Limitless Opportunities

A cultural and recreational mecca, Los Angeles has it all. It’s also a center of opportunity where business and creativity come together to make something greater. UCLA is located on the west side of L.A. and very accessible to sporting events, concerts, theaters, shopping, nightlife, the beach and so many other outlets for activity.

“ I thought LA would be a two year adventure for me, but I fell in love with the city and worked hard to stay put after Anderson! Beaches, mountains, incredible restaurants, some of the country's best sports teams (so close, Dodgers!) and an incredible creative culture at it's heartbeat — you just can't beat it. ”

Katrina Kurnit (’17)

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International Neighborhoods

In addition to top-rated restaurants, Los Angeles is home to international neighborhoods that boast some of the most authentic cuisines of other countries:

On-Campus Activities


UCLA Athletics

UCLA leads the nation with 118 NCAA team championships and 13 total national championships. Students can purchase discounted tickets at the UCLA Central Ticket Office.

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Melnitz Movies

Presented by the UCLA Graduate Students Association and the ASUCLA Student Interaction Fund, Melnitz Movies exhibits free screenings of brand new, cult, and classic films.

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UCLA Recreation

The John Wooden Recreation and Sports Center offers multiple gyms, five racquetball/handball courts, a rock wall, two squash courts, a weight-training facility, exercise/dance rooms, a martial arts room and a games lounge.

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UCLA Store at Ackerman

The biggest UCLA store location offers BearWear (UCLA emblematic), BookZone, the Computer Store, Essentials (school and office supplies), Fast Track (sportswear), a Market (snacks, health and beauty) and more.

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On-Campus Museums

Catch an art exhibit at one of UCLA’s three museums: Fowler Museum of Cultural History, the Grunwald Center for Graphic Arts or UCLA Hammer Museum.

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Dining Facilities

Anderson Cafe
The UCLA Anderson complex houses the cafe Anderson Cafe, where a wide selection of light meals, snacks and beverages are available.
Located in the Ackerman student union, Epicuria offers artisanal sandwiches, delicious salads and refreshments in the center of campus
Northern Lights
Northern Lights features a salad bar, sandwiches, coffee, frozen yogurt and more.
Lu Valle Commons
Lu Valle Commons is a short walk through the beautiful Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden and features a dining facility and coffeehouse.

Other Attractions

Santa Monica Pier

Revisit days gone by at a mini-amusement park perched over the water. With a roller coaster, a ferris wheel and plenty of kitschy booths, this is old-fashioned fun.


From Santa Monica to Redondo and beyond, the beaches are a great place to pick up a game of volleyball, do some surfing, enjoy people watching or just watch the sun set into the ocean.


Tinseltown! The entertainment capital of the world offers opportunities to see TV shows filmed live, attend red carpet events, watch advance screenings of movies and engage in entertainment industry networking events. And if you're just sightseeing, the Walk of Fame and the Hollywood sign are a short ride away.


This music festival is popular with our students and the rest of the region. Massive multiday event with an absolute who’s-who of music, they bring students together for some of the best times of their lives.

Downtown L.A.

No longer just a business district, this is where some of the world’s best museums, architecture, concert venues and cuisine reside. From a glass sliding board 70 floors above the city to the historic Grand Central Market, a foodie hub, DTLA makes you feel even more alive.


Whether art or natural history or cars, a world-class source of education and culture awaits.

Farmers Markets

They’re everywhere in the city. This is the freshest way to experience California’s bounty.

Amusement Parks

Students can take advantage of UCLA discounts for some of the world’s premiere theme parks, including Disneyland, Universal Studios, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Knott’s Berry Farm and more.


There are a large number of movie theaters near UCLA, and Westwood has, historically, hosted film premieres at the Village Theater. Anyone is welcome to stand to the side and star gaze as celebrities arrive in their limousines!

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Integrate your family into the UCLA Anderson community

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Clubs & Extracurriculars

Clubs and community involvement at UCLA Anderson

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L.A. Life

Nearby Attractions and On-campus activities

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