UCLA Anderson is readily accessible by several transportation methods. Many students who opt to live in the Westwood-area surrounding UCLA are able to walk or cycle to class, while students living in adjacent communities near UCLA are easily able to take public transit to campus.
It's the healthy and inexpensive way to get to campus and we've got lots of bike parking, including enclosed bike lockers. All public buses coming to UCLA/Westwood have bicycle racks so you can bike to your neighborhood bus stop, ride the bus here and then bike where you need to be on campus.
Free shuttles loop through much of the campus Monday through Friday every 8 to 10 minutes during posted service hours. UCLA Transit Operations uses buses and vans that are clean, wheelchair accessible and well-equipped with air-conditioning and comfortable seating. The combination of the Campus Express and Wilshire Center routes cover much of the campus and reach into Westwood Village.
This service provides a safe means of transportation around campus during the evening hours. The vans provide transportation between campus buildings, on-campus housing, and nearby residential areas. The service is free of charge and available to all UCLA students and visitors. Service is available fall, winter, and spring quarters. The hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 6:00pm - 11:00pm.
UCLA is served by a total of six public transit providers that offer both local express and rapid express service. That means less stress commuting to campus because you can sit back, read, study, listen to your music or sleep. And since UCLA Transportation subsidizes at least half of your fare, there is less stress on your wallet, too. The UCLA Public Transit Guide has information and links to help you find out about our subsidy programs, explore bus routes and times that can work for you, and then get on board.
Some bus lines that stop in the vicinity include:
- Metro: Lines 2/302/429/576 (Sunset Blvd.); Lines 20/21/320 (Wilshire Blvd.); Line 561 (Van Nuys/LAX); Commuter Express: Line 573 (Santa Clarita & San Fernando Valleys); Line 534 (Union Station)
- Culver City: Line 6 (LAX/Sepulveda Blvd.)
- Santa Monica: Lines 1/2/3/4/8/12 The Big Blue Bus, which comes from Santa Monica, stops at the top of Hilgard Avenue, just a five-minute walk to the UCLA Anderson School. Get a "little blue card" from the UCLA Central Ticket Office
Students are encouraged to walk, cycle, carpool, or use public transportation whenever possible, as parking passes are difficult to obtain. Student parking is assigned by a need-based point system that includes class standing, employment/academic obligations and commuter distance.
Students also can apply for a carpool permit, and those who qualify are given priority parking at a reduced rate. Carpool permits are available on a quarterly basis only. You will receive information on different transportation options and parking application instructions specific to UCLA Anderson students in the summer.
Even if you decide not to drive to class each day, having a car can make your life easier in Los Angeles and will allow you to explore the many recreational options within hours of the city. The 405 freeway, running north and south, and the 10 freeway, running east and west, are the two main freeways used by neighborhood residents surrounding UCLA. Both freeways offer connections to other major freeways in Southern California including the 110, the 5, the 60 and the 710. Rush hour is generally between 7:00 - 9:30am and 4:30 - 7:00pm. Locals can tell you some of the alternate routes if you would like a change of scenery or a shortcut.
Some Helpful Commuting Resources
- www.sigalert.com - provides traffic reports for Southern California with speed and accident information on all major freeways
- www.metro.net - provides public transportation information for Los Angeles County
- Radio station 1070AM - provides traffic reports every six minutes during rush hour
Nonresident vehicle owners who move to California must register their out-of-state vehicles in California within 20 days of the date they accept employment or establish residency in California.
If a resident of California acquires a vehicle from another state or country, fees become due the date the vehicle enters California and must be paid within 20 days to avoid late penalties. In addition, you may be assessed for a "use tax" which is generally assessed at the same rate as sales tax in the registered owner's county of residence.
You may obtain information, which explains California's registration requirements, by visiting the DMV's website at: www.dmv.ca.gov. Alternatively, you may call the DMV at 1-800-777-0133, 24 hours a day, seven days a week (operators are available between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday) or go to the local DMV office (appointments are highly recommended and can be made online):
2235 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica
If you are a visitor in California over 18 and have a valid driver's license from your home state or country, you may drive in this state without getting a California driver's license as long as your home state license remains valid. More information about qualifying as a non-resident driver can be found here: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d06/vc12502.htm
If you become a California resident, you must get a California driver license within 10 days. Residency is established by voting in a California election, paying resident tuition, filing for a homeowner's property tax exemption, or any other privilege or benefit not ordinarily extended to nonresidents.
Note for international students: It is recommended that you obtain a California Driver's License if you plan to drive in the United States. A California Driver's License is also required when purchasing a car and obtaining car insurance.
In order to verify your legal status for a driver's license, the DMV requires the following documents:
1. Valid passport
2. I-94 card
Basic liability insurance is mandatory in California. Your auto insurance premium is based on a number of factors, including the amount of driving experience you have and your driving history in the U.S. Some insurers accept letters of recommendation from your previous international insurance company or Department of Motor Vehicles (or Transportation).