Southern California is among the world's most vibrant and exciting geographic areas, offering unparalleled access to cutting-edge commercial activity as well as virtually limitless cultural and recreational opportunities. Both Los Angeles and UCLA are located at an extraordinary cultural crossroads and require engagement with people of various backgrounds and points of view. Anderson students find this diversity a strength both professionally and personally, and they enjoy getting together to share their cultural traditions with each other.
The UCLA campus is set in one of the leading residential areas of Los Angeles and is adjacent to Westwood Village, a student haven. The campus is easily accessible by car and public transportation from freeways and major thoroughfares. Theaters, sporting events, performances and leisure activities are available either within or just beyond the borders of the UCLA campus.
UCLA Anderson has an outstandingly active student body. Extracurricular activities help build relationships between and among students, faculty, alumni, and members of the business community that can help to guide you on your professional and personal journeys. Extracurricular activities at UCLA Anderson also provide a forum for students to practice their leadership skills in career, social, outreach and volunteer settings.
The Anderson Student Association (ASA) supports many student-run clubs and organizations. These clubs represent a wide array of professional, cultural, social and athletic interests - a diversity that represents the lifeblood of the unique UCLA Anderson culture. Leaders from these clubs represent their members as part of the ASA Council, a voting body of students the work to improve student life on a variety of issues.
MFE students have access to all of UCLA's state-of-the-art athletic and recreational facilities. The John Wooden Center offers a full gymnasium, weight-training equipment, squash and racquetball courts. Several swimming facilities, including the Sunset Recreation Center's Olympic-size outdoor pool, as well as tennis courts and jogging paths also are available.
Dining facilities are available at several locations on campus. The UCLA Anderson complex houses the cafe Il Tramezzino, where a wide selection of light meals, snacks, and beverages are available. Other on-campus dining facilities include: the North Campus Student Center that offers a variety of foods, including a salad bar; Lu Valle Commons, a short walk through the beautiful Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden features a dining facility and coffeehouse. Westwood Village, adjacent to the south end of the UCLA campus, also offers outstanding restaurants, as well as a broad range of shopping, entertainment and local attractions.
Housing in Los Angeles is in great demand and can be very expensive. Graduate students usually live off campus in either private or university-owned apartments. Many students rent off-campus apartments in Brentwood, Santa Monica, West Los Angeles, and Westwood. Limited space is also available in university owned apartments. Early application for university housing is strongly advised. Rental rates of privately owned apartments are relatively expensive in the neighborhoods around UCLA. Less costly apartments can be found three to five miles from campus. The Community Housing Office provides information and current listings on private apartments, rooms in private homes, shared rentals, roommates, and temporary housing.
Los Angeles residents rely heavily on automobiles for transportation. Most students have cars, but parking can be a problem. On the UCLA campus, where the demand for parking space exceeds the supply, parking is by paid permit only. To obtain a permit, students must petition Campus Parking Services for a parking assignment. Many students use alternative means of transportation to get to and from campus, including local buses, bikes, and rail lines. The Commuter Guide, containing bus route maps and information about carpools and other transportation options, can be obtained from the Commuter Assistance & Ridesharing Office.