Los Angeles, the largest city in the state of California and the second largest city in the United States, is a prominent center of culture, dining, shopping, art, and entertainment. It is an ethnically and culturally diverse city, the home of the UCLA BRUINS! And, the city of Los Angeles enjoys a Mediterranean climate with sunshine on most days of the year.

Enjoying Los Angeles

Life in LA

 The UCLA-VA Endocrine Fellowship Program is located in one of the most diverse and exciting cities in the world! Los Angeles offers an eclectic selection of activities from Santa Monica on the Pacific Ocean to Highland Park near downtown, and everywhere in between. UCLA is located right off the 405 and 10 freeways, connecting us to a network of communities brimming with vibrant art, ambiance, culture, and cuisine. Los Angeles really does have something for everyone. Sports fans, hikers, surfers, film buffs, music fans, art aficionados, beer/wine snobs, and "foodies" all find their niche in Los Angeles. Here are a few of our favorite spots:

For the Active Fellow

  1. Local hiking, camping, and mountain biking: Griffith Park (hike to the Hollywood sign!), Temescal Canyon, Los Leones, Will Rogers State Park, Santa Monica and Malibu Mountains, San Gabriel Mountains, Mount Baldy, Joshua Tree National Park
  2. The beaches (Malibu, Santa Monica, Venice, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach): surfing, skateboarding, rollerblading, running, beach volleyball, kayaking, picnicking, or just relaxing!
  3. Catalina Island: camping, hiking, snorkeling, exploring
  4. Skiing: Big Bear ski resorts (only 2.5 hours from the beach!!)
  5. Local classes: spinning, yoga, aerial silks, interval training, boot camp… you name it, we’ve got it
  6. UCLA Recreation: access UCLA’s modern gyms and pool facilities and visit UCLA Rec for gear rental, classes, and organized trips. https://www.uclahealth.org/anes/fitness
  7. Join a local intramural or rec league team for dodgeball, kickball, soccer, softball, and more!

For the Sports Enthusiast

  1. Basketball: LA Lakers, LA Clippers, LA Sparks
  2. Hockey: LA Kings
  3. Soccer: LA Galaxy, Los Angeles Football Club, LA Bobcats
  4. Football: LA Rams, LA Chargers
  5. Baseball: LA Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
  6. UCLA Collegiate Sports
  7. Santa Anita Horse Race Track

For the Entertainment Guru

  1. Independent films: Egyptian Theater, Arrow Theater, Nuart Theater, Echo Park Film Center, Downtown Independent
  2. Theater: Geffen Playhouse, Ahmanson Theater, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Mark Taper Forum, Kirk Douglas Theater
  3. Broadway musicals: Pantages Theater
  4. Outdoor movie screenings at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Street Food Cinema, Rooftop Cinema Club
  5. LA Film Festival
  6. Movie premieres all over town

For the Music Lover

  1. Coachella Valley Music Festival
  2. Twilight Concert Series at Santa Monica Pier
  3. Outdoor Concerts at the Hollywood Bowl
  4. Los Angeles Philharmonic
  5. Staples Center
  6. Nokia Theater
  7. Walt Disney Concert Hall (classical music)
  8. GRAMMY Museum
  9. Countless smaller venues: The Echo, The Troubadour, The Teragram Ballroom, The Mayan, The Satellite, The Regent….

For the Kid at Heart

  1. Disneyland
  2. Universal Studios Hollywood
  3. Six Flags Magic Mountain
  4. Knott’s Berry Farm
  5. La Brea Tar Pits
  6. Santa Monica Pier

For the Culturally Inclined

  1. LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art)
  2. The Getty Center- Malibu and Los Angeles
  3. The Broad Museum
  4. MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art)
  5. Griffith Observatory
  6. Museum of Tolerance
  7. Huntington Gardens
  8. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

For the Foodies

  1. Dine LA Restaurant Week
  2. American Food and Wine Festival
  3. Wine Tasting in Malibu
  4. Food Trucks
  5. Burger Tour! (Father’s office vs Umami vs Hole in the Wall, you decide)
  6. Tacos everywhere

Worth the Drive

  1. Mammoth Ski Resort
  2. Las Vegas
  3. Palm Springs
  4. Santa Barbara
  5. San Diego
  6. Santa Ynez Wine Country (Home of the movie, “Sideways”)
  7. Yosemite
  8. Mexico!


From the most expensive coastal areas to affordable student housing, Los Angeles offers a wide variety of housing options to suit every budget and lifestyle.

Many UCLA endocrinology fellows choose to live close to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in the communities of Westwood, west Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Culver City. Some who don't mind a longer commute may decide to live "over the hill" in the San Fernando Valley, or as far away as Long Beach. 

To learn more about affordable housing options in Los Angeles, visit UCLA’s Housing Resources.



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