UCLA’s 419-acre campus sits at the base of the Santa Monica Mountains, just five miles from the Pacific Ocean.


We’re just north of a neighborhood called Westwood Village, where students go to shop, to dine out, take in a movie at the local theater, or drop by the Hammer Museum for a lunchtime art talk.

The most common neighborhoods where graduate students live are Westwood, Culver City, West LA (Palms, Mar Vista, Rancho Park, Westchester, etc.), Mid-City, Santa Monica, Venice, Silverlake, Downtown LA, and of course on-campus.

Los Angeles is an enormous, sprawling city located in southern California, on the west coast of the United States. San Francisco is 320 miles to the north. Immediately surrounding our campus are the cities of Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, Westwood Village, and Brentwood. The central valley wine country, where the movie Sideways was filmed (director Alexander Payne got his MFA from UCLA Film School), is about two hours north of LA.

To find your way around you can search Google Maps for UCLA Graduate Programs, or search UCLA’s interactive map of the campus which identifies building names.

Discover more from our page on Visiting UCLA.