Being a college student can be a thrilling experience, but it can also present unique challenges that you may need to seek extra support for. In particular, if you are a commuter student, we highly encourage you to be proactive in how best to balance your time commuting while also being on campus. We want our commuters to feel a strong sense of community even though they are not living in the residence halls or near campus and may, at times, feel isolated from UCLA.
First Year Experience aims to advocate for your academic, co-curricular, and transportation needs and create visibility for the commuter student experience across the university. Our mission is to assist in helping you build a community as a Bruin regardless of your commuting distance and ensure you have access to campus and transportation resources to promote your success at UCLA.
Due to LA county health guidelines, we understand most students are currently not commuting to campus as they are engaging in remote learning. Regardless of your current commuting status, we continue to provide resources and engagements online to stay connected with our Bruin commuters in this unique academic year. We encourage you to participate in our events and follow us on social media and reach out with any questions or concerns.
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We invite you to engage with other Bruin commuters at our events and through social media. Please reach out to First Year Experience for any support, resources, or questions you may have.
Who are Bruin Commuters?
Through a campus-wide commuter coalition and the creation of the Undergraduate Commuter Committee, First Year Experience has focused its advocacy and resources on the traditional student commuters who, for various reasons, have no intention of living on campus. For purposes of our work, we define commuters as:
- Do not live in university-owned housing
- Live/Commute 5+ miles from campus *
*in a traditional academic year
Commuter Student Profiles
The Bruin student commuter community is a vibrant and supportive group of students who advocate for each other. We invite you to engage with our Bruin commuter commuters in our events and through social media.
Below are words of advice from current Bruin commuter students who also serve on our Undergraduate Commuter Committee.
Building Community While Supporting Your Transportation Needs
Being a college student can be a thrilling experience, but it can also present unique challenges that you may need to seek extra support for. In particular, if you are a commuter student, we highly encourage you to be proactive in how best to balance your time commuting while also being on campus. We want our first year commuters to feel a strong sense of community even though they are not living in the residence halls and may, at times, feel isolated from campus. Below are several resources that can help commuter students navigate their transportation needs and still feel a strong sense of belonging at UCLA.
UCLA Transportation Services
The Transportation Services Department is dedicated to supporting all your transportation needs and has an excellent overview of commuter options on their website broken down by how far your commute would be and also specific transit options which include public transportation, biking, walking, carpool, vanpool, and information on parking.
UCLA Carpool Permit
Carpooling to campus is a great option for those students who are able to drive 2-3 students in his/her car. One of the many perks of being in a valid UCLA carpool is registered students are not only guaranteed a parking permit, but they receive this permit at a discounted rate! For more information, visit Transportation Services website's Student Carpool Permit Requirements.
UCLA Vanpool Program
If you are live next to several of your fellow Bruins, you may be able to be part of the UCLA Vanpool Program that typically runs Monday-Friday and picks up at a common location in your neighborhood. Vanpool is a nice alternative to driving and allows you to save money on your commute, relax along the route, and an excellent way to meet other commuter students.
UCLA's Community Programs Office (CPO) also offers a van service option for students who live within a 15-30 mile radius from campus. If you are interested in learning more about this service, please fill out an application by visiting the CPO office in the Student Activities Center located in room 105 at the front desk. Make sure to take a copy of your study list with you.
Bruin Commuter Club
The Bruin Commuter Club (BCC) is a complimentary transportation program for those commuting to UCLA by public transit, bicycle, carpool, vanpool, or by foot. BCC offers exclusive benefits for those who quality using alternative transportation with such incentives as gift cards and discounted parking when needed. Students must be actively registered at UCLA and use one of the following: vanpool (full time), carpool, or public transit and not hold a UCLA permit. See here for more details on how to apply.
Parking on Campus
Parking at UCLA is not guaranteed for students which is why we highly encourage you to take advantage of alternative forms of transportation.
If you are wanting to obtain a permit, registered students need to fill out the online application and follow specific guidelines. Please be mindful of application deadlines for incoming students as the spaces fill up very quickly. Go to the Transportation Parking website for more information on how to proceed.
Parking in Westwood
The Westwood Village neighborhood adjacent to UCLA offers some great options for shopping, food, and other items you may need as a university student. If you are searching for parking in Westwood, there are over 30 parking lots in Westwood Village.
ParkMe offers an interactive map of parking lots and garage prices near campus and is able to provide real-time availability for most lots.
Street parking is also available all day on parts of Veteran Avenue, Gayley Avenue, and Hilgard Avenue. Make sure you read the street signs carefully as there are street sweeping days and you are at risk of receiving a parking violation if you do not follow the parking restrictions. Usually the Eastside of the street is on Thursdays and the Westside of the street is on Fridays.
Get Connected on Social Media
There are several commuter-related facebook groups which you can join to keep you connected to campus and help you build community among your fellow Bruin commuters.
Click below to learn more!