Arriving to Westwood

The best way to get from LAX airport to UCLA (Westwood) is to take the FlyAway. There are curbside pickups and drop offs in Westwood Village (a few blocks from campus). The fare is $10 one-way and is, by far, the most affordable way to get to campus. Please click here for more information

Primetime Shuttle

If you prefer door-to-door service we recommend using Primetime Shuttle. The Dashew Center has negotiated a 10% discount with them to make getting from the airport a little more affordable. Make sure to make your reservation using this link in order to get the discount.

Note: Tipping the taxi or shuttle driver is expected in the United States. 10% of the fare is suggested.

If you arrive between 9:00am and 9:00pm, you can look for the Traveler's Aid booth located on the arrival level in every terminal. The Traveler's Aid volunteer will help you arrange an overnight stay at an inexpensive hotel near the airport. If you arrive after 9:00pm or if the Traveler's Aid booth is closed, you can call a hotel listed on the Hotel List Board in the Baggage Claim area. Most hotels near the airport provide free transportation from the airport to the hotel. You can also book a hotel in advance at this website:

Money/Currency Exchange

We recommend that you bring at least $100.00 in U.S. currency for airport transportation and one meal on the day of your arrival. If you are not able to change money in your home country, there is a Money Exchange location at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX airport, open daily from 6:00am to 12:00am (midnight). You can exchange money there when you arrive. (you will be asked to show your passport.)

Temporary Housing Information

If you need short-term accommodations once you arrive in Los Angeles, the following locations offer reasonable prices and/or are located near to the UCLA campus. Please contact them directly to make reservations. Please note that the agencies listed below are not affiliated with DCISS. A housing agreement or contract you commit to will be between you and the agency alone. DCISS and UCLA assume no liability to either party in any way, including performance of respective obligations under any agreement.

  • UCLA Guest House Hotel  Website
    Tel: (310) 825-2923

  • Royal Palace Westwood  Website
    Tel: (310) 208-6677

  • The Claremont Hotel  Website
    Tel: (310) 208-5957

  • Tiverton House  Website
    Tel: (310) 794-0280

  • Santa Monica HI-AYH Youth Hostel  Website
    Tel: (310) 393-9913


If you are planning to live in the University Residence Halls (Graduate or Undergraduate) then you might be eligible for early move-in. Please contact UCLA Housing to find out more about how you can move in early.

If you are NOT planning to live in the residence halls then unfortunately you are NOT able to stay in the residence halls, even temporarily. Please use the above resources to find a place to stay.

Long-Term Housing

If you are looking to rent an apartment off-campus, please look into the Dashew Center Apartment Packages that are offered for international students. These apartments are close to campus, fully-furnished (furniture, plates, sheets, etc) and include all utilities (TV, internet, electricity, etc). Packages start at $725. Please contact with any questions.

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