Explore UCLA


Westwood Village

Located just south of campus, Westwood Village is designed around student tastes and needs. It has three major grocery stores and dozens of restaurants and cafés.

Among its movie theaters is the Mann Village Theatre, which hosts frequent movie premieres. The Geffen Playhouse puts on plays that are as inventive as they are star-studded.

UCLA’s own Hammer Museum showcases art and inventive programming.

Not far from the village—just a few minutes by bus on the other side of the 405 Freeway—is the Getty Center.

Santa Monica

What was once a sleepy beach town is now a vibrant city between UCLA and the coast.

In addition to Santa Monica’s beaches and the famed Santa Monica Pier, you can stroll Main Street, lined with shops and art galleries, or the Third Street Promenade, a pedestrian district with restaurants, more than 200 shops, a farmers’ market, and street performers.


South of Santa Monica, you will find Venice Beach. This city is widely known for its beachfront entertainment.

The famed Venice Boardwalk (home to Muscle Beach) stretches along Venice’s three miles of beautiful sandy beach and provides for some of Los Angeles’ strangest street performers.

In addition to the performers, there are a number of shops and restaurants that are sure to keep you entertained.

Beverly Hills

Just a couple of miles from UCLA you’ll find Beverly Hills and its famed Rodeo Drive. The city is home to tree-lined boulevards, carefully-kept mansions and highest-end retailers.

If shopping and locating star homes isn’t your thing, you can take in a screening at the Museum of Television and Radio.


Hollywood is another neighborhood within Los Angeles boasting vibrant and classic California culture. Attracting millions of visitors every year, Hollywood provides tourists with a glimpse of the glitz and glamour of the television, film, and music industry.

Things to do in Hollywood include taking a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame, hiking up to the Hollywood Sign, or exploring the towns must see shows and attractions.

Downtown Los Angeles

Downtown LA has emerged as a hub of LA nightlife, with scores of new clubs, restaurants and art events.

The south end of Downtown is anchored by LA Live, the Microsoft Theater (home to the Grammys) and Staples Center (home to the Lakers, Clippers, and Kings).

On the north end you’ll find the Frank Gehry-designed Disney Concert Hall (home to the LA Phil), MOCA, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (home to the LA Opera), and the Ahmanson and Taper theaters.

Nearby are such architectural classics as the Bradbury Building, City Hall, and Union Station. Two new architectural standouts—the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and the School of Visual and Performing Arts—face each other from either side of Highway 101.


When you are at UCLA, you don’t have far to go to explore the rest of California.

To the east is the desert, with Palm Springs and its retro vibe, and the distinct geological formations of Joshua Tree National Park.

To the south, the sandy beaches of Orange and San Diego counties unfold one after another.

Drive north on coast-hugging Highway 1 for unforgettable ocean views, lunch in Santa Barbara and a tour Hearst Castle.

Farther north, you can explore the streets and bridges of San Francisco, the Napa Valley Vineyards and the breathtaking Yosemite National Park.


Disneyland, Walt Disney’s original theme park in nearby Anaheim, is a favorite destination among students and tourists alike. Also known as "The Happiest Place on Earth," this park has provided people from all over the world with exciting experiences since 1955!

Food Trucks

Taco trucks have always been a staple in Los Angeles, but when Kogi BBQ opened its first window (in November 2008) to serve chef-designed fusion Korean-Mexican tacos and used Twitter to announce its locations, a movement was born.

Today, designer food trucks are everywhere in LA and you can enjoy dosas, banh-mi, Chinese-Mexican fusion tamales, deluxe cupcakes, vegan fare and scores of other tastes.

For food truck locations and tweets, visit www.foodtrucksmap.com.

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