Palms (Zip Code 90034)
About five miles south of UCLA, Palms is a neighborhood with apartments that are more affordable than housing closer to UCLA.
If you are near the Santa Monica #12/Super 12 bus route, which traverses Palms, or the Culver City #6 bus on Sepulveda, your transportation directly to campus is assured. Many students live in Palms, including those in UCLA’s Family and Single Graduate apartments, so carpooling is also a possibility.
Palms has supermarkets and retail along Sepulveda, a couple of laundromats, and several restaurants, particularly along Venice Boulevard.
Transportation options direct to UCLA: Big Blue Bus #8 and #12/Super 12, Culver City Bus #6; Big Blue Bus #6 and Culver City Bus #3 connect to the Big Blue Bus #12.
Mar Vista (90066)
West of Palms, and four to six miles southwest of campus, Mar Vista is another neighborhood rich in affordable housing options for students. Single family houses still outnumber apartments, but apartment construction is widespread. UCLA family and single graduate apartments are also located in Mar Vista. One drawback is that parts of Mar Vista are poorly served by bus routes to campus. If you do not have a car, find an apartment near the Santa Monica #8 bus (National Blvd.), the #14 bus (Centinela), or #6 bus (Venice Blvd). This will make your commute much easier.
Transportation options direct to UCLA: Big Blue Bus #8 and #12/Super 12, Culver City Bus #6; Big Blue Bus #6 connects to the #12, while the Big Blue Bus #14 (Centinela) connects to the #1 and #8.
Culver City (90230)
Culver City is an incorporated city five to seven miles south of UCLA and just south of Palms and Mar Vista. Rental prices tend to be affordable and the neighborhood pleasant, but travel to campus can consume at least 30 minutes at rush hour.
There are apartments between Venice and Washington Boulevards and in the area off Culver Boulevard, south of MGM Studios. Further south, toward Jefferson Boulevard, luxury apartments and condos are common.
If you do not have a car, you may desire to live near the Culver City #6 bus (Sepulveda) direct to UCLA, or one of the lines that connect with it, such as the #1 bus (Washington Blvd.) or #7 bus (Culver Blvd.). Culver City is freeway friendly and has shopping, services and good recreation facilities.
Transportation options direct to UCLA: Culver City Bus #6; Culver City Bus #1 and #7 connect to line #6.