« on: March 06, 2007, 12:08:41 AM »
I attended UCLA for graduate school from 2003-2005. I'm originally from the Bay Area, so I cannot speak for east coast residents. Eventhough UCLA is only located in southern California, it was COMPLETELY different from the bay and it was exactly what I expected. I went there SOLELY for school and when I graduated, I quickly left. The traffic sucked, the people were rude and stuck up. Almost everybody thought they were movie stars or something?? Very strange?? The weather was too warm too often and sometimes it just drove me crazy. Things were expensive (rent, movies, gas) and it took forever to get anywhere even when the destination was only 15 minutes away. I did appreciate the diverse ethnic communities/food, and if you have the time to shop around, you can buy pretty trendy/decent looking clothing for cheap. But I think most of the inexpensive clothing was made in the sweat shops located in downtown LA. I lived in family/student housing off of Sawtelle Blvd which was about 20 minutes from UCLA. For a 900 sq. feet two bedroom two bath, I paid $1500/mo which is a total bargain. I think married couples w/o children also qualify but there is a waitlist. You would most likely need a car because public transportation sucks. The public buses around UCLA will cost (I recall) $0.50 or .25 with student id but that means you'll have to pay a pretty pricey amount for rent close to campus.