Living in LA
With a population of 10.2 million, Los Angeles is the largest county in the U.S. and home to one of the most diverse populations in the world. Vibrant neighborhoods are found throughout Los Angeles, where over 200 hundred languages can be heard on the streets of Little Armenia to Thai Town. The inhabitants of Los Angeles live in a truly cosmopolitan center full of educational and cultural resources.
Located in Westwood Village, near Bel Air, UCLA is surrounded by shops, eateries, and museums. On campus, the Fowler Museum displays rich ethnographic objects and is free to the public. In the Village, the Hammer Museum—a unique, cutting-edge arts institution that connects the classics and the contemporary through its varied collections, wide-ranging exhibitions, and programs—is open to the public and free to students. Just three miles from campus, the Getty Center presents Getty’s collection of Western art from the Middle Age to the present and houses the Getty Conservation Institute and Getty Research Institute.
Other prime attractions in Los Angeles and neighboring cities include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Getty Villa in Malibu, Norton Simon Museum of Art and Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Garden.
Mountains and deserts are each about an hour’s drive from UCLA; beaches are only a 20-minute drive. Los Angeles is known for its year-round balmy weather—average temperatures range from 59° F (15° C) in December to 75° F (24° C) in August.
While driving is the easiest way to navigate this sprawling urban area, Los Angeles has an extensive public transportation system. For information on housing, transportation and cultural life, please visit the links below:
UCLA Graduate Student Housing
For information about UCLA and Los Angeles County transportation, visit:
Los Angeles County Bus and Rail Information
Los Angeles County Metro (Bus and Rail)