relaxed and so tranquil-- the scenery makes me feel like I'm at a vacation resort. And I practically am, I mean, the beach is literally walking distance. I love La Jolla. It's not one of those cities were you either really love it or really hate it; it's not a metropolitan where you pay for the excitement of city life with loss of peace and simplicity. I feel incredibly safe going off of campus, and there's no danger of meeting a questionable person or encountering a smell that disconcertingly smells like urine.

Meanwhile, if I do have the urge to visit a high-strung city-type area, Los Angeles is only an amtrak ride away. Everything's an amtrak or bus ride away.

There's at least five movie theaters within a mile on campus, lots of plazas where students can both buy their groceries and school supplies at name-brand stores and hang out with friends at cafes and eateries. The Westfield Mall is literally 10minutes away by bus-- and the buses are free! I love this school and apparently people here do too: whenever I shop at the La Jolla Village Shoppes in my UCSD sweater, they instantly ask me how my classes are going and how I'm liking it so far.

Overall a very laid-back and friendly environment that provides me with everything I need for my happiness.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: I havent been off to the local area often


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La Jolla is a ritzy, stuffy community filled with rich, retired old people. However, this does not stop UCSD students from enjoying the beautiful place where they live. With the beach just walking distance from campus and sunny skies and water sports everywhere, it is hard not to enjoy living in San Diego. There are many exciting things to do away from the beach, as well. You can visit the Zoo and Wild Animal Park, Balboa Park, Mission Bay, Mexico, watch sporting events, or run in the Rock and Roll marathon. La Jolla is a beautiful and safe place to live—it’s just not like the college town students may have pictured when they planned to go away to school.

UCSD students are generally happy with the activities and environment San Diego has to offer. With such a laid-back atmosphere, everyone can find some place they fit in. A popular place with many students is Pacific Beach, more commonly known as PB, where you can find a more independent environment than La Jolla. PB is known for its fun little stores, great Mexican food, and huge bar scene. Also popular is the Gas Lamp District, located downtown. The Gas Lamp District has the feel of an urban city, and there are constantly concerts or events to attend. For an Animal House-esque college scene, UCSD students head over to San Diego State. Overall, there is no excuse for sitting at home and being bored in San Diego.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The 2002 Superbowl (XXXVII) was held in San Diego. (The Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Oakland Raiders.)
  2. Parts of Black's Beach are nude beaches.
  3. Sports Illustrated has named UCSD the best school for surfing.
  4. Terry Allen's "Trees," also known as the "Talking Trees," are three lead-skinned sculptures disguised as trees in the Eucalyptus Forest which regularly broadcast poetry, stories, and songs.
  5. Every year, Comi-con is held in San Diego, where you can meet actors and comic book authors.
  6. There are haunted houses in Old Town San Diego.
Notable Natives
San Diego has created a lot of famous surfers along with a few actors and musicians. Jack Johnson, Annette Benning, and James Avery are from San Diego.
Local Slang
  • The 5; The 805: Locals often put "the" in front of freeways (i.e. "I took the 5 south.") This is always a big debate between Northern and Southern Californians at UCSD.
  • Anything beachy or typical Southern CA: dude, like, and cool:
Points of Interest
  • Balboa Park
  • Beaches
  • The Gas Lamp District
  • Old Town San Diego
  • San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park
  • Sea World
  • Tijuana, Mexico
Shopping Centers
  • Fashion Valley
  • Horton Plaza
  • University Town Center
Movie Theaters
AMC La Jolla
8657 Villa La Jolla Dr.
La Jolla
(858) 558-2234
Movie Theaters
AMC Landmark La Jolla Village
8879 Villa La Jolla Dr.
La Jolla
(858) 453-7831
Movie Theaters
AMC Theaters Fashion Valley 18
7037 Friars Rd.
San Diego
(858) 558-2
Movie Theaters
Pacific Town Square
4665 Clairemont Dr.
San Diego
(858) 274-1234
Major Sports Teams
  • San Diego Chargers: NFL
  • San Diego Padres: MLB
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • The beach: : 10 minutes or less
  • Los Angeles: CA: 2 hours
  • Mexico: : 45 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 175 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 176 responses

  • 36% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 22% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 9% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 28% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 5% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 175 responses

  • 41% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 49% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 10% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 176 responses

  • 39% Totally.
  • 56% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 5% No way.



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