My six-week stay at UCLA in Los Angeles was an incredibly great experience for me. If you have any questions, you will be helped immediately and all ambiguities are quickly cleared up. In my case, I would like to thank Ms. Uhlig once again for her support.
Finally arrived at the airport in Los Angeles you can take a taxi to UCLA for about 30-40 $, which takes about 20-30 minutes. Even if you have never been to the United States or have been abroad for a long time, as I have never before, you can quickly find your way around UCLA.
The front desk staff in Sproul Hall are very helpful and provide information around the clock. Since the campus is very large, you can find your way around in the first few days with a folder on which all buildings are clearly drawn.
In my experience, you got used to it pretty well after a week.
I lived in Sproul Hall. The front desk and a small reception hall are located on the lowest floor. Then there are six more floors, each of which contains the rooms for the students. On each floor there is a men’s and a women’s bathroom as well as a laundry room with two washing machines and two dryers.
The two- or three-bed rooms look pretty small, but you get used to them quickly. The twin room has two beds, two desks and two wardrobes with mirrors. In the triple room there are two bunk beds on which you can sleep well, three desks and two wardrobes with mirrors.
The bathrooms have six sinks, five-six shower stalls and five-six toilets.
According to topschoolsoflaw.com, the rooms as well as the bathrooms have been newly renovated and are therefore very pleasant to use. However, everyone can imagine what a bathroom that is used by so many people looks like at the end of the day.
I can only recommend everyone to live in Sproul Hall, as it is very central and you can come into contact with other students much faster. The dining hall, in which you eat, is directly opposite and so you often meet while eating, where you can socialize more easily.
If you live in the apartments off campus, you have to cater for yourself or pay around 6-8 $ per meal in the dining hall.
The food in the Dining Hall seems quite varied at first, but after six weeks most of them have longed for German food again. Every lunchtime and evening there is a large salad bar, burgers and fries and various pizzas. Otherwise there are many rice and meat dishes. Unfortunately, there is little pasta.
Breakfast is pretty American. In addition to bagels, toast, donuts and cakes, there is also plenty of fruit and eggs or sausages. In our case, however, it was always the case that everyone met for dinner at a certain time and the plans for the days or evenings were discussed.
The courses at UCLA are quite demanding. However, if you want to study, you can either withdraw to the libraries or in the Spoul Hall there is a lounge on each floor where you can find the peace and quiet to study.
The teachers in the courses have found everyone to be very personable and helpful.
Since the campus is very large, you have to be prepared for a lot of walking to get to the buildings in which the respective classes take place. From Sproul Hall you usually have to walk 10-15 minutes.
You don’t have to worry about spending your free time in Los Angeles at UCLA. There are many free sports facilities on campus itself, such as tennis and basketball courts and there is also a fitness studio.
In addition to opportunities on campus, there is of course a lot to do in Los Angeles itself. I’ve been to the beach at least three times a week. Venice Beach and Santa Monica are two very beautiful beaches that are 40-60 minutes by bus and 15-25 minutes by car. The bus connections are not bad and at 50 cents per trip they are also quite cheap. The stops are about a 20-minute walk away.
You can also go shopping in Los Angeles incredibly well, so I can only advise everyone to bring enough money with them.
Of course, LA also has a good nightlife when it comes to bars and clubs. Our favorite bar was the O’Haras, which is only a 15-minute walk from UCLA. However, if you’re under 21 it’s hard to get in and alcohol isn’t served either. The Americans are very strict about this and also control everyone.
This summer in Los Angeles I have seen so much and met so many great people as never before.