UCLA in the Community

23 places off campus where UCLA rules

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Bruins can be found across Los Angeles and the world. The physical presence of UCLA extends beyond campus too. How many of these 23 spots do you know? See our map at the bottom of the page.
 

1. UCLA Community School

UCLA Community School
John Vande Wege/UCLA

The K-12 school created through a partnership of UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and the Los Angeles Unified School District has tripled the college-going rate in the surrounding neighborhood. A great accomplishment in the first five years.
Location: Site of the former Ambassador Hotel, Koreatown
 

2. Mount Wilson Solar Tower

Mt. Wilson Towercam

The 150-ft high telescope located in the Angeles National Forest is run by the UCLA Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. TowerCam provides great views of the nearby Mount Wilson Observatory.
Location: 5,700 feet elevation, San Gabriel Mountains
 

3. UCLA hospitals and medical offices

UCLA Health

UCLA Health is all over Southern California with four hospitals and more than 150 primary and specialty care offices. The UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica is the largest outside Westwood.
Location: Too many to list
 

4. Warner Graduate Art Studios

Warner Graduate Art Studio
UCLA Arts

Home to the UCLA graduate art students’ studios, the space in Culver City’s hip Hayden Tract opens to the public at least twice a year.
Location: 8535 Warner Drive, Culver City
 

5. UCLA Unicamp

UCLA unicampers go hiking
UCLA UniCamp

Unicamp is a non-profit summer camp run by UCLA students that offers underprivileged 10- to 18-year-olds from Los Angeles a chance to see the outdoors and learn about college.
Location: San Bernardino Mountains
 

6. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library

Clark Library reading room
UCLA

Nestled in a residential Los Angeles neighborhood and bequeathed to UCLA in 1934, the Clark Library is the home of rare books and manuscripts and the world’s most comprehensive collection of Oscar Wilde works. See you in a year, though, because it’s closed for renovations.
Location: West Adams
 

7. Skid Row health clinic

UCLA School of Nursing clinic
UCLA

To help some of Los Angeles’ most vulnerable residents, the UCLA School of Nursing has operated a free clinic in a downtown homeless services center for more than 30 years.
Location: Union Rescue Mission
 

8. Architecture and Urban Design’s IDEAS program

Students in UCLA’s SUPRASTUDIO master of architecture II program work in a 13,000-square-foot hangar with huge industrial robots, cutting-edge fabrication and 3-D printing tools. How cool is that? SUPRASTUDIO shares the hangar where famed aviator Howard Hughes built his Spruce Goose seaplane.
Location: Playa Vista
 

9. UCLA Downtown Labor Center

MacArthur Park
UCLA

The Downtown Labor Center brings together workers, students, faculty and policymakers to address critical issues facing working people, through projects like the Los Angeles Black Worker Center.
Location: Westlake district, beside MacArthur Park
 

10. White Mountain Research Center

Barcroft Station White Mountain Research Center
UCLA

Three field stations of the White Mountain Research Center support research in the White-Inyo mountains, Owens Valley and the eastern Sierra Nevada. The center is operated by the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the University of California Natural Reserve System.
Location: Four miles east of Bishop, California
 

11. UCLA@SPARC Digital/Mural Lab

UCLA SPARC Digital Mural Lab
UCLA@SPARC

Led by artist and professor Judy Baca, the UCLA@SPARC Digital/Mural Lab brings computer technology to the production of community-based art.
Location: Converted Venice police station
 

12. Interpretive Media Laboratory

Site of California State Historic Park
UCLA

Since 2006, UCLA REMAP has been building a database of historical images for the neighborhoods surrounding the Los Angeles State Historic Park. Ground was broken for a permanent home in March 2014.
Location: North of downtown L.A.
 

13. Lake Arrowhead Conference Center

Lake Arrowhead conference room
UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center

The UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center has accommodations, dining and meeting rooms on 42 wooded acres for events affiliated with the University of California.
Location: San Bernardino National Forest
 

14. UCLA Extension in DTLA

UCLA Extension Figueroa Courtyard
UCLA Extension

Bringing the campus to the students, UCLA Extension’s downtown center in the Figueroa Courtyard offers more than 130 courses for more than 2,300 students.
Location: 261 S. Figueroa Street
 

15. La Kretz Center Field Station

Sign for UCLA La Kretz Center field station
UCLA

The UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability’s La Kretz Center field station supports conservation science research.
Location: Santa Monica Mountains
 

16. Rose Bowl

UCLA Athletics

Home of the Bruins. Enough said.
Location: Pasadena
 

17. Marina Aquatic Center

UCLA women's crew team
UCLA

The Marina Aquatic Center is home to kayaking, rowing, sailing, surfing, and windsurfing classes, as well as the UCLA crew teams and the UCLA sailing team.
Location: Marina del Rey
 

18. UCLA Wilshire Center

UCLA

This feature of the Westwood skyline houses administrative offices and services that do not need to be on campus. At 17 floors it’s the tallest building to wear the UCLA name.
Location: Wilshire Boulevard
 

19. Stunt Ranch Santa Monica Mountains Reserve

Santa Monica mountains
UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Talk about an office with a view. Stunt Ranch is 310 acres of chaparral, oak trees and riparian habitat used for research and education in the environmental sciences.
Location: Cold Creek watershed
 

20. Graduate student housing

UCLA

UCLA Housing offers more than 1,160 apartments for graduate students at University Village and other locations a few miles from Westwood. Units are designed for married students, students with same-sex partners and single parents.
Location: Palms and Mar Vista
 

21. Jackie Robinson Stadium

Jackie Robinson Stadium
Reed Hutchinson/UCLA

The Bruins baseball team plays its games and welcomes countless veterans at Jackie Robinson Stadium.
Location: Department of Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles campus
 

22. Bear Wear retail outlets

Bruin store in China
Bridget O’Brien/UCLA Magazine

UCLA’s reputation is known around the world. China has more than 75 retail shops selling UCLA-branded shirts, blazers, sports jackets and trousers. London’s first Brit Bear Wear store opened in 2010.
Location: Multiple

23. Westwood Village

Line at Diddy Riese
UCLA

UCLA’s most noticeable off-campus presence is found in Westwood Village, of course. Bruins dominate in the stores, pizzerias, coffee shops and movie theaters — and in the lines at Diddy Riese.

 

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