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UCLA offers both great environment and programs among the UCs. Westwood village is a great place to hang out for students. It has restaurants, shops... and even a farmer's market. All these within walking distance. The downside is that housing is difficult to get around campus and rents are extremely expensive. Parking is also very problematic. You can apply for a spot but it's quite pricey. And it's impossible to street park. There are buses that run quite frequently from Westside, Santa Monica or Culver city.

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UCLA offers both great environment and programs among the UCs. Westwood village is a great place to hang out for students. It has restaurants, shops... and even a farmer's market. All these within walking distance. The downside is that housing is difficult to get around campus and rents are extremely expensive. Parking is also very problematic. You can apply for a spot but it's quite pricey. And it's impossible to street park. There are buses that run quite frequently from Westside, Santa Monica or Culver city.

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This is the second best University of California campus (Berkeley being #1). It's a large school, and it's pretty easy to get lost in the masses as an undergrad. Grad school here is a good experience depending on what department you are in. Being a public university, with the huge budget cuts in CA's education budget in the last few years, there often just isn't enough money to support all the students. For example, our college library's budget was cut from $80,000 anually a few years ago to now $30,000; we can't even subscribe to some online journals anymore. But despite all that the level of education at this school is still very high, and it's a beautiful campus to boot.

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This is the second best University of California campus (Berkeley being #1). It's a large school, and it's pretty easy to get lost in the masses as an undergrad. Grad school here is a good experience depending on what department you are in. Being a public university, with the huge budget cuts in CA's education budget in the last few years, there often just isn't enough money to support all the students. For example, our college library's budget was cut from $80,000 anually a few years ago to now $30,000; we can't even subscribe to some online journals anymore. But despite all that the level of education at this school is still very high, and it's a beautiful campus to boot.

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World-class professors, a broad spectrum of excellence in research and teaching, and a great environment to learn make UCLA a fantastic university. But apart from it as the central place of knowledge in Southern California, UCLA is a great place to spend some time visiting.

Going to a college as a tourist? Sound weird? Once you see the location, you'll agree it's one of the more idyllic spots to spend a day in LA.

UCLA is located in the richest part of LA, nestled in beautiful West LA, near Brentwood, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica. The campus is compact and easily walkable, and beautiful at every turn. The school has been on a building binge for the past decade, erecting state-of-the-art facilities to complement the classic structures.

Any tour of UCLA must begin with the Royce Quad, in my opinion the most pleasant place to sit and enjoy an hour. Royce Hall and Powell Library offer gorgeous brick facades and out across Jans Steps is a dominating view of Drake Stadium and the dorms. On weekends, people lounge around on the grass and play frisbee. And during the week, coeds mill about strolling to classes or hanging out with their friends in front of the library.

Head north to the Sculpture Garden and appreciate the classic Henry Moore piece, as well as some modern pieces that have been installed in the last decade. On the east side of campus is a hidden gem - the Botanical Gardens offer a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the campus and the city. And finish off your day by trying to see if the basketball or volleyball teams are practicing in Pauley Pavillion.

Go Bruins!

PROS: Beautiful, Free except for parking
CONS: Parking is $8

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★★★★★

World-class professors, a broad spectrum of excellence in research and teaching, and a great environment to learn make UCLA a fantastic university. But apart from it as the central place of knowledge in Southern California, UCLA is a great place to spend some time visiting.

Going to a college as a tourist? Sound weird? Once you see the location, you'll agree it's one of the more idyllic spots to spend a day in LA.

UCLA is located in the richest part of LA, nestled in beautiful West LA, near Brentwood, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica. The campus is compact and easily walkable, and beautiful at every turn. The school has been on a building binge for the past decade, erecting state-of-the-art facilities to complement the classic structures.

Any tour of UCLA must begin with the Royce Quad, in my opinion the most pleasant place to sit and enjoy an hour. Royce Hall and Powell Library offer gorgeous brick facades and out across Jans Steps is a dominating view of Drake Stadium and the dorms. On weekends, people lounge around on the grass and play frisbee. And during the week, coeds mill about strolling to classes or hanging out with their friends in front of the library.

Head north to the Sculpture Garden and appreciate the classic Henry Moore piece, as well as some modern pieces that have been installed in the last decade. On the east side of campus is a hidden gem - the Botanical Gardens offer a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the campus and the city. And finish off your day by trying to see if the basketball or volleyball teams are practicing in Pauley Pavillion.

Go Bruins!

PROS: Beautiful, Free except for parking
CONS: Parking is $8

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