Budgeting and Support

 

UCLA offers free or discounted resources to both undergraduate and graduate students manage their everyday expenses. Check out the table below for possible opportunities:

Free or Cheap Meals

Bruin Resource Center

https://www.brc.ucla.edu/

Meal Voucher Program for all in need. To be eligible: live off campus and don’t have a meal plan

Hillel at UCLA

http://www.uclahillel.org/dining_facilities

Free Shabbat dinner on Fridays for Jewish students and students interested in the Jewish culture

Café 580 at 580 Hilgard Avenue

Free food, hot meals and internet access

Community Programs Office Food Closet at SAC 111

http://www.cpo.ucla.edu/

Students can pick up free groceries, no requirements, so please be considerate!

Basic Needs Committee

https://www.basicneeds.ucla.edu/Hungry/Resource-List

Free food resources on campus, free grocery shuttle, etc.

Housing, Utilities and Personal Care

Apartment Finances Guide by Financial Support Commission by USAC

http://fsc.usac.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/FSC-Apartment-Finances.pdf

Useful tips for and affording apartments

Career Closet at University Religious Conference Building

900 Hilgard Ave 304

https://www.facebook.com/careerclosetucla/

Professional outfits for interviews and events

Good Clothes Good People Redistribution Center at SAC B54

https://www.facebook.com/GoodClothesGoodPeople/?tn-str=k*F

Students can pick up hygiene products, casual and professional clothing, school supplies, etc.

Free and For Sale Group on Facebook

Students sell/buy furniture, textbooks, clothes, etc. for cheaper prices (Register with you UCLA email to join)

Transportation and Parking

Parking around Westwood Guide by Financial Support Commission by USAC

http://fsc.usac.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Updated-Parking-Guide1.pdf

Useful tips for parking options around Westwood and an overview of parking regulations

Transportation in LA Guide by Financial Support Commission by USAC

http://fsc.usac.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/FSC-Transportation-Article.pdf

General information about transportation options and deals, BruinBus information (goes around Westwood, free for students)

Ride Share Group on Facebook

Students use this group to carpool and cut down traveling expenses (Register with you UCLA email to join)

Entertainment

Central Ticket Office

https://tickets.ucla.edu/home

Discounted tickets for students

Campus Events Commission

https://www.uclacec.com/#/

Cultural Affairs Commission

https://www.facebook.com/culturalaffairsla/

Free concerts, guest speakers, movie screenings and other cultural activities for students

Printing

On the Hill (Covel Commons Student Technology Center, De Neve Room 333, Rieber Hall 145, Sunset Village Room 150B)

$5 fee for residents of the hill

LQBTQ+ Campus Resource Center (SAC Room B36)

10 pages free printing every day for all UCLA students

Student Activities Center Computer Lab (SAC Suite 106)

10 pages free printing every day for all UCLA students

Graduate Student Resource Center (SAC B11)

https://www.gsrc.ucla.edu/Services#504041631-printing

250 pages of free printing per quarter to all registered UCLA graduate students

Other

Free Software by CLICC Library

http://www.library.ucla.edu/clicc/software

Access free software using your UCLA logon

Student Discounts Guide by Financial Support Commission by USAC

http://fsc.usac.ucla.edu/?page_id=15

List of vendors that have special student discounts

iClicker and Laptop Loan Services

https://oid.ucla.edu/iclicker-rentals

http://www.library.ucla.edu/clicc/lending

Rent/borrow iClickers, laptops, etc. with a valid Bruin ID

 

One of the key elements for managing your money efficiently is knowing your expenses. You can use budgeting apps to track down how much you spend for food, utilities, entertainment, etc. and adjust your spending. Here are some useful budgeting apps:

Some budgeting apps may charge a small fee for their services like tracking your expenses and categorizing them automatically. However, you can create your own budget by using a spreadsheet and enter your transactions manually.

Financial Wellness Program helps UCLA students to manage their finances efficiently and confidently. They offer workshops, online courses, personal appointments, etc. and can connect you to other resources that you might benefit from. For more information, visit their website: https://www.financialwellness.ucla.edu/